Sewaholic Minoru Jacket – Take Two

Sewaholic Minoru Jacket

This is my second make of Sewaholic’s Minoru Jacket. What can I tell ya? It’s a keeper! This time, I used two very special fabrics.

Minoru Jacket Lining

The fashion fabric is called Gridlock and is from Tessuti Fabrics in Australia. It’s at 50% off right now and Tessuti are running a brilliant competition allowing Sewists to interpret this fabric, using either a self-drafted or commercial pattern. I had so much fun! You have until 3 April to enter. Do it! The 50% off almost covers delivery to the UK, you know.

The lining fabric – ah, the lining fabric. Isn’t it delicious? Let’s take another look.

Village Haberdashery Field Study Voile

It’s Field Study Voile from The Village Haberdashery. I think this one would make a fantastic Mathilde blouse. The website describes this 100% cotton voile as soft and silky, and they ain’t fibbing!


The Gridlock fabric is very special too. It has a certain amount of spring as well as structure. As I walked the streets this dusk, it caught and reflected the pink tinge in the sky. It’s a very organic fabric and you can get lost, looking at it. It’s also totally reversible, and I love that my Minoru collar gives us a peek of the reverse print:


I didn’t worry about mixing two prints on this make. I felt that the directional feathers of the voile suitably reflected the grids of the fashion fabric. A yin and yang, if you like!

So, there we have it. Two very special fabrics, one very special pattern. One lovely sewing experience. And here’s the moment I caught the neighbour’s net curtains twitching…


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78 Responses to Sewaholic Minoru Jacket – Take Two

  1. grtescp says:

    wow – it looks great, the fabrics look super together!

  2. Sally says:

    Really like that jacket….. colours are brilliant together.

  3. I think I like this one better on you than it’s predecessor Karen 🙂

  4. Far says:

    Very pretty, what a great jacket!

  5. debs2748 says:

    Wonderful make you really are very clever. The fabric are lusterous and yet not too busy. Can’t wait to have a go at this one myself.

  6. Sabs says:

    Oh you are GOOD Karen, this is amazing. I love the colours and the patterns and just everything about it!

  7. Maggie says:

    Love the mix of colors with the two fabrics! Great job!

  8. Elizabeth says:

    That is stunning!!! I love the fabric made up in this pattern. Genius!!!

  9. Nessa says:

    You teased us yesterday with the little peek-a-boo and today’s reveal has not disappointed!! You and your jacket look so cool! Such a clever gal. Hope you win the competition.

  10. Sewingjen says:

    Karen love this jacket, I am a seasoned sewer but have never embarked on such a project! You are giving me the inspiration to get going! I am currently busy furnishing/ decorating a showhouse for an old boss of mine so curtains and blinds are the order of the day. Am coming down to London to see a V @ A exhibition in May and would love to visit some of your special fabric shops. I do have my own favourite places when I visit the city (from a fabric desert that it Cheshire) I.e Mc Culloch and Wallis and all the shops on Berwick Street as well as Creative Beadcraft and VV Rouleaux but would love to know more places!! Again a lovely jacket!

    • This is actually a pretty simple jacket to sew. As a seasoned Sewist, I’m sure you could do it! Your list of shops sound amazing – I hadn’t heard of the last two. Your shopping sounds like it’s in a good, central circuit, too. If you want to go further afield I would recommend Goldhawk Road, Ray Stitch in Islington and The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead. Enjoy!

  11. Gail says:

    This is just gorgeous. I love the two fabrics together. You have a right to be proud!

  12. Gaynor says:

    Lovely make Karen! I’m just about to start mine, I’m a bit concerned that I’ll need a FBA (I’m a “F” cup!), did you do one on yours? I’m scared to attempt it!

    • No, I wouldn’t do an FBA. This jacket is a relaxed fit and if you cut according to your measurements, I’d think you’d be fine. I’d only do an FBA for a bodice or top/shirt that’s fitted. If you’re worried, you could cut extra large seams that would allow you to adjust if the fit felt tight across the chest. Good luck!

  13. rosyragpatch says:

    This Minoru is lovely! Thanks for all the tips about making it. I have traced my pattern and I’m ready to start my Sewlution.

  14. sewbusylizzy says:

    Wow it look fabulous. I’m tempted to make a copycat!!

  15. Gjeometry says:

    Gorgeous! Is it actually reversible? Or did you just reverse it to show us the lining?

  16. suth2 says:

    That is gorgeous. You are a clever lady. You are inspiring me to get going with my sewing.

  17. Wonderful Minoru, it looks awesome. Oh, I wish I lived in a colder climate! I would love to have a collection of Minoru’s

  18. Salma says:

    Oh my gosh you are fast! I’ve been slowly sewing mine up at a snails pace! Beautiful jacket!

  19. Love those fabrics together – that voile is beautiful! Great make!

  20. BeaJay says:

    LOVE your jacket! Fantastic job. Great fabrics too!

  21. gmariesews says:

    That is a lovely make indeed. You finished it really fast! g

  22. Pat says:

    If you don’t win the contest there is something wrong with the judges. The jacket is stunning. You brought out the best in the fabric. That takes talent.

  23. NotenoughtimeTeresa says:

    Wow! you are so talented. I’d pay good money for a jacket like that. stunning.

  24. fabulous fabrics! i absolutely adore the lining – it would make me happy every time it caught my eye.

  25. LOVELY, LOVELY, LOVELY, LOVELY, LOVELY! Karen my darling you’ve outdone yourself what a corker *said in the voice of Len Goodman*. It’s 10 from me 🙂 xxx

  26. velosewer says:

    Karen. When it’s a cold and dreary day, people will be cheered up when they see you in your stunning Minoru.
    You’re so talented.

