Update: Minoru Sew-Along Starts on Monday!

Hey everyone! By now you may know about the Minoru Sew-Along that’s starting on Monday. I’ve been doing my best to answer questions as they arise, as there sure have been a lot of questions!

It’s exciting that so many people are joining the sew-along although I have a feeling it’s going to be hard for me to stay on top of responding to questions as we go. So if you see someone ask a question, and you can help them with the answer, I would really appreciate it! Let’s do this as a team, rather than letting me boss you around. Don’t worry, I’ll be doing plenty of explaining and demonstrating!

I thought at this point I’d jump in with a little update on the Sew-Along itself and how it’s going to roll out. I admit to flying by the seat of my pants on this one, but it’s all good! It’ll work out as long as I stay one day ahead of you guys. If anything, it’ll be more relaxed and fun and laid-back, instead of structured and scheduled. After all, this whole sewing thing is supposed to be fun, right?

On Monday, we’ll start by cutting out our fabric. That means, if you are planning to make adjustments to your pattern, now is the time. If you haven’t picked a fabric yet, now is the time for that as well. (Fabric-shopping this weekend perhaps?) If you were planning to make a muslin first, do that too!

By Monday, you will need:

  • Your jacket pattern (pick up the pattern here!)
  • Your jacket fabric, pre-washed if necessary
  • Your lining fabric, also pre-washed if necessary
  • Supplies for cutting and pinning

Want to see what we’ve talked about already? Click the links below to read more:

Between now and Monday (which is tomorrow I suppose!) I’ll write a quick post on making the Minoru from muslin. I have my first Minoru Jacket muslin still intact, and I’ll show you how to construct it to get the best idea of fit, as well as point out some areas you may want to check.

How does that sound? I think we’ll end up at a bit of a slower pace, something that’s reasonable if you can sew a few times during the week, but not impossible to catch up on the weekends. You can always speed ahead if you have extra free time! And if the next few weeks are too hectic for you to join in, come back and read through the sew-along posts when you have more time to sew.

Off to photograph and write about the muslin – back tomorrow with more!

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15 Responses to Update: Minoru Sew-Along Starts on Monday!

  1. Caroline January 12, 2012 at 6:15 am #

    That came around quickly! Better wash my fabric :D

  2. Vicki Kate January 12, 2012 at 6:28 am #

    Huzzah! I’m all muslined up, pattern adjusted, pre-washed and proofed! I just need to press my lining fabric as it’s a bit crumpled. I’m really looking forward to Monday!

  3. didyoumakethat January 12, 2012 at 6:47 am #

    Oops! Better get ordering my fashion fabric. Fortunately, I know exactly what I’m going to use… Thanks for the reminder.

  4. Annabelle January 12, 2012 at 6:50 am #

    This is great! I just cut out my muslin pieces, so tomorrow’s post on the muslin will be very timely for me. I am really looking forward to this sew along because I think there will be a lot of skills that will be transferable to other projects, and this is a great way to get some experience with sewing outerwear. A relaxed schedule is perfect for me ;)

  5. Salma January 12, 2012 at 7:49 am #

    I’m so excited! I finally found my lining fabric (some mystery polyester blend fashion fabric that I can’t wait to use!)

  6. Dana January 12, 2012 at 8:15 am #

    My muslin is on my weekend to do list. Fabric is in the washing machine right now! I’m excited, this is my first sew-a-long.

  7. Mary January 12, 2012 at 8:35 am #

    I am excited to begin as I have had the fabric, lining and muslin pieces stacked neatly under my work table for some time. I only need to match thread and find a zipper. I read somewhere that you can dye zippers—>has anyone done that? Just to add some fun detail-I am using rust colored corduroy (very fine wale), ?cheetah print lining, and a double zipper is I can find one.

    • Tasia January 12, 2012 at 11:41 am #

      I’ve never tried dyeing zippers before – when I can’t find one that matches I usually do a contrast one on purpose. I’d guess you could use a fabric dye as long as it works on synthetics?

  8. Louisa January 12, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    I couldn’t wait for the sew-along (because I wanted my Minoru NOW) so I’m already done! (Neener-neener.) It turned out pretty fabulous too – if I do say so myself. It’s been a very long time since this granny has felt stylish in a rain jacket. Downside is that nobody realizes that I made it myself! Thanks for a fabulous pattern, Tasia.

    Will there be somewhere to post photos of our results? Or did I miss something obvious?

    • Tasia January 12, 2012 at 11:40 am #

      Hi Louisa! I just checked out your jacket and it looks great! When the Sew-Along is done, I’m going to post a round-up of finished jackets. Probably what I’ll do is ask for people to share links in the comments of a post (so I know they don’t mind me using their photos) and then post them here in a round-up post for everyone to check out!
      Also, if you use Flickr we have a Sewaholic Patterns group too – http://www.flickr.com/groups/sewaholicpatterns/
      You’re welcome to upload photos to the group pool! There are some great projects in there!

  9. Jessica January 12, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    Welp, sounds like I’ll be spending some time trawling the fabric stores this weekend. It’s going to be a real hardship, I tell ya!

  10. Fabiana January 12, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    I’m so excited. It will be my first sew-along ever. I already bought the fabric and want to do the muslin this weekend.
    Thank you so much for this opportunity, Tasia. If my jacket looks half as good as yours I’ll be super happy!

  11. Angela January 12, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

    I have pre-washed my fabric, cut out my pattern and have a muslin to make up over the weekend ie ready to go!!
    Its 35 degrees celcius here (97 fahrenheit) so fittings will be well hot, looking forward to it!!!

  12. Nancy January 13, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    Just got my pattern this afternoon. Not sure I’ll join everyone but will be following along!

  13. cass January 17, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    Is a muslin actual made from muslin fabric? It seems like such a lightweight fabric?