Feb 27, 2015
Behold my latest pattern purchase, Folkwear 130, up top.
It's called an "Australian Bush Outfit" but isn't that the same thing as a safari outfit? If you're from Down Under, maybe you know. It's a unisex pattern and includes long pants and/or shorts along with the jacket.
Here's an ad for a similar ensemble:
I made something highly suggestive of a safari jacket a few years ago, but it was actually a wearable muslin in a stretchy fabric I'd found for cheap. Michael still likes to wear it, however.
You may know that there was something of a safari jacket craze in the 1970's, with lots of men's and women's patterns to choose from. I think Yves Saint Laurent is responsible for this from what I recall. Eventually this classic look morphed into the double knit leisure suit.
Mainely Dad made a great-looking version in 2012 -- so many nice details.
I'm not sure what fabric I'm going to use on my version. This week I picked up two possibilities, neither a classic khaki. The first is this medium-weight light blue cotton woven:
The second option -- and my current preference -- is this metallic silver- coated cotton twill. Whether I'm going on a safari or just hanging out in the urban jungle, I want to look glamorous.
I'm going to want to make a muslin of the jacket first, of course. I'm hoping to receive the Folkwear pattern early next week.
And that's it!
Any fans of the safari look out there?
Have a great day, everybody!