Hey there! I know I’ve mentioned it on instagram, but I’m not sure I’ve shared this over here, this winter we are headed on a trip. A pretty big trip…we are headed to Japan! Woo hoo! And traveling to somewhere cold in the winter has led me to think of sewing some layering clothes, like this Grainline Studio Morris Blazer!
Okay, let me fill you in a bit on the trip. My sister in law works for the military and has been working over in Japan for the past two years. Ever since she started her three year term in Japan, Josh and I have been saving our pennies to fly on over there. Last April we finally had enough money saved up (combined with some frequent flier miles donated by my mom) to purchase the plane tickets for our little family of four! Now all of our spare dollars have been going into savings so we can have fun while we are in Japan…woo hoo!
I’ve been gearing up for the fun in Japan (and prepping the kids for the really long flight). And only recently it occurred to me that it’s going to be cold in Japan. Really cold, probably not for you guys, but really cold for this Florida family! So that led to me thinking I need to start ramping up my layering wardrobe!
Alright, ready for some sewing talk? This is the morris blazer pattern, which I’m assuming you’ve seen before. There are numerous great morris blazers out there! I didn’t know if I was a blazer girl or not, but about six months ago I decided I’d like to give the pattern a try. I ordered the paper pattern from Indiesew and then I just let it sit there! For a whole six months.
I actually had ordered some fabric with the blazer in mind and then decided it didn’t have enough structure for the blazer. Coincidentally that fabric became this maxi dress (blogged about here). So the fabric hunt continued. I was looking for a ponte knit without much polyester. I found just the fabric I wanted on etsy and it actually has no polyester…woo hoo! This ponte knit is a rayon, nylon, spandex blend and it is truly great!
The pattern came together smoothly! The only little bump I ran into was while I was sewing on the lapel facing, I should have used my walking foot, but I didn’t. And my un-interfaced fabric wanted to stretch when sewn to the interfaced lapel. I think using a walking foot would fix the stretching issue I had, either that or interface just the seam line. Any morris blazer sewists have any advice? Ooh speaking of interfacing, I purchased a tricot fusible interfacing, but I bought it so long ago I can’t remember where I ordered it from!
Okay here’s a quick recap of the sewing details:
Fabric: Black Ponte Knit
Size: 4, no alterations
Alterations for next time: use walking foot to avoid stretching out the fabric, lengthen arms by 1 inch
I’m sharing this ponte blazer with you in conjunction with Indiesew’s cardigan week. Allie kindly is offering all Indie Sew customers a 15% discount on all cardigans and blazers in the shop through Sunday, October 11. Just use the code FALLCARDIGANS16 when you check out!