Sew-Along Speed: How Fast Do You Want to Go?

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s been a good week for me. My next pattern is in the works, I was a guest speaker at an exciting event yesterday (more to come on that!), and my office is freshly re-organized. I love the feeling of winding down the year, tying up loose ends, and getting ready for a fresh start in January.

Especially because we’ll be sewing the Minoru Jacket together in January! I’m very excited to be sewing this jacket along with you guys. I’m putting together a schedule like we did with the Lonsdale Sew-Along (click here to see the handy calendar I did last time) and was wondering about speed. How fast do you guys want to do this? When do you want to be wearing your finished jackets?

I’ve done a quick outline of the sewing steps and it looks like we’ll be finishing up by Feb 15th or 20th if we go at a pretty fast speed. That’s about a month from the start date of January 16th, 2012. No weekend posts, but daily Monday to Friday sew-along steps. Some of them are easy, quick sewing posts and some will be more involved. I didn’t include fitting or making a muslin, but start right off with the first sewing step. I’m hoping to include some bonus steps like adding pockets to the outside of the jacket.

So we’d start January 16th, and be finished by February 20th. That’s a full month to make our Minoru Jackets.

Is that too fast? Is that just right? Let me know what you think!

Can I still join the Sew-Along?

A couple people have asked whether it’s too late to join in. It’s never too late to join! Even when we’ve already started, you’re welcome to pick up the pattern and join in the fun. The Sew-Along posts will always be up on the website for reference later on, with a full list of links on this page – Sew-Alongs.

Where can I find the Sew-Along related posts so far?

Here are links to all Minoru Sew-Along related posts. So far, we’ve talked a bit about timing, fabric suggestions and seen how to adjust the pattern for a fuller bustline.

Plus, you can find sew-along related posts in the future following this link:

Let me know what you think about the timing for the sew-along! If that sounds about right to you, I’ll put together a calendar for the first week of January so you can plan your sewing time.

My Christmas festivities are starting already, with four events to attend this weekend. (How many times do you think I can wear last year’s party dress without anyone noticing?)

Have an awesome weekend, everyone!

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32 Responses to Sew-Along Speed: How Fast Do You Want to Go?

  1. Vicki Kate December 16, 2011 at 6:25 am #

    I think that the speed is probably OK? It sounds a little intense, but not impossible especially as there’s the weekends to catch up! It’s good to know we’ll be launching straight into construction as I now know I need to have done the fitting and any other prep by then… And a pocket adding tutorial would be brilliant, if not I’ll wing it…

  2. Ainslie December 16, 2011 at 6:39 am #

    I think 4-6 weeks would be perfect. It’s ok to have a day or two off during the week too for those of us slow pokes. Do we need to get fitting done now?
    I’m very excited about this! Working through the pendrell sew along even now :)

  3. cassandra December 16, 2011 at 7:20 am #

    Perfect speed for me. Just in time for late winter, early spring! Well, really early spring.. fingers crossed.

  4. patsijean December 16, 2011 at 7:59 am #

    Four weeks is just fine.

  5. Zena December 16, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    I’m hoping to have mine ready for a trip that starts at the end of January. It’s looking like I’ll probably have to get rolling early.

  6. Ida December 16, 2011 at 8:11 am #

    Sounds perfect!

  7. Mary December 16, 2011 at 8:20 am #

    I think your schedule is fine and those who can sew more often, or faster, can go ahead or wait for the rest. Thanks for announcing that we will start right off without a muslin-I’ll get going on that before the 15th. I am so excited about this pattern as I try to fill my closet with casual outdoorwear which is comfortable and fashionable. You have filled a niche!

  8. Darci December 16, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    I’ll be starting my muslin soon! The sew-a-long rate sounds grrrreat!

    I’m also starting my Vancouver Fog Fingerless Gloves today. Thanks so much for sending me the link to the pattern!

  9. Lise December 16, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    Four weeks is just fine with me.

  10. noreen December 16, 2011 at 9:00 am #

    Oh, how I wish I could sew along! Unfortunately, I am 6 months pregnant, due in April, and a fitted waist jacket just isn’t going to be possible for me. Bummer!

  11. Nethwen December 16, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    That party dress is gorgeous and looks perfect on you. Wear it every chance you can, I say, but I do understand the need to change things up when you see the same people over an over.

  12. Salma December 16, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    I’m excited about the new pattern.

    I think the timeline is good but I don’t know if I can make a muslin in the coming weeks, I can try but maybe it might be a good thing to add a week for muslin stuff?

  13. Katy December 16, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    That sounds an ideal schedule Tasia. I look forward to hearing about your exciting event!

  14. lunachick 265 December 16, 2011 at 10:57 am #

    For me, that schedule is a little intense. I work a lot, and don’t have time to sew much during the week. I’d like to see a more relaxed pace, possibly with sew-along updates two or three times a week. I know I’d fall behind if there was a sewing step or post every week day.
    But, the beauty of the internet is that the posts will stay up once the sew-along is done, so I can always work at my own pace (although that’s not as fun as staying with the group).
    I’m looking forward to starting though-although I’ve not even thought about fabric yet. Perhaps I’ll buy some when I’m in Seattle over Christmas, and then I can shop for fabrics in person!

  15. Julia December 16, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    I was hoping you’d do a muslin with us. Personally I am just too inexperienced to pull it off by myself (I only ever made one other muslin, for the Crescent skirt) and I have no idea how to approach it with something as complicated as a jacket.
    Other than that the schedule would be fine with me.

