This has to be as close to a perfect garment for me as is possible. I know, I know, I have said that about my last 3 makes – my Camas blouse, my Liana jeans, and now this Morris blazer, but it is true. I think those 3 items cover my casual style pretty perfectly. I am planning on a dive into shift dresses soon, too, but that is another post.
I believe this glorious pastel geometric printed knit could, in fact, be from the 80’s. I found it at my favorite East Side thrift store and have had it in the stash about 7 months. It had finally met its match in the Morris blazer. The weight is medium and the stretch is low, perfect for the hang of this jacket. I cut the facings out of another piece of thrifted sweatshirt fabric that was a bit scratchy on the face, but the underside was super soft, so I used that side. I do recommend putting something very comfortable on the lapels/facings because my neck gets irritated easily, does yours? That would be a sad end to a really wearable jacket if it was itchy!
Basically, it feels like a sweatshirt or hoodie, but looks a whole lot cuter. It is stretchy, it is lightweight, but it looks sharp!
I made no adjustments to the pattern, since I saw how the facing is drafted and I wanted my first time sewing it to be very accurate. But then I forgot that I was trying to follow the directions exactly and cut my back on the fold. I remember thinking to myself – I don’t want a seam down the back that I’ll feel compelled to pattern match, I’ll just leave that out. But I did not take out the seam allowance! Even after that stupid mistake, it still turned out great. Ha! No matter how much I tried to sabotage it.
It is a very easy item to sew and I look forward to trying again. My (already started!) next iteration has many alterations that I can’t wait to share with you. I’m going to write up a tutorial and everything!
One thing of note is that I used knit interfacing. This allows some give in the facing so that it does not pull like I have noticed on some other Morris blazers. I put the stretch of my interfacing going down the lapels. I think this is a handy tip, especially if your knit is more stretchy, but even if it is fairly stable it still may help.
Since I want to wear this everyday, I think I should at least try to make it in a couple different fabrics for variety’s sake, eh? It is going to be the new uniform! Liana jeans (need more of those, too) and Aurora tanks (luckily I have 5 of those!) and every print and color of Morris blazer that I can make. Yay!