Minoru Jacket Q & A

What an amazing response to the Minoru Jacket announcement yesterday! A ton of great questions came up and I thought I’d put all of the answers together in one post so it’s easy to read. (And if you have a question about the pattern that’s not already mentioned, please leave a comment and I’ll find you an answer!)

I forgot to mention that this is an intermediate level pattern, but with a little help and guidance an advanced beginner should be fine! So if you loved the look of the pattern, but worried it was too complex for you, it’s actually much easier to sew than it may look! Especially if we do another Sew-Along! Speaking of which, let’s get to the questions…

Q. Will there be a sew-along? I want to make this jacket but I’d love a little extra help.

A. Absolutely! I was thinking we should do the sew-along in January, after all of the holiday excitement is over. Many of you are making gifts for people, and everyone gets busy with parties and get-togethers and family events. Plus, it’ll give us something to look forward to in the New Year! How does that sound?

Q. How can I make it waterproof?

A. This one is going to be so good! I have an amazing guest post planned that’s going to talk about waterproofing and sewing real technical outerwear. I’ll also talk about making a coat that’s water-resistant. Water-resistant is different from waterproof – in the apparel industry, claiming that something is waterproof is a very strong claim, so you’ll see more garments labelled as ‘water-resistant’ rather than completely waterproof. (Or they won’t say anything. Labelling on garments is a really big deal and often requires proof and testing!) For our purposes, we’ll learn a bit about waterproofing, as well as making our jackets water-resistant. It’s going to be fun!

Q. What if I want to add inseam pockets (or some kind of pocket) to the front of the jacket?

A. That’s fairly easy to do! Here’s a link to a Burdastyle tutorial that gives you the basics of adding a pocket, and here’s another Burdastyle tutorial that shows you how to sew them. It’s simple to do – just remember to sew them in before sewing up the sideseams of your jacket. (When you get the pattern, that point is just before Sewing Step 9.)

Q. Is it easy to lengthen/shorten the jacket?

A. Yes! I added those helpful ‘lengthen or shorten here’ lines to the jacket pattern, so you can simply slash and spread the pattern to add length. I’ve added the lines to the sleeves as well, because if you’re taller, shorter, or just like your sleeves a certain length, it’s a good reminder to adjust the sleeves as well!

Q. Can we see the back of the pattern envelope for fabric requirements and such?

A. Absolutely! I’m putting together the pattern store page between now and when the pattern is back from printing, so I’ll have that up for you shortly. Metric conversions, too!

Q. I’m on the mailing list but I didn’t get the pre-sale email!

A. Try checking your spam folder – there’s an image in the email, so it may have been filtered out of your inbox! Did you sign up recently? It may be on its way to you, sometimes the emails are a bit slow to deliver. Problems with the pre-sale links? I fixed an issue with the PayPal buttons mid-day yesterday, so if it didn’t work at first, try again! (Still having problems? Let me know and I’ll fix it for you.)

I think that’s all of the questions I saw! (Did I miss yours? Let me know and I’ll get back to you.)

Thanks for all of the support so far – you guys are awesome!

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30 Responses to Minoru Jacket Q & A

  1. Corinne November 1, 2011 at 7:12 am #

    Within the context of development, you are really moving along nicely. This lovely little jacket is one of those must have pieces for any wardrobe. Stylish and functional. I am a jacket/coat person and this will be perfect for my use. I will need to add pockets, of course. Your hard work is evident here. The shaping at the waist gives a great fashion sense. I think a post-holiday sew along is the best. We will all need to start the new year with a positive note and will have time by then to concentrate on the project. It looks like it would easily adapt to any weight of fabric. Wonderful!

  2. Ashlee November 1, 2011 at 7:27 am #

    Hurray for a sew-along! I think a January start is perfect; gives people something to look forward to after the huzzbuzz of Christmas dies down and post-party depression sets in… not to mention for some of us it will be a GREAT excuse to stay in on freezing cold days/nights. Finally, it gives everyone time to shop for the perfect fabric! Can’t wait.

