Aha! Here’s the fabric I was looking for…

Guess what! I’ve found the perfect fabric for my dotted Minoru I dreamed of making, back in this post here. (And rambled on about here, too.)

It’s a polyester crepe fabric, slightly heavier than a blouse weight. Strange choice, I know! The dots are perfect though – not too large, not too prominent. (I stuck my hand in the photo so you can see how small the dots are.) It’s slightly lighter than I would normally pick, so I’m going to use a more substantial lining fabric to help add body and structure.

I’ve picked up a great gold metal-toothed zipper (from Dressew) and creamy flannel-backed lining to add a little more structure and warmth. I’m doing View B this time – no hood zipper – because I thought the zipper would weigh down the collar too much and I want it to stay drapey.

This jacket is going to be a cool summer layering piece, great for throwing over printed sundresses without looking too matchy-matchy. Perfect with just about any colour scarf or sweater (turquoise! mustard! magenta!) when Fall comes around again. If I were a white-pants girl, it would be excellent with white pants. Perhaps a white dress instead.

I’m so excited to sew this one up!

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32 Responses to Aha! Here’s the fabric I was looking for…

  1. Inna April 25, 2012 at 6:23 am #

    There’s never enough Minoru!

    • Tasia April 25, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

      Yes! I agree! :) I like the solid ones I’ve made but look forward to trying it in a print!

  2. 1congn1to April 25, 2012 at 6:35 am #

    I’m curious if the finished jacket will be as lovely as I think it’ll be :-)

    • Tasia April 25, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

      I’m curious too – sometimes it all adds up in my head but doesn’t come out the same way when the project is finished. We’ll see soon!

  3. Vicki April 25, 2012 at 6:39 am #

    Its gorgeous fabric, I was looking for something similar for a summer dress. I love the idea of using it for a lightweight Minoru. I really must get my pattern ordered.

    • Tasia April 25, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

      It would be lovely for a summer dress too! I’m hoping it works well for a jacket also.
      Lots of Minoru patterns in stock for whenever you’re ready! :)

  4. Sue April 25, 2012 at 6:45 am #

    I love the fabric! Can’t wait to see the beautiful finished product. :)

    • Tasia April 25, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

      Thank you! :)

  5. Seraphinalina April 25, 2012 at 6:45 am #

    I have a soft spot for polka dots myself, those are a nice size.

    • Tasia April 25, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

      I know – the size was really important so they didn’t look childish or clownish. These are just right! With enough space between the dots, too. Funny the things you notice about fabric, when you really stop and look!

  6. Beth (SunnyGal Studio) April 25, 2012 at 7:58 am #

    Great fabric, I have recently found I like polka dots but as you say, they have to be just right. not too big or small. I am always on the lookout.

    • Tasia April 25, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

      Exactly! It also depends on the size of the garment, too. Big dots on a slim-fitting dress look different than on a full skirt. So many things to consider to get just the right look!

  7. Tilly April 25, 2012 at 8:27 am #

    Aha! That’s the fabric that I was looking for!!!!! Shame you’re on the other side of the Atlantic, that is exactly the fabric I was looking for to make a dotalicious circle skirt. I love the fabric and can’t wait to see if how it turns out. I suspect I’m going to be even more jealous by then…

    • Tasia April 25, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

      It would be a lovely skirt! It might be a touch too drapey for a circle skirt, unless that’s the look you’re going for, more of a softly-draped skirt. Can’t wait to sew with it and report back! :)

  8. Mary April 25, 2012 at 8:37 am #

    That will be so pretty-the Minoru is so versatile. It’s a genius pattern Tasia. I’m really enjoying wearing mine, and sad to have to put it away for the summer.

    • Tasia April 25, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying your Minoru jacket! It must get warmer where you are, I can keep lightweight jackets in my wardrobe year-round. (And put them away for thicker coats in the wintertime..)

