Morris and Sabrina…

Or what to do with 5 yards of ponte de roma! I picked it up at a very good price at Fabric Mart earlier this year, thinking I would make a long cardigan for the change of seasons. But I’ve been on the fence about it. A long cardigan would be an almost zero-use item for me, wearable on maybe a few days in January or February. So it’s been sitting in my stash, while I’ve been sewing down the fabrics around it. (I’ve been on a bit of a fabric fast for most of the year – my stash was getting out of hand. I will totally break out during the Black Friday – Cyber Monday sales!)
So, I decided to go with a second Boyfriend Cardigan as a compromise. Only one pic, because I just don’t love it. I do have other plans for it – hopefully I won’t re-cut and sew it down to nothing. 

A note here about my hair: it came up blonde in this and two more pics because I took them with the settings I had been using to photograph the moon. Clearly my camera still has the upper hand. I’ve become very vain about my gray hair – I love it!

With the cardigan behind me, I decided to make another Grainline Morris Blazer, but with a concession – I sewed it to the original drafting, with none of the little changes I made previously to the bottom edge. And I cut it with long sleeves, a simple change. I thought I might like it better than my two previous versions. It’s such a cute jacket, and I’ve seen so many terrific makes of the pattern – the Grainline Flickr group is a lurkers heaven…
 Actually, this one’s pretty nice. The fabric works really well, and the fit is spot on. On Emile, pending sleeves:
To keep the facings – neckline, front edges, and hem – nice and fluid, I used tricot knit lining for all my interfacing. The pattern suggests fusible tricot interfacing, but I did not want to risk ‘freezing’ the fabric, as fusibles often do. 
I hand-basted the interfacing/facing just outside the seam line and removed the basting once the facings were in place. I enjoy hand-sewing, so basting is right up my alley. I baste all the time!
I’m really happy with the result. By the way, as before, I top-stitched along the edge of the front facing. This seems to prevent the fabric drag, between the shoulder and bottom point, that haunts so many Morris blazers.

Added top-stitching, red lines

I could not believe I still had enough fabric to make one more thing. An easy choice – the Love Notions Sabrina Slims are one of my favorite pants. Absolutely like wearing PJs.

And the ponte is all used up, gone, done!
Ciao! Coco

15 thoughts on “Morris and Sabrina…

  1. Oh Coco, you did a wonderful job with the your fabric! I am not sure why you don't care for the “Boyfriend Cardigan”, I LOVE it! All of your pieces are really nice!


  2. Oh, what a wonderful use of that lovely fabric. I really like the short jacket over a long shirt, and think it would look cool with a long dress. You are my style hero.


  3. Very cool. I'd like to see you layer them all together just for fun! Or at least two of them with a long solid colored shirt. I think it would look great, but you know, that's me. The print and colors work so well together.


  4. Thanks, Nancy. I like the Morris this way too, feels more my style than as a short jacket by itself over pants. I think it would be cute over a dress, but I don't have any solid color dresses – not one!


  5. I felt a little brave with the band, because I had to cut it with the stretch of the fabric – 80% stretch – and I had visions of a struggle. I didn't want it to behave like ribbing. I interfaced it with tricot knit cut with the grain, no stretch, to control it – worked great!


  6. Congratulations! Nothing like finally finding the perfect project for a well-aged piece of stash. Three cute pieces too! Your Morris looks great, and I love it over the longer top!


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