skirt as top

b&w morris blazer


continuing to work my way through the Grainline Studio pattern library, fangirl-ing all the way, with this blazer.

it’s the Morris Blazer, released last April.  i got to see Kelly’s olive twill blazer in person and it was amazing, but it took me a while to get around to making mine.  i finally got a kick in the pants when i found this very cool knit at JoAnn, and i sewed my Morris up in an evening.

it’s a double sized knit – the striped side is a looser weave hacci knit, but underneath it’s sort of a black ponte.  i sewed all of the inside seams with my serger and the topstitching with black thread and it’s almost invisible.

the knit has a 2 way stretch, so it’s super comfy in the shoulders but doesn’t lose its shape over time.  perfect for this pattern.

i sewed a size 6 and added 1” to the body and to the arms, and it hits just where i want it to.  i’ve actually been surprised how much i’ve worn this jacket – i made it more for casual weekend wear, but i wear it to my business formal office job quite a bit!  it looks just as good with a pencil skirt and heels as it does with jeans.

it’s such a quick and fun sew (just like everyone says) and a rewarding result – i want another one!  i guess i’m just waiting for lighting to strike twice with another perfect fabric – maybe a nice stretch twill or something?

the only thing that bugs me is i was a tad short on fabric and had to cut the lapel facings with stripes going different ways.  it’s something i try to forget about when i wear it, no one probably notices but me, and i probably shouldn’t have even pointed out but…i just did.  haha.  oh well.  i love it anyway!