Sewaholic Minoru jacket done!

Sewaholic Minoru Jacket

Sewaholic Minoru Jacket

You guys I finished my second jacket of the month…check me out….I am on fire!!! hahaha

This is my first attempt at the incredibly popular Minoru jacket. I say first because I made this straight out of the envelope and overall I am pretty pleased with the finished garment, but, well, if I make this again I would probably tweak it slightly and maybe make it in a more exciting fabric. Does it look a little dull to you? Navy and grey? Zzzzzz

Sewaholic Minoru jacket elephant lining

Sewaholic Minoru jacket elephant lining

Kapow! I jazzed up the main body of the lining with a bright pink cotton lining with little grey elephants all over it.

Sewaholic Minoru jacket elephant lining

Sewaholic Minoru jacket elephant lining

Sewaholic Minoru Jacket hood lining

Sewaholic Minoru Jacket hood lining

Sewaholic Minoru Jacket zip and topstitching detail

Sewaholic Minoru Jacket zip and topstitching detail

Can we spend a minute talking about zips? Specifically, are the only zips worth buying YKK zips? Initially I ordered a metal toothed open ended zip from some random ebay supplier. Said zip came (superfast), but when I examined it, it just felt cheap and not very reliable. I did some more research. What I read was that YKK zips are probably the most reliable zips you can buy; they are least likely to need replacing. So I then ordered a pair of (YKK) heavy duty open ended zips from Jaycotts. I ordered a pair because I couldn’t get a matching closed ended zip so I cut the second zip down for the hood zipper. I went for grey because I thought it would break up the navy, and pick out the grey elephants. I think it gives the jacket a little more of a sporty feel.

Sewaholic Minoru Jacket

Sewaholic Minoru Jacket

Sewaholic Minoru Jacket

Sewaholic Minoru Jacket

Sewaholic Minoru Jacket

Sewaholic Minoru Jacket

Sewaholic Minoru Jacket

Sewaholic Minoru Jacket

BTW, the outer fabric is the same waterproofed poplin that I used for Vogue 8884. Here’s my review; it’s easier to just write everything in there rather than repeating myself.

Pattern Review

Pattern Description:

The Minoru Jacket is a zip-front weekend jacket with a secret hood hidden inside the wide collar! If you prefer, skip the hood and let the dramatic collar be the focus. Flattering raglan sleeves are comfortable and easy-to-sew, and the elastic waistline creates a slim, curve-hugging silhouette.

No need to choose between having a hood OR a cute collar. The hood is tucked away in the wide, roomy collar, ready for when you need it, but stays hidden when you don’t! The collar looks great done up or left open. The jacket is fully lined, with interior patch pockets to stash your cards and keys safely and out of sight.

Practical and pretty!
Pattern Sizing:

0 – 16

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?


Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yes. There is also a great (very detailed) sewalong with some extras in it, like how to line the hood and how to machine the lining to the cuffs, rather than slipstitching.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

This really is a great pattern which sews up so well! I love the elastic in the waist which gives a more feminine silhouette. I love that it is such a practical pattern but you can customise it in so many different ways.

Things I dislike:

First off the printing on the pattern is waaaaaaaay too light. I mean, seriously, annoyingly light. Barely readable light. And there are others who have noticed the same thing. When you are paying a premium price for an independent pattern I think that’s a poor deal.

The window marked on the pattern piece is too big for the 18 inch zipper. Fortunately I read about this on another blog before I came to sewing this part (so it didn’t annoy me as such – just pointing it out) – and anyway, I had a longer length zipper which I cut to size (on account of having to order two open ended zippers to get matching ones for the jacket front and the collar/ hood opening).

There are no outer pockets on the jacket. Again, this wasn’t a big deal for me. I added in inseam pockets 1.5 inches below the waist elastic using this tutorial. But for a beginner this may be somewhat off putting.

Fabric Used:

Waterproofed poplin outer, printed cotton lining for main body of jacket, acetate (?) lining for sleeves and heavy duty open ended zips.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

I lined the hood using the sewalong instructions.

I chose to bind the raw, unfinished edge of the hood/ collar (concealed inside the hood compartment).

I interfaced the collar (the instructions don’t tell you to do this).

I added inseam pockets 1.5 inches below the waist elastic.

I machine stitched the lining to the cuffs. This meant this jacket involved zero hand stitching – yeah! TBH I think Tasia’s instructions for this part of the sewalong are a little confusing (no offence Tasia if you read this), and I used Grainline’s tutorial on bagging a lining instead.

I omitted the internal pockets – I have no use for them.