  3. Alana November 1, 2011 at 7:30 am #

    You’re always so good at answering questions, Tasia and I’m really looking forward to the sew-along. January sounds like good timing but I was wondering if the waterproofing/resistance post could possibly be earlier so we can start looking out for fabric now. If not, no drama :)

  4. Kat November 1, 2011 at 7:44 am #

    A New Year sewalong sounds perfect! I was a bit worried about fitting everything in as i am trying my hand at making Christmas gifts this year (arrgh!!) so that suits me really well. And I agree with the above comment about the waterproofing post, it would be great to have that in advance as I would love to make mine waterproof/resistant but wouldn’t know where to start in terms of selecting fabrics.

  5. Jenna November 1, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    Tasia–you are such a genius! I LOVE this design! And it’s been one of my goals since I started sewing to tackle a coat…Minoru here I come!!! I’m sure you’ll cover this in more depth in the future, but I’m really curious about the outer fabric. What to use & where to find it. :) One can never start shopping too early ;)

  6. Lauren M November 1, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    Hi Tasia,

    This pattern is exactly what I need. It looks sleek yet functional. Re: pockets- was the reason they were omitted from the original pattern because they add bulk to the hips? I figured that us pear shaped girls might not benefit from extra attention around the hips.

    I too was anxious to start scouting out fabric, especially if I might need a special kind for the water resistant. No pressure (we know you’ve got lots on your plate right now!) but I was wondering if you could give a few more specifics about fabric selection to guide us in the right direction. I would love one out of cotton or twill but wanted to start by researching the water resistant kind because that is what I need most.

    Thanks! By the way, you look GLOWING in all of these Minoru photos. Anything to do wtih the new sparkly ring on your left hand?

  7. wundermary November 1, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    Wow! I missed this yesterday, so wonderful! That is a beautiful coat.
    “I have an amazing guest post planned that‚Äôs going to talk about waterproofing and sewing real technical outerwear.” You are so right on time! I have been shopping for sporty, water resistant outerwear and haven’t been happy with anything I have found. Of course, I’ve been noodling with the idea of sewing my own. I am so up for this!
    Thank you!

  8. Pauline November 1, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    I am really looking forward to january for the sew-along. I am one the people who would need your advices for the jacket. I don¬¥t feel confident enough for the moment but I am sure that with your explanations and the helpfull comments on this blog, I might get a Minoru myself for next year. And I wanted to thank you on a more general matter as since reading this blog, my sewing skills and confidence have increased so much. I just completed a fully lined chanel-inspired jacket that I never thought I would be able to do. It’s so nice to find inspirational persons like you.
    Anyway, can¬¥t wait for what’s coming up!

  9. Kerry November 1, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    I’m TOTALLY up for a sewalong in the New Year. I followed your Crescent one which was fantastic and would definitely welcome guidance with this pattern which I so, so want to make. I’m pre-ordering now! :)

  10. Clare November 1, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    A January sewalong sounds great. My mum offered to contribute to my ‘new waterproof jacket’ fund for a Christmas present, but I think I’m going to request the materials from Pennine Outdoor instead! Will you be able to list the requirements for seam tape or seam glue before the sewalong starts, so that we can get the supplies in?
    Now off to preorder my pattern!

  11. Brittany November 1, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    I love this jacket! I just preordered one and am really excited to sew it! It looks exactly perfect for what I need.

    I’ve got just one question: It’s heading in to winter and I need something heavier than just a jacket. I’d like to make it in a wool, but I’m also wondering if it would be possible to underline or interline this for added warmth, to make it more coat-like?

  12. Becky November 1, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    It’s a bit selfish of me, but I’m hoping that you’ll post the waterproofing/resisting guest post before January! A winter raincoat is high on my priority list this year– I already have the yardage and notions to make a more trenchcoat-style pattern, or I’d strongly consider yours. But I’d still be quite interested to read your and your guest poster’s advice on it before I get started!

  13. Stephanie November 1, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    How exciting, I sooo can’t wait =D I usually follow your sew-alongs from the sidelines, sighing longingly with envy =P Should be able to follow along for real this time around!

    And I concur that you are absolutely glowing in these photos – adorable!!!

  14. Funnygrrl November 1, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    Great job! I love how necessity is the mother of invention…and you actually have the ability to create a pattern for something you couldn’t find!

    I’m jumping the gun a bit but I was wondering about built-in ease. Is it greater for jackets? Or if I plan to wear it over sweaters should I go up a size?

