I made a number of small changes to the pattern to suit my fabric choice and my preferences. First, I attached the hood to the base of the collar instead of adding it as a ‘hidden hood’ within the collar. This is because I made this jacket as a rain jacket with waterproof fabric so I figured, any time I was wearing this jacket, I would likely be needing the hood! No need to hide it :).
I shortened the collar considerably and still find it sufficiently cozy. I lined the collar with flannel which really makes it feel nice against my skin. I had intended to add a zipper shield with a flannel lining as well but forgot to sew it in…which is too bad because this fabric didn’t handle stitch-ripping very well (the holes from the needle don’t really disappear). It would have been a nice addition to the coat because, without the shield, the cold zipper rests against my chin when the coat is closed!
You can see I had a bit of trouble dealing with the fabric – especially along the front zipper plackets. They dragged and shifted no matter how careful I tried to be (I used LOADS of pins). When I edited these photos I had to adjust the shadows and highlights considerably so you could see the seamlines in the jacket…I think this made the ripples on the plackets more obvious than they look in real life (I hope!).
I graded between sizes at the hips so that the jacket doesn’t flare out quite as much at the hips. I also shortened the hem slightly and added inseam pockets to store treats and poop bags for Luki :P.
The biggest change I made to the construction process is that I skipped the lining (everywhere except the sleeves which I lined with slippery mesh). While I love lined jackets, it seemed a shame to line this jacket because my fabric is really unique – it has a waterproof exterior and a fleece interior which is fused together. I didn’t want to cover up the cozy fleece!
I love the gathering included in this design, especially at the waist – it’s really flattering! I’m happy with the fit too – it is loose enough that I can layer a sweater and even another jacket underneath it for added warmth (since I finished my ‘fall jacket’ well after the first chilly frost!). At the same time, the sleeves look pretty slim and I don’t feel overly bundled when I wear this jacket.
Well, I think it’s safe to categorize this Minoru Jacket as a win! I’m heading to Vancouver to hang out with the actual designer (Tasia of Sewaholic) tomorrow – I think I’ll be a little cheesy and wear the jacket for the trip :P.