This is the Morris Blazer from Grainline Studio. My Victoria Blazer from By Hand London is one of my most worn items (pre blog), and I was keen to make the Morris to give my Victoria the odd day off! A ponte blazer is such a comfy item to wear, and I think makes any outfit look more put-together than a cardigan.
The Morris is an unlined blazer for medium weight fabrics with a bit of stretch, or stable knit fabric. Ponte, or ponte di roma, is a really great fabric to sew with, and perfect if you are looking for an introduction to sewing with knit fabric. I sewed it on my regular sewing machine with the lightening bolt stitch for the construction seams, and I finished my seam allowances with an overlocker – since the jacket is unlined the seams are on show and I thought this would make it look a bit tidier. Unfortunately I didn’t have any red coloured thread so I just used black. Luckily when you are wearing it you don’t see any of the internal seams anyway. I just used a regular straight stitch with a slightly longer stitch length for all the top-stitching.
We have a good selection of solid coloured ponte’s in the shop and I picked this really lovely warm claret coloured one (which happens to go perfectly with my recent Grainline Alder shirtdress which I’m wearing). I made a straight size 12.
Everything came together well and Grainline’s instructions were very clear. The only part I had to do differently was when I came to step 24 to sew the sleeve facings to the sleeve hems. I found that my facings were smaller than the sleeve diameter. It was easy enough to fix – I simply re-sewed the bottom of the sleeve seam, taking it in 1/4”.
This is such a great blazer to wear. The stretch in the ponte makes it really comfy, and the ponte is so lovely and soft and cosy to wear. I think I could do with making it in a few more colours so that I’ve got one to go with everything. You can see some pooling of the fabric at the bottom of one of the fronts – I think this is just they way it is sitting as I don’t notice it when I’m wearing it.
Total cost = £36.40
1.6m Claret Ponte di Roma – £22.40
Interfacing and thread – from stash