My Minoru Jacket Fabric Choices

Choices, with an S on the end! Yes, I’m making more than one version of the Minoru Jacket. I love wearing my first sample so much that I know I’ll like it in different fabrics. I’ll be focusing on just one jacket project for most of the sew-along, but if time permits I’d love to finish all three of these up!

For a sporty look:

Remember this red nylon fabric from the post on Fabric Recommendations? It’s going to be used for one of my Minoru Jackets! The lining is a grey mesh fabric. Here’s a closer look:

I’ve tested the nylon for waterproofness and it seems to be fairly resistant to water! I’ll report back after a couple of rainy bike rides, but it’ll protect against the wind as well. This one will have a hood – and I may even work out how to add armpit zippers. You never think you’ll need armpit zips until you start cycling or running – and finally understand what it’s like to want rain protection as well as ventilation!

This fabric is stiff – in fact, it stands up on its own. It’ll be much like sewing a thick plastic bag. It has a slight dry cottony feel to it, it’s not completely plastic-feeling to the touch. If it’s not a massive success when the jacket is finished, it wasn’t expensive fabric so I won’t be too upset!

For a warm and cosy version:

Brown wool coating – that does not photograph well at all! It’s so much nicer than it looks in photos. You’ll have to take my word for it, until the jacket is done!

This one is going to be interesting as it’s a very thick, soft coating fabric. It’s so thick that I’m prepared to skip the elastic if I have to. But I bet I can make it work! I’ll be making the view without the hood as well. A chocolate-brown coat has been on my wishlist for so long, so I’m very excited to make this one up!

For a wear-everyday version:

I think this pale pink will go nicely with the Honey Cowl. It’s so easy to get dressed in the morning when you’ve made (or purchased) pieces that work well together. My lining is a rayon bemberg lining that’s the perfect shade of peach – just a little bit darker than my cotton fabric!

This fabric is pretty similar to the orange cotton canvas in this version. It’s not quite a canvas, not quite a twill, but there’s an interesting texture to the fabric. Here’s a closer look!

For the Sew-Along, I’ll be working on the peach-pink cotton version. It will be the easiest to photograph and easiest to see details on! The brown fabric is incredibly difficult to capture on camera, and the red nylon version is going to take a little extra work. I might even add reflective piping to the red version!

Have you picked a fabric for the Minoru Jacket yet? Which one of these three combinations is your favourite?

What else have we talked about in preparation for the Sew-Along?

PS. Want to join us and sew the Minoru Jacket together? It’s never too late to join! Even if we’ve already started, you’re welcome to pick up the pattern and join the group. The more people, the more fun!

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67 Responses to My Minoru Jacket Fabric Choices

  1. Andrea January 5, 2012 at 6:46 am #

    I love how versatile this pattern is! I’m glad to see you’re using a heavier wool for one version, since that’s what I’m planning on for mine, too. Can’t wait for the sew-along to start!

    • Tasia January 5, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

      Yes! I’m looking forward to it too. It sounds like there are a lot of people sewing along this time, judging by all the comments and questions. I’m hoping the thick wool works out like I’m picturing it will!

  2. Ellen January 5, 2012 at 7:13 am #

    My outer fabric is similar to your orange “sporty” version, and I’ve been debating about the lining. I like your mesh idea. But then I also love your other choices as well.

    • Tasia January 5, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

      I thought mesh would keep it lightweight, plus Mr Sewaholic’s rain jacket is lined with mesh. We’ll see how it looks and how it sews up!

  3. Annabelle January 5, 2012 at 7:23 am #

    I just bought some bright pink cotton twill. I was hoping for a kelly green, but since I always buy fabric first considering the feel, then fiber content – I was limited in my choices. I think the pink will be fun and perfect for spring, plus it is really soft, while still have some structure and a good weight. I’m looking forward to your pink version as well. I can see myself making a few of these jackets – so I can’t wait to get started.

    • Tasia January 5, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

      Bright pink, how fun! It’s a good point to consider the feel first. You know it will feel great to wear and that’s important! I’ll keep my eye out for kelly green cotton twill.

  4. Jane January 5, 2012 at 7:25 am #

    I am looking forward to wearing my new jacket this spring. For anyone living in Canada and would like to order fabric online, I was able to find a nice organic cotton canvas at Their shipping rates were reasonable and I didn’t have to worry about paying duty.