    Thanks for being so “hands on” with us!

  15. JP November 1, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    Hey Tasia! I love the Minoru jacket and have ordered the pattern already :) I just have one more question to add. Like you, I’m in Vancouver, and I was wondering if you had any recommendations on where to pick up fabric locally that would work well for the jacket. I was thinking Outdoor Innovations on Main Street: have you ever been there? Any other thoughts? (And I’d love to read the technical article on water resistant fabric pre-January too!)

  16. Mary November 1, 2011 at 8:41 pm #

    Love the jacket, and you made me smile about the labeling questions and the difference between waterproof and water resistant… Lots of techincal issues on calling something water resistant as well.
    But that is work, this is fun,

    Love the hood, I don’t use an umbrella much, but I love a roomy hood on a jacket.
    I think you have another winner here.

  17. Vicki Kate November 2, 2011 at 2:55 am #

    I’d love a January sew along! I’ve found a bonkers leopard print twill with a bit of stretch that would be so much fun for this… Can’t wait for the yardage details so I can order it!

    • Vicki Kate November 2, 2011 at 3:08 am #

      @Vicki Kate:
      Oh, and should have added that NikWax do a wash in waterproofer for cotton (machine or by hand). I plan on using it for the pre-wash of my fabric.

  18. Sally November 2, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    OMG sew-along please! I’ve never made outerwear before and this is the PERFECT project for a sew-along. I have some fabric stashed away, how many yards/meters are required for this jacket?

  19. jessica w. November 2, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    This Jacket is just so perfect! I too would love to participate in a sew along even though I don’t know exactly what that entails…… But I would love to learn and be a part of it.

  20. Sophia November 2, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

    I swear you’ve been reading my mind… first a practical, good looking jacket.. and now a sew along and lessons on making a rain coat?? This is going to be great! Thank you!

  21. Catholic Bibliophagist November 3, 2011 at 7:33 am #

    Put me down as another person who wants to know about fabric recommendations and yardage amounts. I saw some fabric on sale but didn’t know if I should buy it — or how much!

  22. Melissa November 3, 2011 at 7:49 am #

    I have been a subscriber of your email list for a few weeks and didn’t get the presale info either. I’ve searched around for the info, however I can’t find it. Is that something you can email me? The jacket is so adorable and perfect for SW Washington weather.

  23. Elisabeth November 3, 2011 at 10:57 am #

    I really love this jacket! I had sort of skipped over the part where you talked about the sew-along because I am pregnant and so fit is complicated right now. But, now I see you are going to do it in January! My baby is due the end of Nov. so I should be able to participate (if I’m not totally exhausted and sleep-deprived; well, I’ll do the best I can to participate). Yay!!! I live in the San Francisco area so this jacket will be totally wearable at that time of year.

  24. Angela November 3, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    Tasia,
    Could this jacket be constructed using athletic style knits? I’m picturing a more fitted warm up style jacket…what do you think?

  25. Lucy November 3, 2011 at 6:45 pm #

    Oooh, I might have to get this. Then I can have a nice toasty coat for the evenings when I teach dog obedience (it’s no joke to stand around the park on a rainy winter’s night, but at least we don’t get snow here)…at the moment I use a secondhand puffa jacket I got for $10 but it’s a little short and NO HOOD!

  26. Amy November 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

    I just pre-ordered the pattern. I can’t wait for the Sew-Along in January!

  27. petite josette November 8, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

    This jacket is super cute! I ride my bike every day to work, and my raincoat is everything but feminine. I would totally be interested in this jacket. My only comment is that it doesn’t have outside pockets, and for me it’s super important to be able to reach into my pockets to grab my bike lock key, my garage pass, etc…
    Would you be able to do a tutorial on how to add patch pockets (with a vent maybe?) it wouldn’t require any modification to the pattern but would be super useful !
    Thanks!!

  28. Kathy FS March 4, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

    I have a question (I found this website too late for the sewalong) for sewing the Minoru Jacket without the hood.

    The instructions don’t seem to indicate how to put together the collar for View B. Do I just sew the 2 fabric collar pieces together (leaving a space for turning inside out), turn inside out and press flat, then attach the collar to the neckline ala Step 8?

    thanks for your advice!

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