Sew Your Own Wardrobe: Morris Blazer

YoHo folks! This is the final make in my Sew Your Own Wardrobe challenge… I can’t quite believe it’s been a whole year since I started! I have a bit of a separate round-up post planned but for now I just want to gush about my Morris Blazer.

Morris Blazer

Ok, confession time. You might be wondering why I’m showing a blazer and not the planned summer party dress. Well I did try really hard with the dress, I swear! I muslin’d it and everything! When it came down to the line I just didn’t love the idea so I sacked it. Thankfully the day I added it to my growing pile of un-salvageable garments, the Grainline Studios Morris Blazer pattern was released! The moment I seen it, I knew it had to be mine so here we are. 1 finished blazer for your pleasure.

I think this is the first time I’ve ever bought a pattern and bashed it out within a week of it’s release… All aboard the Morris bandwagon! This pattern is designed for stable knits and I picked up some of my very favourite black ponte from Mandors in Glasgow which was perfect for the occasion. It’s that rare kind of black that can handle a million washes without fading which is a true miracle for my overwhelmingly monochrome wardrobe.

Construction-wise… This wasn’t exactly a walk in the park! I had a bit of a problem with the shoulders as they were way too wide – like the sleeve heads were halfway down my arms. After taking to Instagram for help a couple of ladies suggested just I narrow the shoulders and that should fix it, and it did! After a bit of trial and error I settled on narrowing by 1.5 inches on each side which made things a bit better.

shoulder problems morris blazer
Apparently I find it impossible to stand straight in photos so here’s some weird puckering which doesn’t really appear in real life. Also I’ve just noticed that I managed to get make up on the collar already… great.

It’s still not quite right though as looking back I can see it’s still a bit off my shoulder. Also that little puff on top is a bit odd and I don’t know how to fix it. Answers on a postcard people!

Once I kind of fixed my shoulder issues I got way too confused again when it came to attaching the facings and had to step away for an hour before I stabbed myself in the eye with a pair of tailors sheers. Thankfully once I’d had a strong gin things started to fall into place! Maybe that’s why it all looks a bit wobbly…

morris blazer grainline
Obligatory terrible chest shot.

Wonky lapels all round. This one is totally my fault though! This numpty thought she bought knit interfacing when in fact it was just regular fusible. I decided just to go with it but things turned out a bit too stiff (ooh err) for my liking. Same thing happened to the bottom facing too which looks almost fluted. I’m hoping a good spin in the machine will sort it out.

morris blazer back

HULK SMASH. Ian was running out the door to go to night shift as I accosted him to take my pictures. Obviously he was a tad harassed and this is not his best work – I apologies on his behalf 🙂

To sum up, for a fist go at an actual jacket I’m pretty happy with it! I think this was a really good project to end on my SYOW challenge on. It was tricky in parts but not completely unmanageable and I know that this will get a fair bit of wear, even with the things pointed out above. In fact, I’m actually excited to have another go, address the issues and make a whole host of blazers in various shades of the rainbow. Morris’s for everyone!

I now leave you with my final hurried image from possibly the worst photo shoot on the internet today. Here I am channelling my inner Beyonce at the Met Gala because you should always be yourself, unless you can be Beyonce. Always be Beyonce. #IWokeUpLikeThis #flawless

morris blazer beyonce pose

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