Alongside a button-down shirt, a knit blazer has topped my bucket list of holy grail sewing items. That’s why my heart pranced when the Morris Blazer came out a few years back. I immediately added it to my collection as visions of skittle colored toppers danced through my head. A cherry blazer for Valentines Day? yes, please. Emerald for St Patty’s? Mais bien sûr!
Though the spirit was willing, the pattern remained in cold storage for close to two years before I pulled it out recently. The Morris Blazer is described as “the perfect mix of casual and cool. With a mixture of drape and structure, bracelet length sleeves, and gentle shawl collar, it looks great dressed up or down.”
Sizing and Adjustments
Based on my measurements (39″ high bust, 36″ waist, 44″ hip), I decided to cut a 14 above the bust, grading to a 16 for the waist/hips. I also made the following adjustments:
- Lengthened the sleeves 4″ (Bracelet sleeves look weird)
- Massive full bust adjustment to accommodate my 45″ bust*
Note: I forgot to lengthen the hem facing to account for the additional FBA length. I ended up with a small gap in the facing during construction.
The instructions hold your hand throughout the process. And for anything that appears confusing, you can check out Grainline’s oh-so-helpful sew-along. I found it extremely enlightening when it came time to attach the facing. After adding bust darts, I basted the pieces together and noticed the darts seemed a bit “swing low, sweet chariot.” Since gravity hasn’t yet defeated my “girls” that much, I ripped out the darts and raised them a few inches.
Where do I begin? To quote Cher, it’s a full-on Monet. From far away, it’s okay, but up close, it’s a big ol’ mess. It’s far too boxy for my taste. I wish the pattern had a princess seam to provide a more tailored look. The lapels stuck up and flapped around awkwardly, so I tacked them down. I’m also bothered by the vertical drag lines at the bust – I’m not sure what’s causing that. Any ideas? A look at the rear view displays a lot of pooling in the back and the shoulders look a bit wide.
Sew It Again?
Umm, no thanks. I really regret using my dreamy ponte on this one. I wonder if any of it’s recoverable. At least this gives me an excuse to buy more fabric. #stillwinning
Let me know in the comments if you’ve had success with this pattern or can suggest a more fitted option!