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Feb 27, 2015

I'm Going on a Safari....

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!


Feb 23, 2015

Jeans Genie? Peter Models Two Pairs of Jeans!

Today's the day!

To see me model my white jeans and indigo jeans, just click here.

Feb 21, 2015

Chicken Soup and Dress Pants

I can't remember if I mentioned that my Mom, who has made a remarkable recovery from emergency hip surgery last November, has been staying with us.

Feb 18, 2015

Dress Pants Muslin -- Simplicity 4971

My third and final pair of pants for February is Simplicity 4971, a men's shirt jacket and slim pants pattern which dates from approximately 1963.

Feb 15, 2015

A Riveting Sunday! (Jean rivets, that is)

OMG, guys, I did it -- today I successfully inserted jeans rivets!

Feb 12, 2015

Next up: Blue Jeans!

Now that I've finished my white jeans, it's time to work on a pair of blue jeans -- my first in years.

Feb 9, 2015

Why NOT white pants in February?

Call me perverse, but when the weather gets cold and gray and the streets are covered with dirty snow, I want to wear white -- or least, sew something white!  (The shot up top is from my 2011 jeans sew-along and the month was May, but so be it.)

Feb 6, 2015

Feb 3, 2015

Home Again and Getting Organized!

It's always fun to go on an adventure and what better place than the Costa Rican rainforest?

Jan 23, 2015

National Pie Day + MPB Turns FIVE!

OMG, you guys: It's NATIONAL PIE DAY once again!

Jan 20, 2015

My Latest Dress Shirt: LIVE TODAY!

It's finished!  You can see my latest dress shirt right this very minute by simply clicking here

Jan 17, 2015

Vintage Men's Pattern-Palooza!

You guys: I just received THE BEST GIFT EVER.

Jan 13, 2015

Preppy Shirt Progress

I am cautiously optimistic about this shirt, readers!

Jan 9, 2015

Prepping the Preppy Fifties Shirt Pattern

First off, thank you for all your many recommendations the other day regarding dyeing.  So many options to consider and I hope to tackle this later in the month.
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