I did it !!!

I’ve completed my SWAP and I am absolutely thrilled about it.

So here are the last 2 pieces, the Minoru Jacket and BWOF 02-2009-108 Bateau Neck Top which I have made before here

These are some photos of the Minoru Jacket that were taken yesterday, showing the hood, lining etc.

Lining and internal pocket
Zippered up and ready for action

Hood lining

Lining and I used sun silky for the lining sleeves

For this version of BWOF 02-2009-108 I compared the shoulder and arm holes with my Kwik.Sew 3740 pattern that I really love the fit of and adjusted this pattern to reflect those.

The fabric is a brown/green/cream abstract print from Fabulous Fabrics (sorry girls I thought it was from Knitwit) that I purchased when we went to Perth last September.

Now for the photos, 7 minimum and 12 maximum which we have to lodge by 8 May.  Why is the weather forecast for Sydney looking like it could be wet all week and I’ve got 2 short sleeve tops, 1 sleeveless dress and shorts to photograph Skype Emoticons

Plenty of sewing, but

nothing is quite finished.

First up is the Minoru, which is now at the point where the lining needs to be attached to the main fabric, elastic at the waist, hems and a lot of topstitching.

Then there is Jalie 3129 Women’s Vest, View C that I traced off and cut out on Friday which needs some hand sewing, more topstitching, buttonholes and buttons.

I am very happy with both of these garments and will share more details when they are wearable 🙂

AND, my wonderful Easter gifts,

  •  My Mum and Sister visited on Good Friday for a lot of catching up, and
  •  I was 1 of the winners of the five Simplicity/New Look Patterns that Tilly and the Buttons had to give away from the OWOP Challenge. How good is that!

Now to check out the Simplicity website and choose 5 Simplicity/New Look Patterns.

Charity Sewing and more Minoru

Yesterday my ASG Group at Rhodes had a day of sewing for the local hospital.  Our focus is mainly on breast cancer, making chemo caps and berets and this year we also made some Comfort Packs which contain a Comfort Cushion, Drainage Bag and X-Ray bag.  I made this set.

The Group made a wonderful collection of goodies for the hospital and these will be delivered during April.

Minoru Update

During the week I was able to test sew a buttonhole on the rip-stop and used a piece of organza behind the buttonhole and it worked perfectly.

The next challenge was trying to find some Cord Clips that weren’t black or white, and found some at Lincraft at Alexandria, not navy but a mushroom colour.  Rocket Sews did point me in the direction of M.Recht in Melbourne but the cost of postage was a bit excessive for 1 item (pack of 10 cord clips) so I will check with my sewing buddies and see if they want anything so we can do a combined order. 

Getting into the sewing room this afternoon I have:

  •   sewn the buttonholes on the hood and used my buttonhole chisel to cut them open

  • Joined the hood and lining together, under-stitching the lining so it will stay nice and flat and out of sight, topstitched a channel around the edge of the hood and then threaded my cord through this adding the Cord Clips.
  • Sewed the hood to the zipper tape (another idea from Rocket Sews) and then sewed the zipper to the collar.
  •  Pulled up the gathers on the jacket body, attached this to the collar and then topstitched this seam.
  • The side seams and sleeves are now pinned ready to sew.

I’ve had a very satisfying weekend of sewing and if I want to sew after work this week I need to purchase a light bulb for my sewing room  🙂

Minoru sewing

I’ve had visitors for the last week, so no access to my sewing room, but that all changed yesterday afternoon.

The main fabric which is rip-stop has been cut out for a few weeks now and last weekend at the ASG Alexandria group meeting I thread marked the elastic casing marks on all the pieces and started to add zippered welt pockets to the front, after viewing Maria’s Minoru at the same meeting. 

I cut out the lining yesterday, you can see a peak of it in the pocket.

The sleeves are stitched to the front and back and have been topstitched.

I have decided to line the hood, both are stitched but not joined together.  After reading so many other Minoru constructions, I’m trying to decide if I will add an elastic draw string to the hood like Rocket Sews did with hers.  Think I need to do a test buttonhole to see how it works on the rip-stop, my decision might be made for me.

Minoru update

I made a muslin of the Minoru a while ago and wasn’t happy with the way the sleeves hung.  This is my first raglan sleeve pattern that I have every worked with, so I really didn’t know where to start.

Last weekend some of my sewing buddies and I spent some quality time with Angie Zimmerman at her studio in Ingleburn with all of us working on fitting patterns and the first thing I worked on was the Minoru jacket.

It turns out that I need more length over the shoulder, so we:

  • Drew a line across the sleeve at the shoulder point and another one down the length of the sleeve.
  • Split the sleeve lengthwise from shoulder point to the seam line at the cuff.
  • From the centre line cut the shoulder line across to the seam line 
  • Added 1cm (5/8″) to the width at the shoulder line
  • Spread the shoulder line by 2.5cm (1″)
  • I also shortened the sleeve length by 5cm (2″) 
  • The extra amount at the top of the sleeve from these adjustments, we left some of it to be included in the gathers, but did fold back 1.5cm (5/8″) on each edge of the sleeve, you can see it at the top of the photo below.

Here is the the top half of the sleeve pattern, hopefully you can work out what I have done.

Now the adjusted Minoru.


I am much happier now with the way the sleeves hang and the fabric is now cut out and I’m ready to start sewing.


My apologies everyone, I forgot to say that my 6th Garment for the SWAP was the 2nd pair of Jalie Jeans.

Minoru Jacket

I’m starting to notice that January seems to be the month that Sew-Along’s commence and yes I have signed up for another one.

This time I am going to point the finger at Tessuti because when they reviewed Julia and Minoru on their blog, I just had to have this jacket pattern (and so did 2 of my real life sewing buddies), as I really like the shape because most jackets make me look like a box and with the wet weather we have been having a lighter jacket than the gortex one I wear when walking Roscoe will be a nice change.

Tasia the creator of the Minoru Jacket is having a Sew-Along commencing on 16 January and finishing around 20 February 2012.  You can find out more about the Sew-Along by clicking on the badge on the side bar.

The pattern was ordered and it has arrived.

I have traced off the pattern and plan on making a toile, as these patterns are drafted for the “pear” figure.

I have some navy ripstop in the stash intending to make a jacket so I just need to find some lining.  I also fell in love with Julia’s metal zippers so I have been checking out ZipperStop as I need a 71cm separating zip and 45cm closed-end zip for this jacket and of course they have to be navy and have metal teeth.  Fingers crossed the order arrives before we get up to that stage with the Sew-Along.