A few months ago I made a Minoru jacket for a vacation we had planned. We were going to be visiting Copenhagen, Stockholm, Tallinn, St-Petersburg and Helsinki while on a cruise sailing from Copenhagen. I made my original jacket based on what the weather had been historically. As our vacation approached I noticed that Scandinavia was having unseasonably warm weather. Another jacket would be needed. Like all good sewists, I went through my stash and decided to make a jacket 10 days before we were scheduled to leave. My husband was not surprised and has come to expect nothing less than last minute sewing for an event. (Picture above taken in Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen).
I purchased this medium weight printed cotton and the polyester charmeuse lining from Britex Fabrics in San Francisco last fall. My intention was to make a Minoru jacket at some point with these fabrics. I “rush” ordered a zipper from Wawak Sewing Supplies and was good to go.
I added 1.25″ to the length of the jacket. I also created a cuff by adding a facing to the bottom of the sleeve rather than the elastic cuff called for by the pattern. In addition, I added inseam pockets. I omitted the hood but added interfacing to the collar pieces. (Picture above taken in the King’s Garden, Copenhagen)
I always try to find a fabric store when I travel. I didn’t have to look far because Stof & Stil was right across the street from our hotel. They have a beautiful selection of fabric and the people working there are very nice. I purchased a printed cotton sateen as well as a tiny gingham check seersucker. We had early morning events both days we were in Copenhagen so we were gone before they opened. I was able to make it to the store on the second day 15 minutes before they closed. That limited my shopping considerably 😉 Fabric bought while on vacation is the BEST!
My husband and I love jazz so the chance to take a Dave Koz jazz cruise AND visit some places we had never been to was a wonderful opportunity.