I've been wearing a lot of monochrome recently (maybe I'm running a temperature) and decided it was high time I made something monochrome too. The opportunity presented itself when Girl Charlee Fabrics got in touch about reviewing their jersey. I instantly fell in love with their triangle ponte (it's no longer in stock sadly, but they have many more gorgeous ponte prints on offer) and knew immediately that I wanted to make Grainline Studio's Morris Blazer.
Let's talk fabric first, shall we? Just like the triangle stag print jersey I tried out before, Girl Charlee's triangle and plain black ponte is a lovely quality and handles beautifully - both pieces washed, cut and sewed up perfectly for me. I also can't stop waxing lyrical about the range of jersey and prints they have! Better still, they're offering my lovely readers a 15% discount for two weeks, so hop on over to Girl Charlee Fabrics and use ODYSSEY until 21 October!
Moving onto the pattern next, Grainline Studio's Morris Blazer. What made it so attractive was the prospect of sewing something other than a dress, that was a bit more involved, but not too involved. A huge selling point was that the pdf is only 28 pages with relatively few pattern pieces. Jen's written instructions are top class as always, so this sewed up remarkably fast. I did, however, struggle with some of the diagrams as I found them a little too 'zoomed' into the detail and out of context. It's probably just an issue with my brain to be fair...it seems to work in mysterious ways!
Sizing wise, I cut a 6 across the shoulders and an 8 elsewhere. I'm really inspired by Katie's boyfriend version of the Morris Blazer, so if I attempt her hack next I too will grade to a size 10 at the hem.
I'm pretty pleased with my pattern matching on the back seam and I like how raw edges are neatly concealed, despite Morris being unlined. I also like the pointy, dipped front with interesting stitching detail.
The long and short of it is, that I really dig my Morris Blazer. The design details, the cropped length, the monochrome...everything about it makes me feel rather cool!