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1970’s Mens Safari Jacket (with a few modifications)

This is my most recent project.  Straight out of 1975 a safari style leisure suit.  The pattern is Simplicity 6887, and it’s easily found on Etsy and Ebay.  Was it really popular, or was it a dud.  Who knows?  My goal was to bring it into the present. 


Safari leisure suit circa 1975.  Oh man!


I know some people may think “ick” when they hear safari jacket, but I’m thrilled with the result.  It really turned out to be more a mini trench coat.  Perfect for early Spring and Fall.  


Safari for the modern man 

I did make some changes to the pattern.  

1.  I made the collar smaller and eliminated the 70’s disco look.  

2.  I angled off the bottoms of the patch pockets.  I think this is a more authentic safari look.  

3.   I replaced the button cuff sleeves with a two piece vented sleeve.  I think this gives a more tailored look.  

4.  I added a full lining.  


I’m ready for the safari comeback!   

Please visit my blog Mainelydadswintercoat.blogspot.com to see how it all came together.  

About the author: I’m another one of those guys who sew. It all started with shopping for a winter coat. I was so turned off the the sea of black that’s out there for men. I figured if I could make a slipcover for the sofa I could make a coat, right? Hmmm There’s been a lot to learn, but having the clothes that I really want has made all the work well worth it. I now turn up my nose at the likes of Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren and Hugo Boss. I AM my own luxury brand!

{ 13 comments… add one }
  • tina vines May 21, 2012, 6:50 pm

    this looks so dashing on you! congrats on a great project!!

  • Ande May 21, 2012, 7:04 pm

    Wow! Great work! Rawr!

  • Cynthia May 21, 2012, 7:18 pm


  • Jessamyn May 21, 2012, 8:53 pm

    What wrongheaded people say “ick” to safari jackets? I love them! I think you did just the right things to make it less Lee-Majors-in-L.A. and more Clark-Gable-in-Mogambo. That’s never a bad thing.

  • paloverde May 22, 2012, 2:00 am

    Looks like a lot of work—and totally worth it. I love safari jackets and yours looks really great. Kudos.

  • Normatika May 22, 2012, 4:51 am

    Great work! I love your version of the safari jacket.

  • Ofir May 22, 2012, 4:53 am

    Beautiful!! I liked the details 🙂

  • retro May 22, 2012, 8:49 am

    Wow, gorgeous jacket for a handsome man.

  • Anonymous May 22, 2012, 12:32 pm

    Your husband looks like he is going to find the next great archaeological find of the century. Good work!

  • Michelle Marie May 22, 2012, 1:36 pm

    I loved the way this turned out. You did a tremendous job, and that gentleman looks mighty fetching in it 🙂

  • Parismegs May 22, 2012, 5:03 pm

    I certainly don’t say “ick” when I hear safari suit – I love them.

    Yours looks fab…where with pride 🙂

    BTW – It is lovely to see some men posting here.

  • puu May 23, 2012, 4:14 pm

    love the contrast undercollar as well!

  • Gabriella May 24, 2012, 11:35 am

    This is AMAZING! I’ve actually been looking for safari jacket patterns for the last couple of weeks for my hubs. He would LOVE this. So great!!

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