I finished my Minoru jacket a while ago but I’ve been waiting for some nice weather to take some photos outside. Only problem is that nice weather is a rare commodity when you live on the west coast of Sweden. Yesterday I gave up waiting, grabbed the camera and me and my hubby headed out for a walk in the nearby park. After strolling around a bit, we found stone stairs leading up a hill and it was after we’d climbed half way that we realized that we were standing in the middle of an old ski jumping hill! Since there’s rarely any snow in this town, I find the construction of a the ski jumping hill quite hilarious.
I’m very happy with how my Minoru turned out. Most of the changes I made to the pattern are covered in my post about the muslin. However, there where still a couple of surprises. First one was the instructions for how to sew the cuffs to the arms. It’s a bit tricky to get it right, but it’s perfectly doable to sew everything together in one go without having to stitch everything by hand.
The second issue was that I had to shorten the waist-band a bit because of the front pockets and I think that affected the fitting a bit in the front.
And last, I found that I had a hard time getting the bottom hem to match up perfectly. Perhaps I made some error when I traced the pattern because I ended up with too much fabric and had to make a couple of pleats just to make it work. Nothing is visible on the outside though.
Other than that, it was fun to make and pretty straight forward :)
Now, back to the awesome ski jumping! When I got home I had to dig into the history of the ski jumping hill. It turned out I was right in thinking that it was rather old because, according to Wikipedia, it was built in 1902. However, in 1904 the hill was already too small. Besides, there’s not much snow in Gothenburg anyway so it was decided that a new hill should be built. But someone refused to give up the idea and in 1921, it was decided that the hill should be renovated and the whole thing was financed by the government because there was a big problem with unemployment. “Sweet deal!” I reckon all the ski enthusiasts said as the work began. The funny thing is that when the constructions were finished in 1923, there was not enough snow so the opening ceremony was postponed one year. Lol.
Here are two more pictures to celebrate this Scandinavian “bridge to nowhere”.
January 7, 2014 at 08:53
Oh my God I love it!!! Well done!!
January 7, 2014 at 09:34
Thank you! Sure there were some bumps in the road but all in all, I can really recommend the pattern if you’re interested in making a jacket. It really wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be :)
January 7, 2014 at 10:23
Wow! It looks fantastic!
January 7, 2014 at 12:54
January 7, 2014 at 18:49
It turned out great! I should really get a tag, that really finishes it of!
January 7, 2014 at 20:59
Thank you! Indeed it does. At first I thought it would be crazy expensive to order custom made tags but that assumption turned out to be wrong. Apparently there’s a market in selling custom made tags to parents who wants to label their kid’s clothes (so that they don’t get lost at the day care center).
January 26, 2014 at 17:03
Beautiful jacket. Nicely done!
January 26, 2014 at 18:27
September 6, 2014 at 22:01
I absolutely LOVE your version! I’m about to start my own (with a vintage ski poster print for the lining coincidentally), and have been looking around for pocket inspiration as I’d like to add outer pockets as well. Yours looks wonderful!
September 7, 2014 at 16:33
Thank you! Oh, that sounds very interesting, let me know when/if you’ve got any pictures of it. To get the pockets right, I first did a bit of sketching to get them roughly into place. Then I made a pocket to fit my sketch and pinned it onto the muslin. It’s much easier to get it in a good position when you can move it around.
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