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My first Minerva.com make!

I was super excited to be accepted as Minerva Maker last November, lots of the amazing sewing blogger I follow are makers for them and I am so thrilled to be a part of the team!


For my first project it was go big or go home...so I made a coat!


I chose the Sapporo Coat by Papercut Patterns...


I’ve been very keen to make the Sapporo coat by Papercut patterns for a year or so, it’s a lovely modern coat and a great one to try if you are into colour blocking as the coat is made in two sections. The pocket construction is incredibly clever and was really fun to put together. I love technical makes; they take me back to my University days when I studied womenswear tailoring and I love getting into the detail of a pattern like this! This is the first coat I’ve made for myself but it definitely won’t be my last! I’m already keen to make the short version in a teddy coating…perhaps using colour blocking too…why not combine all the trends in one coat right?!


I decided to go with plain black wool for my first iteration of this coat. I thought it would go with everything in my wardrobe and then I could give it some extra wow factor with a great lining…so that’s what I did! This incredible Rayon is by Art Gallery Fabrics and is so soft and drapey, it’s a really luxurious lining and really compliments the style of the coat.





I cut a Size 3 (I’m a fairly standard UK 12) but I may size down if I make another as it’s an oversized style. I think if my outer fabric had been thicker (this wool is a light/ medium weight I would say) then it would have worked slightly better for the oversized fit, but I’m still really pleased with the overall effect. It hangs really nicely and holds the shape of the pockets well.


This pattern would work brilliantly with jacquard fabric and I can imagine a really fancy version for next winter when we can hopefully go out out again!

I would say I’m an intermediate/ advanced sewist and I found this pretty easy so it would be a great pattern to try if you are a beginner to intermediate looking to challenge yourself.



Have you tried this pattern?



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