  27. Marie says:

    Yep, this make is as awesome as your sneaky peek views suggested! I love those bold prints together!

  28. sue christian-rodriguez says:

    Wow! Fantastic work…


  29. That looks amazing! The inside’s just as pretty as the out – definitely a keeper!

  30. Heather says:

    If my Minoru turns out even a crumb as lovely as yours then I’ll be happy. And the lining – gorgeous.

  31. Suzie says:

    Absolutely fab Karen!!! Both fabrics are gorgeous. I’ve been thinking about making the Minoru sometime (when my sewing table clears after July!) – your version may have tipped me over the edge!

  32. Gosh that seemed to come together quickly! I’m inspired as have fabric plus pattern. Really like your fabric combo, racy! I must get my act together….

  33. It’s lovely! Love the colour combination. Well done!

  34. Leith says:

    Karen you have outdone yourself!! It is fabulous. My fabric is cut and the bodice is fitted. Now to put a skirt on it or it might be a bit indecent!

  35. Susan says:

    It’s totally gorgeous !

  36. Maider says:

    It looks great on you!!!!!
    I love your fabric choice, the lining is so gorgeous.

  37. Sonia says:

    A stunning jacket – and so quick!

  38. Katy says:

    Such a funky jacket, I love it!

  39. Amanda says:

    Loving the prints used in this! This is super rad, Karen!

  40. Echoing all the comments about fabulosity. Will you show us the inside of the zipper bit so we can see how much neater it is than the first? Please? (I’m genuinely curious.)

  41. Lovely! it clearly pays off to make the same patterns twice!

  42. Graca says:

    This jacket is as lovely as the first one you made! And that voile you used for the lining is beautiful.

  43. Pamela says:

    Well done Karen! Love your choice of fabrics. What great contrast. 🙂 I love your leopardy tennies too! Very cute.

  44. Becky says:

    Everything you make is lovely, Karen, but I especially love both of your Minorus. Gorgeous, and so practical! I have ordered the pattern, and I am screwing up my courage. So many people have made this twice! It must be a good pattern. Fabulous use of fabric with pattern!!!

  45. KristiEllKay says:

    I love love LOVE the contrast between your fabrics! So magnificent and beautiful! And can I just say, I’m really in love with your shoes! Leopard print chucks!!

  46. Colleen says:

    I love it! I adore both fabrics, especially the lining which is by my favorite fabric designer, Anna Maria Horner. Check out her website for some freebie patterns: Beautiful, Karen. Before this year is out, I will make that jacket!

  47. Joelle says:

    I love your mix of fabrics! I guessed that the tomato-ey fabric was AMH; and her voiles really are as soft as butter! I’ve had the minoru pattern on my back burner for awhile, and this clinches that I need to try it. I’m jealous and impressed all at the same time!

  48. Miriana says:

    Karen, this jacket is absolutely amazing, well done!! I’m also stunned at your ability to sew such a lovely piece in what seems like no time at all, with a job on the side and having lovely Ella to take care of – can I get some time-management advice from you (in addition to a crash-course in sewing lovely creations in your spare time)?
    P.s.: I ordered the same voile from the Village Haberdashery to make a blouse 🙂

  49. sallie says:

    You are so lovely! I absolutely adore this jacket! The mixing of the two prints is expert and makes for a gorgeous, gorgeous jacket – inside and out!

  50. CGCouture says:

    This turned out great! Love the mix of fabrics! 🙂

  51. LLADYBIRD says:

    Beautiful! Karen, you put my Minoru to shame 🙂

  52. EmSewCrazy says:

    I really like that fabric combo. A beautiful coat!

  53. huggiebaby says:

    “ooops I made a jacket” !!! I mean seriously! this would take me hours of huffing and puffing. Not at ‘Didyoumakethat’ towers, there it’s just a weekend jaunt. Bloody fab. Lav’ it. You have to try something crazy, you might just make it. Silk chiffon maxi dress? or bow tie blouse? (chiffon has to be a b&tch right)…or maybe you are going to a ball later this year?!

  54. Tia Dia says:

    It’s gorgeous! I love the juxtaposition of the prints and colours.

  55. Tilly says:

    And twitch they should, to admire your amazing jacket – gorgeous! x

  56. Zoe says:

    OMG!!! It’s amazing Karen. That fabric works so well with the Minoru style and your construction looks beyond perfect xxx

  57. Danielle says:

    You’re so talented! That looks great and I love the colors and fabric patterns you chose.

  58. sewamysew says:

    Congrats on being the first entry to the comp! Love the fabrics together

  59. Houseofpinheiro says:

    Best minoru I seen,.. I love everything about it.. The print crash specially …. Drooling over.. Voile is great to work with…

  60. gingermakes says:

    Wow!!!!! This is amazing! Great job, Karen!!!!!

  61. Ana says:

    Very nice well done!!! i wanted to order the fabric too… its a long way to ship it to my home town place …. i would also make a nice spring looking jacket… Maybe i have time i do not know…

  62. megthegrand says:

    AH! I love that lining – it is just perfection. Well done on this jacket! The outside fabric is lovely both ways!

  63. Beth says:

    Amazing and inspiring! Beautiful fabrics.

  64. Amy says:

    It’s so cute, Karen! And, I saw it pop up on the Tessuti site as well! Congrats!

  65. Cathy says:

    The best Minoru yet! That fabric is amazing! Is it water repellent?

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  67. Patricia says:

    Hi Karen, thanks for commenting on my gridlock entry on Pinterest – the sleeve detail. Your jacket entry with it’s detachable hood is marvellous and that lining would make any wintry day a happy warm one.
    ps – I’m replying here because I don’t have a Pinterest account.

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  70. Hi Karen, your jacket is very lovely. Looks like a designer RTW. You probably wore it today or yesterday. Good job.

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