Mainelydad

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.  

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 Thanks to Katherine for inviting me to post here.  I’m truly flattered, not to mention amazed that anyone pays attention to what happens on my silly little blog.  I’m one of those guys who sews.  The challenge and the sense of accomplishment that I get propels me from project to project.  Plus I get the bonus of clothes that I really love to wear!  

I totally fell in love with this pattern when I stumbled upon it.  I believe it’s from Sassy Cotton on Etsy.  It dates from 1964 and has some great details.  The back pleats extend from the yoke to the hem where there’s a great button detail.  There are also little button tabs on the short sleeves.  Someone mentioned that this is a shirt that Ken would wear.  That totally nails it! 

 

 The fabric is a cotton voile from Denver Fabrics.  It has a crisp, almost linen like feel to it.  I love the color way.  Olive green, orange, dijon yellow, slate blue, pale sage.  The blocky pattern really accentuates the boxiness of the design.  Now if it would only stop snowing and be summer!  

My blog can be found at Mainelydadswintercoat.blogspot.com  

 

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