Novita’s Minoru Jacket

Hey, everyone! I’m thrilled to share another pattern tester’s Minoru Jacket today! Today’s jacket is made by Novita of Very Purple Person. Novita lives in Japan, one of the farthest-away pattern testers!

You may have already seen Novita’s lovely denim version she posted on her blog this week but in case you haven’t, take a look!

Click the image above to read Novita’s blog post on her Minoru Jacket and see her modeling it! I just love the detail shots of her version – the gold zippers are the perfect touch and the gold topstitching is beautifully done! The denim, the stitching and the printed lining work so well together. If you’re choosing fabric and have a hard time finding zippers to match, picking a completely different colour zipper is fun and looks intentional, rather than settling for a sort-of-matching colour. (Which isn’t what she did here, this is totally on-purpose and looks awesome, but just a thought if you’re having difficulties with yours!)

Thanks, Novita, for being a pattern tester! Have an awesome weekend everyone!

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17 Responses to Novita’s Minoru Jacket

  1. Mary November 11, 2011 at 6:54 am #


    Just visiting your site, spotted your pattern page. Noticed there are only three pics on it. Are you in the process of adding the jacket to the site?


    • Tasia November 14, 2011 at 9:55 am #

      Yes! The jacket pattern will be available in the shop this week. I’ll post on the blog when it’s in stock!

  2. Suzanne November 11, 2011 at 7:09 am #

    I love her version (I follow her blog and found your site after seeing this great jacket. I can’t wait for the pattern to be available! It will have to be a spring coat though….NYC winters are too cold).

  3. Kathy November 11, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    Absolutely love it!!!

  4. Caroline November 11, 2011 at 9:20 am #

    Consider my mind blown. I now follow Novita’s blog, too! The only think I would add would be rivets, but denim rivets are hard to find in the case you don’t want to buy the minimum #10,000 direct from India. I hunted some down in the Louisianan backwoods, from a real nice guy named Junior who likes to make bullets and hang out at juke joints. Random, but thought I’d share this here in case any of you are looking for rivets, now or in the future (I really did have to dig the Internet to find this guy):

  5. thetroubleis November 11, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    Wow, that’s an awesome variation! I can’t wait to get my pattern.

    I know you’re planning on sharing information on waterproofing the jacket, but I was wondering if it would be possible to get some information on making it as warm as possible. I live in Maine and I would like to get as much use out of the pattern as I can. I think I’ll probably make two jackets, one basic and one warmer so any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    • Caroline November 11, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

      Hi thetroubleis – seems like a reasonable request from Maine! I think you could make it pretty darn warm by using a windproof and/or water-resistant outer and a windblock (micro)fleece liner. That way it wouldn’t be too bulky at all; you’d still have a great shape, and a really functionally warm jacket. Maybe add a little more ease to the sleeves, so you can wear long sleeves underneath!

      • thetroubleis November 11, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

        I never would have thought of adding ease, thank you!

        I can honestly picture myself wearing a version of this coat regularly for 3/4ths of the year.

  6. Helene | 25reasons November 11, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    OK this one is my very favourite! Love the colour, love the lining, especially love the zippers. So now I have a major problem, and a new project – where do I get my hands on some of those yellow metal teeth zippers! Google not helping me much yet. The search continues. Hopefully will find before my pattern arrives in the mail :)

  7. Bella November 12, 2011 at 4:46 am #

    Novita-san! Dai sukii des!

    I love the West African lining fabric. So cool.

  8. Vanessa November 12, 2011 at 6:41 am #

    So nice, so cool, Novita rules!

    By the way, because I’m catching up after a long and busy time period, congratulations to you and your beloved one!! I’m looking forward to see your wedding dress :)

  9. Justine November 12, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    Hi Tasia,
    I would love to be a pattern tester if you need more! I am starting a sewing linky party today called Sew & Tell Saturday at my website and I am hoping to get some vintage sewists aboard to post their projects because there aren’t any sewing linky parties to show off vintage sewing. But you can post anything fabric related too! Kids stuff, knitting, crafts… I hope you can come over and post a link to your blog today! Thanks so much!Justine @ Sew Country Chick

  10. Ann November 13, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    Hi, Tasia, I wasn’t sure where to leave this comment, but I was wondering if you thought it would look good/be possible to add fake fur trim to the hood of the Minoru jacket? Thanks!

    • Tasia November 14, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

      Hi Ann! This is a good question. I’ve been thinking about it for a while, because I think faux-fur trim would look gorgeous on a dressier version of the jacket! But here’s the thing – the hood tucks into the collar. You have to be able to roll it up and zip the collar closed.

      So you have two options – skip the faux fur and be able to roll it up.

      Or, add the trim, and never tuck the hood into the collar. The hood will always be down.

      I started to think of a third option, maybe we could somehow make the hood detachable? I have a hooded jacket that zips or snaps off. It would take a bit of work to figure out how to do it, but it may be possible! You’d sew the View B version, and cut hood pieces separately. Then we’d have to finish the lower edge of the hood, and attach snaps to the hood and collar so we could snap it on and off. So it IS possible with a bit of experimentation!

      Hope that helps!

  11. Ann November 14, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    Ah, I see! Of course, that makes sense about the zipping, I just hadn’t thought of that. As a beginner, I will probably just go for it as is, for my first version, at least — but maybe once I have one under my belt, experimenting with snaps would be fun. Thanks so much!!

    • Tasia November 14, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

      No problem! You’ve got ME wanting to add faux fur to one of my jackets now! It’s a great idea. You could even do snap-on fur instead of a whole snap-on hood. Tons of possibilities!

  12. Debbie December 2, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

    Great jacket. can’t wait to start sewing one. But waiting until the new year now! I love the lining!