My Minoru! …and getting back into the SeWING of things.
A few weeks ago I found myself at the Crafters’ Ceilidh and completely surrounded by some fabulous and inspiring sewists. I had the best time and was so motivated and enthused for making and creating I couldn’t get wait to get back to my sewing machine.
Now to be honest, I haven’t done much sewing in the past year. I’ve sewn, but only if you call pushing out quick projects, cutting corners, and not necessarily loving the result. I feel like the deeper into knitting I dive, the further away from sewing I am. While I’m reading fabulous blogs about some beautiful home-made garments involving some really intricate sewing techniques, I tend to get down on myself and think I can’t do that stuff. But after the meet-up, I started feeling the sewing bug bite a little harder. I’ve been sewing for over ten years, made some really difficult projects, and taught many other people to sew as well – why is it so easy to forget those things? So I gave myself a mental slap in the face, and decided to get back into the SeWING of things… Yes, its silly I know, but it had to be said. So I decided to make my Minoru and make it PERFECT, something that I would be incredibly pround of.
And it is! I did everything right: I took my time, made a full muslin, followed Tasia’s amazing Sewalong, and added a few of my own changes to make it my own.
So for my own modifications, I shortened the cuffs and top-stitched the edge; I added brown corduroy for elbow patches and the lining of the collar; and I used flannel for the jacket lining and the hood lining too.
This pattern is amazing. It is fully lined (a step which, thanks to the pattern instructions, is easier than you think), it has an amazing collar which hides a deep hood, and the design and fit are really flattering!
Now for the action shot, release the hood! I just love the hood that tucks into the collar, just genious.
I have been wearing this jacket non-stop! It is so wearable and comfortable. And it looks great with my wellies!
So, is the sewing bug still biting? YES! I am definitely looking forward to my next project, I just haven’t decided yet what it will be… So thanks, Minoru, for getting my sewing mojo going again.