  16. Tasia December 16, 2011 at 11:32 am #

    Hey everyone! Ok, so I know I can’t suit everyone’s schedules perfectly. It sounds like for most people, this schedule more or less works.

    On making a muslin – we can, I wasn’t going to but we can start with making a muslin and highlighting potential fitting issues. Or, I can show you how I’d make the muslin, pointing out the sewing steps you can skip and which pattern pieces you need to cut from muslin and which you can skip. I think that would add a couple days (or a week) to the schedule. I’d like to make sure everyone feels comfortable going ahead with the jacket, especially those who are intimidated by jackets in general!

    The speed is pretty fast – it seems fast for me who needs to photograph and write everything up as we go! We can aim for this speed, and check in mid-way and see how everyone’s doing. The posts will always be online if you can’t sew for a couple of days, or get behind, or find that life takes over your free sewing time.

    So – how many people vote for some sort of muslin-making instruction?

    And – shall we keep to this sort of pace, but check in at the end of January to see how everyone’s feeling?

    Thanks for the feedback! The sew-along is for you, so I want it to be as good as it can possibly be!

  17. Amy December 16, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    I think you’re a good judge of speed. Often it can get a little overwhelming trying to keep up every day, but it always seems to work out perfectly in the end. I see above that several people here are concerned about having time to make a muslin and get the fit right. If you have time and it seems worth it, maybe you could post about the key areas to think about fit sometime before the Sew-Along.

  18. Tasia December 16, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    Sounds good. I’ll try to gauge it so that if you couldn’t sew all week, you could probably catch up over the weekends.

    With this jacket – the key things to worry about are FBA if you need it, sleeve and body lengths, and maybe elastic placement (higher or lower on the waistline). Or maybe, taking it in at the hipline if you’re narrower through the hips.

    I’ll see what I can put together!

  19. Lynda December 16, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    This is my first Sew-Along but the pace sounds fine. I am waiting for my pattern to arrive, as I live in New Zealand, but have already found fabric and lining in my stash. Looking forward to getting started. Will do a muslin before hand but would appreciate any key fitting points you could put together.

  20. Amelia December 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    I think 4 weeks of actual construction is doable if the muslin & fitting is not included. I am going to get a jump start on that right after Christmas.

  21. Latrice December 16, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

    It’s good to know that I might want to work on the fit before I start working on this. Oddly enough I haven’t had to do FBAs for coats, usually just broad back, forward shoulders and add room in the hips..
    I am excited for this sew-a-long. A slower pace works best for me. I work full-time and taking sewing class.I’ll be finishing a project and starting one during the sew-a-long.

  22. Katy December 16, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

    A couple of muslin posts would be great Tasia. I will definitely do one. I tend to muslin everything now. I was also thinking about making a size bigger than I am so I can throw it on over things.

  23. jessica w. December 16, 2011 at 8:53 pm #

    I would love if you would show the muslin making steps or portions that you see as necessary, I think the pace might be too fast for me,but I can just go at my own pace if they are still available after.

  24. Pauline December 17, 2011 at 12:16 am #

    Hi Tasia,
    The pace sounds fine to me. And I know that if I don’t have time one day to follw up, I can always combine two steps in one night as I remember that your pace on the other sew-alongs was perfect.
    I can’t wait to participate on my first “real time” sew-along (opposed to following your steps 3 months after everybody)!
    I need to find some fine fabric…

  25. Catholic Bibliophagist December 17, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    The pace sounds fine, but I would enjoy a post or two on making a muslin because that’s the part of garment sewing in which I’m the least experienced.


  26. Sharon December 17, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    The sew-along time line sounds good to me, and love the idea about how to add pockets to the outside.

  27. Meagan December 18, 2011 at 7:11 pm #

    I like the idea of a muslin- never attempted one so would like to learn. Also, I love the idea of a bonus step on adding pockets to the outside. I’m afraid the timing is going to be too quick for me as I’ll be starting my busy season at work, but I will try to catch up on the weekends and/or at my own pace. It’s not going to be warm enough for a jacket like this again in Wisconsin for quite awhile, so no hurry for me!

  28. dixie December 19, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    Spring comes early in Texas so the faster the pace the better! I’d like to get the most wear out of it as I can this season.

  29. Ashlee December 20, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    This schedule seems doable. I guess I better get cracking on a muslin ASAP, however! I’ve never made a jacket before, and while I’ve never had to do an FBA on anything I’ve sewn, something tells me I probably will have to with this jacket (never done one of those before either, ACK!). Now I just need to locate this pattern… we’ve been doing renos the past month and my sewing studio has turned into a storage room *sob*. I need to get in gear! For the muslin, what kind of fabric are you suggesting, Tasia?

    • Tasia December 21, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

      For the muslin, muslin would work! Any sort of woven fabric would be fine. If you’re thinking of using a thicker fabric for your real jacket, then consider using a thicker fabric for muslin too.. but to get the fit right, muslin or any cheap cotton would work fine!
      I hope you find your pattern soon! You have a couple of weeks after Christmas to get ready. :) I’ll start talking about the Minoru Jacket again after the break.

  30. Elizabeth December 30, 2011 at 9:59 pm #

    I’m so excited to get started. I’m going to make a muslin I think during the sew along rather than ‘the real’ thing. I’m not sure how it will fit me as I’m a bit more full figured after two kids! I won’t be able to keep up with the pace but that’s ok.


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