Monday, May 21, 2012
Happiness is..... The completed safari jacket!
All the loose threads are clipped. All the buttons are sewn on. The sun is shining so it's time to get outside and model the circa 1975 safari jacket.
I'm a happy guy in my new safari jacket!
Simplicity 6887 with a few modifications here and there.
The pattern had a HUGE disco collar that I whittled down. I also replaced the button cuffed sleeves with a two piece vented sleeve.
The undercollar , back vent and sleeve vents have contrasting fabrics.
Here you see the patchwork madras at the collar and back vent.
I know a lot of people think "ick" at the idea of a safari jacket, but it really turned out more like a mini trench coat in my opinion. It's a versatile color for me and goes well the the purples, olives, aqua and peach that make up the bulk of my wardrobe. I'm not totally thrilled with the set of the sleeves, but for a casual jacket it's OK. There's a substantial amount of lycra in the fabric which just doesn't want to "relax" no matter how much I press. It's been a good lesson learned and I'll keep it in mind when shopping for fabric in the future.
I'm going to be putting the sewing machine away for a bit while I work on building a backyard fountain. Happy sewing to all of you!