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The Grainline Morris Blazer

 

I’ve been meaning to blog this for a while, I made it over a month ago but got caught up in Me Made May and other projects. It’s the new pattern from Grainline, a slouchy cropped jacket made for fabric with a slight stretch. One of my new year’s resolutions was not to jump on every shiny new pattern that gets released, I’ve been so good. I think I lasted three days before I succumbed, it was Hila’s at Saturday Night stitch which finally pushed me over the edge. I had problems downloading the pattern, purely down to my computer playing silly buggers. I got in touch with Jen and she got back to me and sorted it out in less than half an hour, so impressed with her customer service.

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I thought I’d start with a wearable muslin so bought a couple of metres of Ponte from my usual Ponte dealer. It was described as ‘Airforce Blue’ but I think it’s verging on ‘School uniform blue’! The PDF fitted together perfectly and was very quick to cut out. I made my usual Grainline adjustments; cutting a size 12, shortening the body by two inches and the sleeves by three inches.  I used a metre and a half of fabric.

The instructions were excellent, the only problem I had was figuring out which way up the back facing went in. It was one of those moments where the more I think about things the more complex they get. I spent a good fifteen minutes, inverting it, holding it up to the bottom of the jacket before I finally committed, luckily it was right (and glaringly obvious!) I used my overlocker to sew the side and back seams and finish off the armholes, the rest was sewn on my normal machine.  I cut two pieces of interfacing, one for the lapels and also one for the front part of the jacket.  A couple of people had had problems with the jacket bagging out at the bottom front.  Interfacing both parts has given both layers the same stability and seems to have helped.

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I really enjoyed making this, it was one of those projects where I could just happily poddle along. I think it makes a big difference when things are drafted well and everything fits together perfectly. It’s definitely an ideal do in a day project.

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I’m going to make a few changes to my next one, the fit is perfect around the shoulders but I think I need to grade up a size over the bust and waist. I’ll keep the original length, I was a little apprehensive about it being too long but I think taking those two inches out has left it a little too cropped. I’m stumbling a bit with the fabric for the next one though, ideally I’d like to try a stretch cotton sateen but the only fabric I have in my stash is sky blue with orange flowers! I have in my head the fabric I’m looking for, black or navy with delicate oriental flowers. I haven’t found it yet but I’ll keep searching.   It’s highly likely that I’ll get distracted though and end up with giant multi coloured cabbage roses!

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26 thoughts on “The Grainline Morris Blazer

  1. It looks lovely. I’ll let you know if I spy any likely fabric on my internet trawls! How do you find your ponte wears? I’ve bought it twice from different shops and both times it’s pilled a lot after only a couple of washes.

    • I’ve had difficulty finding the right fabric, I’ve got a few wovens which would be perfect but the pattern really needs a bit of stretch. I forgot to say in my post that I only used a metre and a half of fabric rather than the two the pattern suggests!

  2. What a perfect looking make! Love the idea of cropping it. Though you think its too cropped you look gorgeous in it! I love your dress style and have been enjoying your MMm IGs😃.

  3. The more Morrises I see the more I want to skip over all my Summer sewing plans and make one. I haven’t found a suitable fabric yet, but I’ll keep looking. Your blue jacket looks great with your polka dotted tee and your clogs. A great, casual outfit!

  4. I downloaded this a couple if weeks ago as well but haven’t made a start yet! I also have some dark blue ponte that I got specially for it but I am worried it is a little bit too lightweight – did you use interfacing?

    Louise

    • My Ponte was quite lightweight too. I used lightweight interfacing on the front facing and also on the front of the jacket (just where the facings are) as a couple of people had problems with the front bagging out. It seems to have worked ok although there’s a bit of a ripple on the bottom points. I also only used a metre and a half of fabric, think I’ll have to go back and edit the post as I’ve missed these out! 😊

  5. Ooh I love it! I’ve been eyeing this pattern for a few weeks, you may have pushed me a bit to actually buy it. I really like the way the jacket looks – I haven’t made a jacket yet and I’m a bit hesitant!

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