I am sorry, I could not think of a better title other than the obvious for this post, but as I am not feeling the jacket, I just couldn’t feel the title either.
In the interests of sharing the bad as well as the good, I bring you my Grainline Morris Jacket.
I have a GAP French terry double breasted blazer in my wardrobe and I absolutely love it. It is great for travelling, dressy but comfortable and never needs pressing! I need to replicate this feeling and thought the Morris jacket might come close. SPOILER ALERT – sadly not!
I made this in a stretchy grey ponte from my stash. I quantify this as stretchy as some ponte doesn’t stretch much at all, this one does and is a lovely quality (bought during a trip to LA from The Loft and paid for by weight!).
As with most makes I have seen on the interwebs I ended up with the ubiquitous puckering at the hem. Going in prepared, I was so sure I would be able to avoid it. First I used a stretch lining on the facing as I felt that the issue was caused by the front panels not stretching the same as the facing. But I still had puckering. So I ripped out the facing and the puckering remains. So ugly.
I then hand blind stitched the facing down as I think it is a weighting issue of the facing vs the front. But now my issue is my stitching is not so blind and can be seen from the outside! I have seen some versions where the facing has been topstitched down on the machine and this looks ok in a print, but wasn’t the look I was going for. (maybe a double line of stitching would work) I hate that the visibility of the stitching makes it look home-made!
The jacket super comfortable but in my opinion should be made in a stretch woven like a sateen, not a knit like ponte. But that being said, I have seen in a sateen and it was quite stiff and boxy.
This is just not for me, too boxy, too puckering and just not what I had envisioned. I haven’t thrown it in the bin just yet, I’m still thinking there must be some way to save it, if nothing else, the sleeves could be used on another jacket as I have some fabric left.
So now my search continues for the perfect knit blazer. Onto a Burdastyle pattern next!