Grainline Morris Blazer in Basic Black
For the past two years, I’ve had a Tuesday/Thursday teaching schedule, which means I’ve only had to dress up to teach two days a week. This fall, I’m in for a big change: I’ll be on campus five days a week for the first time since my first semester of my doctorate, and I’ll be in the classroom every day. It’s not quite the schedule I was imagining for my fourth year and the beginning of writing my dissertation, but I’m looking forward to teaching a new class, TAing a survey course, and having a better chance of making it to the group fitness classes on campus.
More time in the classroom also means more of a workout for my professional wardrobe, so I am really happy to have finished my Grainline Morris blazer in a very wearable and versatile black rayon stretch twill. I have become such a muslin convert in recent years, and whipping up a muslin for this pattern really drove home how inappropriate boxy styles are for my figure. After starting with a size 6, I added some dramatic curves to the side seams and center back seam to account for my hourglass figure, and the shape suits me so much better now. I do have some tightness across my shoulders–an area I did not alter–when I reach up, though. I noticed this in the muslin and thought the stretch of my fashion fabric would make up for it, but unfortunately it didn’t this time.
There have been some complaints about the fronts of this pattern drooping, and I wish I had followed the advice in the sewalong to fuse interfacing to the front pieces in order to prevent that drooping. By the time I found that piece of advice, it was too late to add the interfacing, and I thought that I would be all right since I used a stretch woven rather than a knit. It’s not clear in these photos (sorry…it’s black fabric…), but I do have some puckering at the bottom of the fronts that could have been avoided. Next time. Since this blazer is unlined, I decided to have a bit of fun and bind the seam allowances. My technique–if you can call it that–is somewhere between a Hong Kong finish and a bias bound finish because I edgestitched down my binding rather than stitching in the ditch. This was my first attempt at binding seam allowances, so I went for an easy quilting cotton with polka dots. I bought a 1/2 yard for the binding and used just about all of it. This touch slowed me down, but I love how sharp the insides look!
Today, I wore my Morris with a me-made striped dress and wedge sandals. This is sure to be one of the most versatile garments in my wardrobe. I look forward to tossing it on over just about anything, and maybe making a few more.