Happy December Minerva Makers!

It’s Vicky of Sewstainability here and I am getting ready for the festive season in my sparkly new jacket.  For a change, this is one make that I actually really needed! I have no casual but nice jackets in my wardrobe for evenings out - on the rare occasion I go out for a night on the town I can be seen sporting either a nice wooly cardigan or a big winter coat! Not really the ideal look when I’ve spent hours making a beautiful dress for a nice occasion and then I chuck a cardigan over it or cover it with a big coat – but not anymore! Now I have this gorgeous jacket to throw on before I leave the house!

It is, of course, the Grainline Studio Morris Blazer which I was really interested to see can be made out of both wovens or knit fabrics. I chose this beautiful Atelier Brunette Twinkle Night French terry as I thought it would be really comfortable because of the stretch – and it is! It is like putting on a cosy cardigan BUT is infinitely more smart and looks more ‘put together’ without any more effort.

The fabric is really beautiful; it has beautiful gold sparkles on the outside, and on the inside the loop back is brushed and feels so incredibly soft. As soon as I felt the fabric I knew that I wanted the jacket I made with it to last me a really long time. It’s such gorgeous fabric and it goes well with so many garments in my wardrobe that I wanted to give it some extra special treatment. That’s when I decided to order 4m of the Satin Bias Binding  and go to town on making the insides as beautiful as the outside.

I chose to Hong Kong bind the centre back seam and bind the hem and facings. This is the first time I chose to work with satin bias binding but I honestly didn’t find it any more difficult to work with than cotton bias. I think the satin really elevates the make into something special and whilst it looks casual from the outside I know it’s fancy on the inside! I cheated a bit on the binding as I actually bound all of the pattern pieces before I assembled any of the jacket. This meant that I didn‘t have to try and bind around any difficult bends or into any corners. I just assembled the jacket with the two back pieces, the hem facing and the lapel facing already bound.

The pattern was really easy to follow and the jacket was easy to construct. This is my first time using a Grainline Studio Sewing Pattern and it was very easy to understand with great instructions. I didn’t come across any difficulties and I am really pleased with the fit without making any adjustments! The only thing I might change is add some small shoulder pads to give me some shaping as I have quite sloping shoulders. I am not talking horrendous 80’s huge shoulder pads but some small structural pads to counteract my sloping shoulders.

One final touch I added to the inside of my jacket was to create this little ‘Atelier Brunette’ label. I actually made this out of the selvedge of the fabric – down one edge of the fabric the logo is printed on in the same gold as the spots. I cut around one of the printed logos and topstitched it down, making this fancy label!

Unsurprisingly, I am thrilled with my new jacket; it is exactly what my wardrobe needed and it so warm, comfortable and stylish! I am also thrilled that the Morris Blazer can be made from knits or wovens as I think I will definitely be able to get some more mileage out of this pattern. I think I will be making a boiled wool one next, leaving all the edges raw...

As always, thank you to Minerva for the supplies and until next time – happy sewing!