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“Magic Our Morris” The Grainline Morris Blazer

Now, does that heading stir any memories?

Selwyn Froggitt was a popular Sitcom which ran from 1974-77. I was born in 1971 so although I don’t remember everything from it I do remember a well know phrase from the show, which was “Magic ‘r’ Morris!” Morris was Selwin’s brother. If you remember it and fancy a nostalgic chuckle take a peak at this You Tube clip.

If you don’t, then moving swiftly on……….. here is my new Grainline Magic Our Morris Blazer! (worn with my BHL Polly Top)

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I’m so excited to share this with you!  I’ve not taken it off since I finished it this lunch time and have had so many compliments.  I woke up at half 6 this morning and by 7am was well into cutting out.  All in all it’s taken me 5 hours from start to finish (not including getting the pattern ready).

So here we are – I’ll get straight into the finished garment photos, then I’ll just mention a few changes I made during construction.

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I think you can tell from my smiley face that I’m really chuffed with my new blazer!  There’s some amazing ones out there and I was afraid that my cream one might be a bit dull, but it’s quite the opposite.  I went to the cricket club and they thought I looked glamorous!  I’d only put on a pair of ear rings and my new blazer!! Or maybe it was the new hair cut, but they saw that last week.  Anyway, needless to say I felt amazing in it!

I thought I might mention how I finished off my seams.  The instructions basically say to finish the seams by your own preferred method.  As it’s not a beginners pattern I think this is quite acceptable, but there are adventurous beginners out there who will make amazing Morris’s, so if showing them my preferred way helps them out, all well and good.  If not, it’ll remind me next time I make one!

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After pressing the seam allowance to one side, I trimmed the underneath seam allowance.

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I then overlocked the seam allowance – with the wider seam allowance on top – I also trimmed off aprox 1/4 inch as I overlocked.

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In some places the bottom seam allowance was caught, but it didn’t matter either way.

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I pressed the sleeve head seam towards the body of the blazer.

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Then I top stitched or edge stitched. I did the shoulder seam prior to inserting the arms.

I also should mention that I did not stitch together the side seams until after I had sewn in the sleeves.  I sew in my sleeves with only 3 pins and no easing stitches – super fast and learnt off Janet Prays Craftsy class – so have to change the order of construction slightly.

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Wrong side of collar after top stitching.

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right side of collar after top stitching.

A few of the reviews I’ve read so far mention part 15 of the instructions were a bit tricky.  For those who’ve made it you’ll know what I mean when I say I made it a bit trickier by not turning under the 1/2 inch – instead i overlocked it and chopped the 1/2 inch off.  This meant I had to do things a little different – I took some photos – hope these clarify things:

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I didn’t want any more bulk on the edge of the facing so overlocked the raw edge which would be shown. its a bit hard to explain but if you do make one and when you get to part 15 this will make sense and hopefully help you out!

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I stitched these together just a couple of mm off the edge as I had in effect chopped off all the seam allowance when I overlocked the edge.

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You can just about make out the stitching line here.

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Wrong side of facing after a good press.

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Right side of facing – the corner on the bottom left of the picture now matches up with the bottom edge of the jacket when sewn together, right sides facing.

If you’ve not sewn one yet and I’ve not tempted you, Saturday Night Stitch has a stunning mustard one HERE,  Sew Busy Lizzy has a beautiful floral one HERE, and Ginger has 2 for the price of one HERE!!

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I sew and play golf. I blog about my sewing as I don't think you'd want to read about my golf. It's bad enough watching it on telly! Contact me via email - Thimbers.blog@gmail.com


  1. Well you have plenty good reason to have a big smile in the pictures πŸ˜‰ You look amazing in this blazer, the color and the fit is so great! And yes with your cute haircut it is even more glamorous 😊

    • Thanks! I can’t wait to wear it again! Unfortunate it’s raining heavy today so probably will be staying in my wardrobe β˜”οΈ

    • Thank you! It falls so easily into place and the edge stitching helps sharpen it up. Thank goodness for the special foot on my Janome!