    • Tasia January 5, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

      Thanks for the tip! Sounds like a good option for us Canadians!

  5. Kat January 5, 2012 at 7:28 am #

    I have chosen a maroon cotton canvas which i am going to pre-wash with Nikwax in an attempt to make it slightly water repellent. For the lining i have a cream cotton with dark red dots, which I love, and I also have a more slippery maroon lining fabric to use for the sleeves. I am excited about my fabric choices :) I love the colour of all your fabric choices Tasia, I think I am most interested to see how it works with the wool coating – if my first attempt is a success (which I’m sure it will be with the sewalong to help!) I am definitely tempted to try a warm and cosy version 2!

    • Tasia January 5, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

      Me too – I was secretly hoping to try it out before posting about it, so I’d know if it worked out or not. Now I’ve said it, and will have to admit if it doesn’t work out like it does in my mind! I’m sure it will work. Worst case, I have to skip the elastic and make a belt or something if I want it to be more fitted.
      Cotton canvas in maroon sound awesome and I’m loving all of the dotted linings you all have picked!

  6. Zena January 5, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    I’m planning to make the non-hood version in a wide wale corduroy that is somewhere between forest green and deep teal. I haven’t decided on the lining fabric yet but I hope to use fabric from the stash. Right now the two likeliest contenders are navy linen-cotton and red linen-cotton. I have a piece of substantial but slippery fabric (likely polyester) in a deep red that I may use to line the sleeves.

    Also, a fitting question: what is the back-waist length on this pattern? (Alternatively, where do I start measuring on the neck of this particular pattern to determine the back-waist length? I wasn’t sure whether the collar seam on this one would be at or below the vertebra that you measure from.)

    • Tasia January 5, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

      A tealy-green cord sounds awesome! All of the fabric choices you guys have made are great. Red would be fun for the lining! Good call about lining the sleeves in slippery fabric. I’m wishing I thought of that for my orange sample!

      The back-waist length on this pattern (from collar seam to top of the elastic placement) is 13″ to the top of the elastic, 15″ to the bottom of the elastic. It’s slightly higher than my actual waistline on my body, intentionally. That’s for size 4 – the distance between the collar seam and the waist elastic placement increases by 1/4″ for each size.

      For the collar seam, it hits at the neck where you start measuring the back-waist length. It looks like it may be wider and dropped but it’s hitting at that vertebrae like you mentioned.

      Hope this helps!

      • Zena January 5, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

        That’s exactly the info I was after. Thanks!

  7. Christina January 5, 2012 at 8:02 am #

    I love this jacket but am quite daunted at the thought of sewing outwear although I have a hankering to try it – rock and a hard place. It’s so great to get ideas for fabrics to try and know what other people think might be possible challenges to using them.

    Hope you’re still enjoying the Pashley Princess – I got one for my birthday a few years ago and love love love her – she’s quite a heavy miss which doesn’t make for easy riding round the hills of south east London, but my she’s a beauty.

    One other question – with the thick wool fabric, what needle size would you use?

    • Tasia January 5, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

      I am loving the Pashley! She’s a great daily ride, so steady and comfortable – and clean! I gave her a quick wipe-down yesterday and even after weeks of dirt and rain and grime, she was hardly dirty! Heavy, absolutely. So heavy and not the most efficient for hills. I’ve given up and walked her up the worst hills around here.

      With the thick wool fabric, I’d use a larger needle. (I am sort of bad at remembering to change my needle, so thanks for the reminder!) Claire Shaeffer’s Fabric Sewing Guide recommends sizes 80/12 – 100/16 for wool coatings, for this one I’d go for the higher numbers because it’s on the thick side. Hope this helps! If you’re unsure, test on scrap fabric to see how it sews.

      If you’re not sure about sewing outerwear, watch as we get started. This is a fairly easy outerwear piece – raglan sleeves rather than set-in sleeves, an easy collar rather than lapels, etc. And you won’t be alone!

  8. New Ribena January 5, 2012 at 8:19 am #

    I will be making the non-hood version in a blackberry cotton twill with a irridescent green/gray heavy rayon lining. I love your red version.

    • Tasia January 5, 2012 at 11:58 am #

      That sounds great too! Cotton twill is so easy to sew and comfortable to wear. Like throwing on your favourite beat-up denim jacket, but longer and cinched in at the waist. Excellent fabric choice!

