Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Grainline Studio Morris Blazer

Grainline's Morris Blazer was purchased very quickly after the release as I love anything from Grainline Studio.
grainline studio Morris blazer from a Mood Fabrics' novelty knit

I didn't make it right away after purchasing the pdf pattern but I contemplated the fabric to use.  I went with this Mood Fabric's Derek Lam novelty knit 
Being familiar with the Grainline Studio sizing , I thought about cutting a size 6 in the body and 8 in the shoulders, my sizing on the Archer.  I hestitated with this sizing as this novelty knit has some stretch but not lots of stretch.  I should of gone with my first instinct instead of the size 10.  My Morris Blazer is a bit large in the middle.  
grainline studio Morris blazer from a Mood Fabrics' novelty knit

I did add 1" to the sleeves and that is my only alteration. and this made my sleeves end at a funny length.  Too long for 3/4 sleeves and too short for long sleeves.  Also, I am going to taper the sleeves more from elbow to sleeve hem.  My sleeves are so full that I cannot push them up on my forearm.  They keep slipping down due to the wideness at the sleeve hem.

The fabric wasn't hard to sew and I used a non-stretch for the facings.  I didn't want the thickness of the novelty knit for the sleeve and hem facings.  Also, I felt the woven gave these areas more stability.
grainline studio Morris blazer from a Mood Fabrics' novelty knit
I took a gamble sewing this nice fabric right on the first time but I felt confident I could have a good finished product.  I am happy with this Morris Blazer and it will be a great garment for the summer and fall.  I will make the changes on future Morris Blazers and it is an ongoing process.
grainline studio Morris blazer from a Mood Fabrics' novelty knit

Rain, rain and more rain is what we are having here in Missouri but not anywhere near what other parts of the Midwest have been enduring. My thoughts and prayers are with those people and their challenging situations.

I did have to take pictures on the porch with no sunlight, I set my camera in the RAW mode.  I had some difficulties with the editing and I won't be using RAW again.  I know it is the best way to take your photos but I just don't have enough knowledge to correctly edit.  I am going back to jpeg!
grainline studio Morris blazer from a Mood Fabrics' novelty knit

grainline studio Morris blazer from a Mood Fabrics' novelty knit
This photo taken from the side view shows the fullness in the front and back of my jacket.
What did I learn from this jacket?  
Always go with my gut about the sizing.  
Also, this fabric is very unique and fun for this jacket but I don't love it.  It has so much texture and I feels it just adds too much thickness to the fabric.  
I will wear this Morris with jeans and possibly over a dress.  I cannot wait to make another one as I love this style.
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19 comments:

  1. Cute jacket style, will look great with a casual jeans look too.

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    1. Thank you, Patty, it will be very versatile.

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  2. Really cute Lori! It looks like it will match a lot of stuff. Love it with the red pants!

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    1. Thanks Amanda, the red pants were my first make on Mood Sewing Network and I still love them so much.

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  3. Although you want to tweak the jacket, it looks great, Lori. I bet you end up wearing it a lot. It is a great jacket to wear with jeans. I have the pattern which is on my summer sewing list. I just have decide on the fabric.

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    1. Thanks, Rose, I bet you are right. You will love this pattern.

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  4. I really like your fabric, bet it looks great with jeans! Sizing is always a tough call, they all run so different. I know your next one will fit great - this is a really cute pattern.

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    1. Thanks, Joen, sizing is a tough call and I get tired of doing a muslin all the time - in fact, I am terrible at doing muslins. It is a great pattern,.

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  5. I loved this pattern as soon as it came out. It's in my never ending to do pile! Love your fabric choice.

    You seemed to have escaped the funny hang at the cf hem points that have plagued many others. Did you do anything different from the directions, use interfacing or???

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    1. Thanks, it is great. I used the tricot interfacing from Pam Erny, that is my only change.

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  6. Great looking jacket!

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  7. Love the jacket and how you styled it! I just bought this pattern and am looking forward to sewing it soon! I was wondering what you meant by using non stretch on the facings. Also did you use interfacing on the hem facing?
    Thanks!

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  8. Love the jacket and how you styled it! I just bought this pattern and am looking forward to sewing it soon! I was wondering what you meant by using non stretch on the facings. Also did you use interfacing on the hem facing?
    Thanks!

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  9. This looks like the perfect knit for this jacket. It has such great body and holds the sharp lines of this pattern so well. I always look forward to your jackets, and you got me sold on knit blazers with that red ponte jacket you made a couple of years ago. Another beautiful jacket!

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  10. This looks like the perfect knit for this jacket. It has such great body and holds the sharp lines of this pattern so well. I always look forward to your jackets, and you got me sold on knit blazers with that red ponte jacket you made a couple of years ago. Another beautiful jacket!

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  11. Oh Gosh. Great jacket and I love your styling.

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  12. This looks reallllly cool on you! I love the knit you chose!

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  13. It looks good, but personally I don't think Grainline patterns are well cut.

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