  9. Tanit-Isis April 25, 2012 at 9:14 am #

    Ah, awesome! Love the polkadots, they are the perfect size.

    Will you underline to give it more of a jacket-weight feel, or are you going to try and maintain the drapiness? Is that a word?

    So many jackets I want to make…

    • Tasia April 25, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

      I think I’ll keep it drapey (I think drapiness is a word – oh, perhaps not, my browser does that red-underline thing to check spelling. It’s our word anyways!) and see how it looks. I like the idea of a soft, drapey jacket with all those gathers – and if it looks too wimpy I can go back and add something. I think the thick lining will be all I need!

  10. Denise April 25, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    I bought some small scale houndstooth print fabric to hopefully make a Minoru jacket of my own. Do you think a print like that will work for this pattern?

  11. Nothy Lane April 25, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    The minoru is so versatile a jacket! I love polka dots too, so the fabric choice is amazing. I love when I find the perfect jacket. Your lining sounds great too. Anything flannel-backed is fabulous!

    Nothy Lane
    http://www.aftagley.blogspot.com

    • Tasia April 25, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

      Yes! I love flannel-backed lining. It’s SO much easier to sew with than regular lining, feels great and is more durable too!

  12. Amy April 25, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    I’m so happy to see you sewing for yourself. One can never have too many jackets. I’m still dreaming of a Minoru out of sweater knit. Though, those polkadots are awfully tempting!

    • Tasia April 25, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

      Well, I’m certainly *buying* for myself, anyways, even if I haven’t gotten around to sewing yet! I love the idea of a sweater-knit Minoru! So cosy.

  13. Claire April 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    Polka dots are a great idea. Is the background black or brown? Could you tell more about the flannel backed lining? Either I’ve never seen it, or I’ve ignored it because I didn’t know what it was for.

    • Tasia April 25, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

      It’s black but looks almost navy to me. Flannel backed lining is shiny like regular lining on one side, feels thicker than regular lining, and is soft and fuzzy like flannel on the inside. You don’t see the flannel side when the garment is sewn, but it adds stability and warmth.
      It tends to be more expensive than regular lining. My local store has it in limited colours – if they have fifty colours of regular lining, they have five or size colours of this lining. It’s often called Kasha lining but I don’t know if that’s a brand name or what.
      Here’s a link to Kasha lining for sale:
      http://www.voguefabricsstore.com/Kasha-Satin-Winter-Coat-Lining
      or here:
      http://store.sawyerbrook.com/Coat-Lining/productinfo/L-CT/
      See, expensive. But so nice! And when you’re making something like a jacket or coat, it’s worth it to have strong and warm lining.

      Hope this helps!

      • Lucy April 25, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

        Meh, I don’t think that’s too expensive. Not if you consider what it would cost to buy flannel to underline your lining – it would probably work out at least the same, if not more expensive. Might have to keep an eye out for that – I’ve never seen it here but it’s possible it does exist.

  14. Sassy T April 25, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

    Love looking at the Minoru interpretations. Fab fabric.

  15. Carla April 25, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    Love it! Can wait to see it finished!

  16. Pearl April 25, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

    Love the polka dots! Where did you purchase the fabric?

  17. Amanda April 26, 2012 at 8:16 am #

    Those dots are indeed perfect, and the chocolate and that pale butter colour make a brilliant colour combination as well!

    Ahh don’tcha love Dressew? We should have a sewist get-together and shopping afternoon for all us Lower Mainlanders! But I digress… being a bit of a fabric snob, I’m trying to move away from using poly in my garment sewing, but do you think outerwear is an acceptable exception to that rule? I love the drapey-ness of that crepe :)

    BTW drapey is as much a word as colour is… spell check doesn’t know what it’s talking about ;)

  18. Amy April 29, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    Don’t you just love it when you find a fabric you’ve had in your imagination for ages? Can’t wait to see how it turns out. It’ll definitely go with everything!

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