  9. Fabiana January 5, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    I just bought my fabric yesterday, and I’m so excited. I choose red wool and red/white polka dots for the lining. Can’t wait to start!

    Cheers from very sunny Brazil!

    • Tasia January 5, 2012 at 11:56 am #

      That sounds awesome! I love red and I love polka dots. It’s going to look amazing!

  10. Linda Oldham Burns January 5, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    Where do you get reflective trim? I have been trying to find a source for this lately to sew on my son’s jacket.


  11. Kristine January 5, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    I have received the pattern today and already visited one fabric store to see what is in offer. So far found nothing with what would really fall in love but… even if I would see the fabric of my dreams, I still do not know how much to buy. I live in Europe and tried to convert to meters if the fabric width is 1,50 m but came up with something around 10 meters which obviously can not be true. So I am very waiting for metric conversions on your site otherwise I would be able to count how much I need only after cutting muslin. Hope not… because it is January and it is Sale season here. Would be so good to buy needed materials while the sale lasts.

    • Annabelle January 5, 2012 at 10:07 am #

      Hi Kristine – one yard is equal to about .9144 meters. So if 3.5 yards of fabric are required, you would be safe buying 3.2 meters of fabric (that is 1,50 m wide). For the hooded jacket requiring 4.25 yards of fabric, you would be safe with 3.9 meters. I chose the fabric requirement for the largest size – so using these guidlines you should have no trouble buying enough fabric. I’m sure when Tasia puts up the meteric conversion the meters will be a more round number – but this should give you an idea.

      • Kristine January 5, 2012 at 10:14 am #

        Annabelle, thank you a fortune! I did not expect so fast and well explained answer. Many many thanks! :)

        • Tasia January 5, 2012 at 11:32 am #

          Thank you Annabelle! And sorry for not getting the metric conversions up faster, Kristine! I’ve got it on the to-do list and will let you all know once it’s up and posted. I hope you’re able to find some fabric you love while it’s on sale!

  12. Holly January 5, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    I’m not joining the sew along because i’m worried about time but I plan to start my Minoru around the same time. I’ve picked out a grey and black herringbone twill with a cream and black polka dot flannel lining. My plan is for it to be a hiking in spring with just a t-shirt underneath jacket that is easily washable, and then I think i’ll make another in a more water resistant type of fabric that has not been picked out yet.

    • Tasia January 5, 2012 at 11:50 am #

      This is a really relaxed sew-along – you don’t need to do anything officially to be part of it, just drop by and read along if you get stuck, or want to see what everyone else is doing! I love the idea of a polka dot lining and flannel will be cosy and soft. This is a great ‘tee-shirt underneath’ jacket. Easy and comfortable but not too slouchy. Glad to have you with us!

  13. Sharon January 5, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    You have got some lovely fabrics to make up the Minoru jacket and I look forward to hearing about the chocoolate wool as that is one of my goals as well.

    I’ve chosen a navy ripstop fabric and a rayon print with navy/brown/cream flowers on it and may use some navy lining for the sleeves.

    I have toiled the Minoru, my sleeves are twisting, how do you fix that on a raglan sleeve?

    • Tasia January 9, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

      Hi Sharon! Hmm.. if the sleeve is twisting, you could try redistributing the gathers at the top? If it was a regular sleeve, we’d fix that by rotating the sleeve until it hung straight, so moving the gathers towards the back or towards the front might help the sleeve shift back into the right position. That’s my first suggestion! Also, is it possible the sleeves were mixed up (right sleeve and left sleeve)? If so that could affect the hang of the sleeve. Or if the sleeve is too snug, that would stop the sleeve from hanging properly. Or if the muslin was cut off-grain, then the sleeves won’t hang straight either.
      I hope this helps with some ideas on how to fix the sleeve!

      • Sharon January 10, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

        Thank you Tasia, I had pleated the fabric but will try your suggestions. The sleeves weren’t mixed up and the interesting thing is there a 4 of us at the one ASG Group who are making this jacket and all our sleeves twist? We are all familiar how to fix a set in sleeve but the raglan has got us a bit bemused.

  14. Latrice January 5, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    Oh my Tasia, I think we are going to have a similar sporty jacket. My version will be a red nylon and I almost want to say it is the same weight. My lining will be a black mesh with black zippers.

    My favorite of course is the sporty version.

    • Tasia January 9, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

      Fun! I love contrast zippers. Might as well make them attention-getting if we’re going to put them in!

