Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Brady Bunch Denim Shacket

 While at the thrift store I found several yards of multicolored denim for the huge price of $1.49.   I know it is old because it had a Montgomery Wards tag stapled to it.  Since Wards has been out of business nearly twenty years, this makes the denim a vintage fabric.

The pattern I used is one I used before, Simplicity 1328.   I have used it as printed and also tweaked it to have a lining and welt pockets.  This time I made it as printed in small size with two inches added to the sleeves.

I decided to use my Singer 201 for this project.  I bought this machine a few years ago at the thrift store for $2.  It didn't have a foot control, that is why it was so affordable.  It amazes me how smooth it sews.  Especially for being almost 70 years young.  Yes, it is a Centennial version, made in 1951.

The first thing I did was lay out the pattern pieces on the fabric.  The fabric was only 34" wide, so I had to make sure I had enough.  Then I started lining up stripes.

During a trip to Wal-Mart I purchased some material for the pocket and cuff lining.  Plus a stop at Joann's for the buttons.  I also bought some patterns on sale for $1.99 for future projects.

Maurice helped me line up the pockets.

The button plackets are separate. They are sewed on after the hem is finished, but before the collar.  I lined up the red stripe to make the pattern flow.  I made the button holes with my Greist buttonholer and the 201.

Here it is finished.

This was a fun project.

Thanks for stopping.


  1. Pretty groovy, Will! You find the best stuff. Vintage fabrics and vintage machines.

  2. Very scooby doo, well shaggy more so ... i think you could a date with the bionic woman with that shirt!

  3. So perfectly sewn and perfect on you!

  4. I like this project but especially the side pockets: what a great idea and what a great job. I also love using my Singer 201.

  5. Handsome jacket, lovely colors! It suits you very well. (no pun intended)
    A 201 for $2.00???!!!!! Holy Wow! You are one lucky guy! And that beautiful machine is the same age as I am. It's aged a lot better than me too. (sigh!)
    I love reading articles and blogs by men who sew.