Meet Morris. He’s a lovely blazer from Grainline Studio. My Morris is the first blazer I’ve ever sewn and I have to say, I think we’re going to be great mates! I’ve wanted to do a blazer in a stretch fabric for a while and when I saw the announcement of the Morris Blazer Sew Along I was convinced! I started off with the sew along but was far too impatient. The sew along has fabulous instructions, basically Jen (of Grainline) holds your hand through each step.
The Morris Blazer appealed to me, the stretch fabric makes it comfortable but the style of the blazer gives it a more polished look. As the blurb for the Morris says “With a mixture of drape and structure, bracelet length sleeves, and gentle shawl collar, it looks great dressed up or down”.
Yes, it’s stretch. I’ve had a fraught relationship with stretch fabrics but I used a ponte fabric and had no drama at all. I picked this fabric up on sale from Spotlight and figured if it was a red hot mess I’d only wasted $15. I had originally purchased a more expensive grey double ponte and got nervous about using it. The stripe version was basically my trial Morris. Happily, I think it was a success. I used a ball point needle and increased my stitch length. Thanks to the first instalment of the sew along (and another trip to Spotlight), I used stretch interfacing rather than the usual interfacing I have in the sewing box.
My measurements were all over the place with this pattern and to complicate things, the sizing is American rather than Australian. I literally measured three different sizes (34-28-33, which was less than a size zero for my hips, go figure). I was so perplexed I emailed Jen. Her advice was to cut the pattern for the size of my bust. That made perfect sense, the waist isn’t fitted and the hips measurement is almost irrelevant as the Morris Blazer isn’t long enough to actually hit them. I ended up making a size 4 and I’m happy with the fit. If you’re still uncertain, others suggested cutting the size based on the finished measurements.
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Given I had never made a blazer before, I was impressed at how quickly the Morris Blazer come together. The instructions were clear, helped by the sew along. It’s also very comfy, kind of like wearing a hoodie but far more stylish. The only thing I’d change in my next Morris is the sleeve length. I somewhat vaguely didn’t appreciate that the sleeves were bracelet length. Given it’s Winter, I think a longer sleeve might be warmer. Having said that, I do like the look of the bracelet sleeve length.
My Morris Blazer isn’t perfect but all things considered, he’s a keeper! While I’m clearly not a fashion blogger, if you’re curious, the t-shirt I am wearing under my Morris Blazer is actually from Target (Dannii Minogue Petites). Do you see a Morris in your future? I can see a grey version in mine!