One thing to watch out for; one of my plackets ended up being longer than the other and I had to go back and even them up (which meant unpicking some topstitching). Others on have commented on a similar experience.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Yes, I might sew this again. It’s such a great pattern to have in the collection. Minor tweaks next time would be to possibly shorten length/ shorten sleeves and grade in at bottom of jacket. Yes, I highly recommend.


Make this pattern if you want to invoke jealousy in others around you….be warned. 🙂

Sewaholic Minoru Jacket

Sewaholic Minoru Jacket

Sewaholic Minoru Jacket

Sewaholic Minoru Jacket


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About sewmanju

I love to shop, but I also love to sew my own clothes, and am currently on a mission to improve my (fairly basic) dressmaking skills. I confess to going into shops and being outraged at the prices of some (not very well made) garments (is it an age thing?) and think "huh, I could make some thing at least as good as that for less" (is it something to do with coming from the Indian subcontinent?) So this blog details my sewing endeavours, both good and bad....I love to nosey through other people's sewing everyone can get to see mine.

34 responses to “Sewaholic Minoru jacket done!”

  1. BiKé says :

    The jacket is very neatly sewn. You did a GREAT job in it. Love it.

  2. sewexhausted says :

    You did a fantastic job! I love the elephant fabric on the inside! ~Laurie

  3. Sew, Jean Margaret says :

    Your sewing is impeccable. Although the navy and grey, as you said are a bit boring, you have certainly brightened it up with your elephant lining. A truly beautiful jacket that you should wear with pride.

  4. Roberta Fahrni says :

    You did a great job on this! The blue is basic and functional…. I can also see it in something fun and lively. Well done!

  5. sewbusylizzy says :

    One of the nicest versions of this jacket I’ve seen. Lovely fabric choices and I really like the contrast zip.

  6. Melizza says :

    I would be jealous of it too. Great Minoru. Thanks for the heads up on all the hiccups you encountered. This pattern is still on my must-sew list.

  7. Tcue says :

    I really like your jacket. In fact, I think I have enjoyed everything you’ve posted. You have a great eye for matching pattern style with fabric. Since we have similar body shapes, I am going to start taking my sewing cues from you. Is that weird? I don’t care if it is weird. After I finish up what’s on my cutting table right now, I am going to go through your blog and pick out the patterns I already have, go through my stash and have at it. Thanks for all the great inspiration!

  8. Lisa P says :

    This coat is so flattering on everyone I have seen. The nipped in waist and waterproof fabric / hood combo just make it perfect. Fantastic job .

  9. Rachel M says :

    Brilliant job, I cannot believe that last week I saw the red coat you had made and already you have made this so beautifully. I do not buy branded zips because I buy from Birmingham rag market one stall has three big boxes of zips to rummage through at 3 zips for a £1. Whenever I am in I call in and stock up. If I am not in Birmingham for work, I have had excellent zips off eBay.

    PS how did you tell by looking at the fabric it would be waterproof?


    • sewmanju says :

      Thanks Rachel. The fabric for both coats were labelled as waterproof poplin. I did a little test of my own on a sample and water seemed to just bead and run off. But the proof will come when I wear the minoru out on one of our wet Cumbrian days!

  10. Kay says :

    It is perfect. I love it. I have the pattern, and should make it!

  11. Debbie Cook says :

    Great Minarou! “Boring” will do you well when you want to grab a jacket and run out and not worry about matching. I bet you get a LOT of use from this one. Too bad the light printing wasn’t caught in quality control, either at the printer or by the pattern company during a press check or later. I don’t think indies should be given more leeway, since the higher prices should cover things like this. I’m more willing to give the Big 3/4 a break when I’m only paying $2-4 a pattern (only buy during sales). Uh oh … going off on a little rant again. 🙂

  12. Kristin Saunders says :

    So in love with the elephants! Fabulous coat 🙂

  13. Diana says :

    Love your jacket and top stitching details! I made this jacket last year and used a waterproof material that I now find too stiff. Stiff wearable but not as comfortable. Yours looks softer and more comfortable to wear! Good job!

  14. Dawn says :

    Your jacket is lovely. Cute lining 🙂
    Can I ask where you got your waterproofed poplin from ? I have also just bought this very same pattern and Im struggling for fabric! Thanks 🙂 x

  15. SewSheSho says :

    Years late but just been searching for a good coat to make during this rainy New Year we’re having and came across your version. I’ve read lots of your posts and we have a similar shape so you’ve definitely inspired me to add this to my to make pile! I hope you got lots of wear out of it!

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