I didn't use any elastic; instead, I interfaced the cuffs and cut them to fit the sleeve ends after doing a test to make sure my hand would fit through. For the waist, I did a drawstring. I put it in a bit too low and had to grade the hips down because it caused too much of a flared shape. I also lined the hood, which you can see in the bottom two pictures.
|Design drawing: testing out some pocket and drawstring options, with true-to-life hairstyling|
Grit and other characteristics
As I've mentioned before, this project sat unfinished in my closet for, oh, 6 months. I'd installed the collar and hood and realized that the hood zipper was slightly smaller than my hood. Because of the effort I'd put into sewing the zipper and making a lined hood, it kind of stopped my in my tracks. And one I'd stopped, new projects always sounded more enticing.
What made me pick it up again, you ask? Two things influenced me. The first is that I found myself shopping for 100% cotton twill coats when I already had one in the works. The second was a little more abstract; I turned our local public radio station on and heard the writer Paul Tough speaking about character traits that are better indicators than grades of whether or not a kid will succeed. One of them was grit, which Tough defines as persevering through adversity for the love of the activity. Immediately, I thought of my jacket in progress; that was the tipping point.
One of my struggles in life is abandoning tasks that present me with difficulty. Sewing is generally the exception; my desire to make a finished piece and my enjoyment of the process have helped me consistently move through stumbling blocks. In the case of this Minoru, it took awhile (and some prodding from Paul Tough).
|"It's raining" face|
I'm not sure what makes sewing easier to persevere in; maybe it's because I don't do it professionally, nor do I plan to. Nothing except for a wearable finished garment (probably for myself) hangs in the balance if I fail. There are times when I'm more confident in my abilities, times when I'm less confident, but I keep sewing. A hearty online community of sewists doesn't hurt, either. Sharing projects, tips and travails really helps. I love seeing what everybody's making and how you're making it!
I'd make another Minoru, but I'm not rushing into it just yet. My hands need to recover, and it's nice to give my triple-stitch setting a rest. If/when I do make another, I think I'd go down a size and try a cropped version. Thanks for stopping by and helping me celebrate my long-awaited jacket!