I’ve finished the Minoru Coat at last. The intention was to have a wearable toile and I think it’s very wearable.
I made the version with the hood – it zips into the collar if it’s not needed.
I followed the 2012 Sewalong at Sewaholic patterns and learned a lot.
Now for the technical details:
What did I change?
I didn’t elasticate the waist because I made it from such heavy fabric it would have looked bulky.
I added a couple of in seam pockets for a handkerchief or a dog biscuit or two.
Would I make it again?
Definitely. I am going to make a waterproof version with patch pockets.
What was best about the pattern?
I like the two hidden pockets inside and the extra hip room -my hips are small compared with the rest of me but the extra room is good for cycling and riding.
Would I recommend the Minoru pattern?
Yes, definitely. But if you are not very experienced I think the Sewalong details really help.
I really made the jacket to ride in but I can’t quite bring myself to get it dirty. Not yet anyway.