  2. corrineappleby says

    Google Now told me about this post as it’s not on my WordPress feed either. Your blazer looks fantastic! That’s the second great Morris I’ve seen now. I’m off to have a look at that pattern….

    • Hila from Saturday night stitch told me they’re infectious, and after making one I can see why! I NEED MORE! πŸ˜ƒ

  3. You do indeed look glamorous! I’m tempted to get this pattern now they’re popping up everywhere! The colour suits you even though it’s plain boring white!

    • Thanks Beth! It’s so easy to wear. I bet it’ll look just as good with a skirt or summer dress. Think I’ll get loads of wear out of it this summer!β˜€οΈ

  4. Carolyn says

    Congrats on a fabulous blazer! I love that you made yours in white – it will be such a great garment to wear all summer long. All this talk about Step 15 is very intriguing… I will probably buy this pattern at some point and will have to see for myself what all the chatter is about. Anyway, I really love your version! You do look glamorous in it. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Carolyn! I love it! I can’t believe I’ve had the Archer pattern traced and ready for about 6 months and along comes Morris and I’ve got it done less than a week from buying it!

  5. Bekki Hill says

    You’ve every right to be chuffed with it, it’s lovely. You made me smile at the mention of Selwyn Froggit πŸ™‚ Noticed everyoe else’s comments were saying they couldn’t find you on WordPress reader, but I just have.

    • Thanks Bekki!
      I had to google β€˜magic our Morris’ as I couldn’t remember who said it, then it all came back when I saw the clip! πŸ˜‚

      • πŸ™‚ Oh, Lordy my throw away comments are going to come back to haunt me! Are you planning a print or a plain fabric for yours?

        • Lol! I think you should change your blog name to navy blue jumpsuits!
          I think a patterned fabric will be more flattering. Are you on Twitter? There’s been some chatter over there about it πŸ˜€

  6. It is a popular pattern, isn’t it! You have done a beautiful job of it. It is lovely on you! I, on the other hand, would never choose white because I wouldn’t be able to get it out of the house without slopping on it!

    • I don’t think it’ll be the most practical thing I’ve got in my wardrobe, I’m hoping it washes well! πŸ˜€

  7. Well your hair looks just as good as the blazer! Seriously tempted by this pattern…eek! I can see you wearing yours everywhere!

    • Thank you!
      Now I wonder, will you exercise restraint or will we see one soon on your blog?? The second I hope! βœ‚οΈπŸ˜ƒβœ‚οΈ

  8. Oooh! This is so glamorous! I love it in cream- there’s just something so sharp about a white or cream blazer! Seriously lovely work!

    • Thanks Ginger! I can see why you made 2, I need another already, I love my cream one but the next one will have to be a bit more practical πŸ˜ƒ

      • Ha OK great so can you please tell me if you’d recommend the PDF? Are there too many pieces to faff about sticking together? Should I get the printed version?

        • Can you wait for it to come all the way from America?!?! I ordered a pattern from skinny bitch curvy chick in the USA as they had free postage. It’s over 2 weeks and not here yet. I do prefer a paper copy to keep forever, but sometimes I just can’t wait.

  9. Can’t believe I missed this post. I want one! Really fabulous. And in white! I’d never buy a white jacket but making one is another matter. Isn’t that wierd?

  10. White and cream always manage to look glamorous – did you know that you’re more likely to get upgraded on a ‘plane if you’re wearing white? Such a great style on you, I’m sure you’ll wear the hell out of it:)

    • Thanks Sheila! I’d no idea about the upgrade – I’m going to wear it everywhere with a queue from now on, just in case I get fast tracked! Unfortunately I’ve no flights booked in the near future! πŸ˜ƒ

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  13. Fiona M says

    Terrific jacket!
    I loved Selwyn Froggit, I could still sing you the theme tume if you like!

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