Sunday, 1 April 2012

Joy of Minoru :)

Sunny Sunday in Shimokitazawa

It's ready! It's been ready for two weeks but the weather in Tokyo was crap. But today the sun prevailed and I had to show off my Minoru ^.^

This year the winter in Tokyo lasted forever. This yellow cotton canvas was the first fabric I saw in the store and I did not hesitate a second. It was so springy and cheerful and warm! For the lining in picked the comics' superhero cotton fabric by Kokka. I am not a comics fan at all but his particular print was so funny and matched the jacket fabric perfectly. 

Time-wise it took me 10 to 12 hours to work on Minoru. One week for muslin and fitting and 2 weeks for sewing. I have to admit I did not work consistently on it but in alternation with other non-sewing related projects

Funky comics pattern. I could not resist it.

What did I change? For my figure, this pattern did not require many major alterations. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the first muslin fitted almost perfectly, I cut it in size 4. Being tall (177cm) with long wast line I usually add 3-8cm to industrial patterns to lengthen my waist. But with pattern was heaven! 

Since I am not hourglass I shortened the bottom by 4cm from both sides. I did not sew in neither cuffs nor hood, but I added the pockets. And lastly I shortened the collar by 4cm.

When I was attaching elastic I decided to sew it directly to the jacket and not to both layers (main fabric and the lining). This change gives me more movement at the waist. In this construction I did not tuck the lining into the hem of the main fabric but let it hang freely. To hold it in place, I catstitched the lining to the front pannel  on both sides (see picture bellow).

Me being silly

Pretending to be cold

Being silly again

Yellow is a perfect color for spring

Lining from the inside

I zigzagged the lining and then catstitched it to the shell
What would I change in the future Minoru? I plan to make 2 more Minoru: one in the waterproof fabric with the hood and another one in more solid fabric for the colder weather. I would add pockets just bellow the bust-line which I find more cozy. Zipper pannel and collar would be made in contrasting fabric.


  1. I don't understand the lack of comments on this post..your Minaru kicks butt!

  2. Absolutely gorgeous and funky. Gteat comic strip lining so unusual. One would pay a fortune for that jacket. I have the Minoru on my wish list.

    1. Hehe! Can you find me that one who would pay a fortune?

  3. This fantastic! Great colour, great fit and I love the comic book lining!

    1. Thank you! Maybe the comic book lining is kinda cheesy, but it rocks!

  4. El Baúl de las Costureras22 September 2012 at 17:13

    thewallinna Espectacular!!! me ha gustado mucho el color amarillo de la chaqueta, la tela forro con comics le ha dado un toque muy original. Muy buen trabajo de costura y creatividad. Saludos de una Venezolana en Chile

  5. ¡Gracias Maria Elena! ¡La comunidad online de modistas me da mucha inspiracion!

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