  15. maggie January 5, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    I’ve actually already made my minoru (couldn’t wait for the sew along). I used a nylon that I found at Dressew. It feels soft and cottony one one side and has a waterproof coating on the other side. It wasn’t too bad to work with except for the gathers. Egads! The stiffness of the fabric and the rubbery coating made them quite frustrating. And honestly the gathers around the shoulder on the final product make me look like a bit of a linebacker because the fabric is so stiff. But the gathers are usually hidden by the hood, and overall I like the final product. The first day I wore it I got compliments on it! If I were to make it again though, I think I’d turn the gathers into darts, especially if using a stiff fabric.

    • Tasia January 9, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

      Thanks for sharing your experience working with stiff fabric! I’m glad you like the final jacket overall despite the troubles working with gathers. Turning the gathers into tucks or pleats would make it flatter and easier to work with in bulky fabric for sure.

  16. Leslie January 5, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    I couldn’t wait for the sew-along. I made mine in a day between Christmas and New Year’s. I am pretty new to sewing; this project was my fourth or fifth. I would encourage anyone to try it the instructions were great and it came together quickly and easily. I used black cotton twill with a flannel backed satin for the lining and extra warmth. I am very interested in making a second warmer version with wool coating so I’m glad to see it was one of your fabric choices! I’m also definitely inserting side pockets next time (looking forward to that tutorial!) Thanks for doing a sew along!

    • Tasia January 9, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

      Fantastic! I’m so glad your jacket came together easily for you. Yup, I will do a side-pocket tutorial at some point during the sew-along, thanks for the reminder!

  17. Dana January 5, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    Hi. I actually went shopping yesterday for my fabric. I had a hard time deciding on something that I liked. In the end I have purchased some coral coloured denim for the outer, I purchased a grey Bemsilk lining but now have changed my mind a will pick up a cream before the start date. I too wanted polka dots but was unable to find such a thing in a silky fabric. Can’t wait to start!

    • Tasia January 9, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

      Coral denim sounds pretty! Either grey or cream lining would be great with the coral.

  18. Amanda January 5, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    Oh that peach coloured fabric is divine! I’m not sure my skills are quite ready for a jacket but I am so looking forward to watching how everyone approaches this. Best of luck :D

    • Tasia January 9, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

      As jackets go, this is an easy jacket! Watch us put it together, and if you feel ready after seeing how it is constructed, then give it a try! I can’t wait to see everyone’s versions too.

  19. Alison January 5, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

    My fabric is allegedly a ripstop but it’s much more plasticy than the usual stuff. It’s red and I think it will be good. :) I’m hoping to get some mesh tomorrow for the lining so I’m glad you posted those pics!

    My second version is for winter and will be a bit more funky – aqua twill or drill with maybe a polar fleece lining. :)

    • Tasia January 9, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

      Nice! Mesh I think will be a good lining for nylon or ripstop fabrics. We’ll see how it comes together! I love the idea of aqua twill too!

  20. Vicki Kate January 5, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    Hi Tasia

    The wool looks gorgeous! And the pinks are so summery. Quick Q about the cuffs… My wrist measurement is 6″ but I’m sewing a 16 with a FBA. 10″ of elastic will gather the cuff but still be a bit big! Should I taper the sleeve down to another size and use a smaller cuff or have I completely misunderstood the instructions?! Any help that can be offered will be very gratefully received!

    • Tasia January 9, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

      Hi Vicki Kate! Ok, for the cuffs, they’re not a very snug-fitting cuff. They gather, but mostly they gather so the cuff is the same width as the sleeve opening. The gathers are more for looks than for a cinched-in cuff.
      I hope this makes sense! So what should you do? Well, I like how the cuffs look with the not-so gathered cuff. My wrist measures just under 6″, about 5 and 3/4 inches, and the finished cuff on my orange jacket is 9.5″. Much wider than my actual wrist! It’s on purpose, so the cuff sits down on my hand and not at the wrist.
      You can tighten the elastic if you want a snugger fit, but following the instructions will give you the same look as the pattern intended.

      Does this help? Let me know!

  21. Sarah January 5, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    Not making the jacket, but would be interested to know how warm your wool coat comes out. Here in the north of Wales (UK), I find wind cuts straight through my wool coat. Instead i normally wear a two part coat – outer is shower proof thin fabric – sort of posh rip stop nylon I guess with a thin shiny lining, inner is thick fleece with shiny lining sleeves only, the two zip together and make a great warm wind proof coat.

    • Tasia January 9, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

      Here it’s not quite that cold out, so I’m not sure my wool coat would be warm enough for your windy weather! Your two-part coat sounds ideal to cut the wind and to keep you warm on the inside.

  22. Joy January 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

    The peach fabric is my favorite!

    I’m using a natural-colored linen, ivory Bemberg lining and will try to include some light pink accents and exterior pockets. I’ve been needing a lightweight jacket and hope this is the ticket!

    • Tasia January 9, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

      Sounds nice – natural and ivory will make a great neutral jacket!

  23. Lisa January 6, 2012 at 12:16 am #

    Hey Tasia,

    Have you thought about adding cords to the hood? Especially with the rain jacket. I love big hoods, but one gust of wind and it blows off your head. Pulling the cords looks ridiculous but at least the hoods stays on. I want to make too versions too, one wool and for rain!


    • Tasia January 9, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

      That’s a good idea! You could easily add a buttonhole to the hem of the hood and insert a cord.

  24. Lynda January 6, 2012 at 1:37 am #

    Hi Tasia

    I am planning to make my jacket from fushia pink linen and the lining which has a cream background with large roses on it. I would like to line the hood so that the lovely lining is visible when the hood is both up and down. Do you think this will be a problem? Looking forward to getting starting.
    Regards from sunny New Zealand.

    • Tasia January 9, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

      Hi Lynda! Sorry I’m a bit confused. You want to line the hood but want the lining to be visible while the hood is worn? In that case, it sounds like you want to make the hood out of lining fabric, and also use the lining to line the hood. It’s not a problem – just make sure to buy enough lining fabric to cut two hoods!

  25. Gabrielle January 6, 2012 at 3:46 am #

    I’m not ready but I would really like to take part! Looks like such a great shape of jacket!

    • Gabrielle January 6, 2012 at 3:47 am #

      Oh PS – do you have stockists in Australia by any chance?

  26. Mary January 6, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    Hi Tasia,
    If you are looking for reflective trim in the Vancouver area, Fabricana in Richmond usually has it in stock. I’m also looking forward to making my jacket.

    • Tasia January 9, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

      Thanks! I thought they might have it there. :)

  27. noreen January 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

    I am making two coats – one during the sew-along for my mother and one after that for me.

    For my mother’s coat, I found a green cotton that is slightly thicker than a twill. For my own jacket, I chose a bright pink cotton twill. Both jackets will be lined in a white with purple polka-dots lining fabric. I found all of three of these in the red-lines clearance at my local fabric store – score!

    • Tasia January 9, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

      Fantastic! Both jacket fabrics sound lovely, that is great that you found polka-dot lining!

  28. bunny January 6, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

    do you think that laminated cotton fabric would work for this jacket? i want to make a raincoat with a nice big hood. here’s a link to a fabric i was thinking about…

    • Tasia January 9, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

      It depends on the thickness – I have a feeling this fabric may be too stiff to gather! Maggie in the comments mentioned that her fabric was too thick to gather and she didn’t like the look of it, plus it was hard to work with. I think the laminated cotton may be better in a more simple style, but then again I haven’t actually touched this fabric and don’t know how thick or stiff it is in real life.

  29. Kristen January 7, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    I love the variety in these choices! I can’t wait to see how they turn out!

    • Tasia January 9, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

      Thanks! I hope I’m able to finish and wear all three versions soon!

  30. Emma January 10, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    I purchased a bubble gum pink waterproof fabric- it’ll go well with both of my bikes (bring green and shiny red!). I have a plaid that I am considering for the lining! I love all three of your choices- the soft pink looks luxurious!

  31. Chrissy March 9, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    Thanks for doing this sewalong! I’m coming in a little late to the game (actually, I’m asking for the pattern for my bday from my hubby at the end of April, so I’ll be way behind by then. LOL!). I was wondering if you purchased your pink fabric locally? I love the texture!

    • Tasia March 9, 2012 at 10:24 am #

      Yes! I bought it at Fabricana in Richmond. It’s a stretch cotton fabric. If they don’t have that exact one still, they may have similar options!

  32. Chrissy March 9, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    Thanks Tasia! I’ll take a look for something similar next time I’m there =)