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50s reversible swing coat

Added Oct 10, 2010

by olystyrene

Sydney, Australia






I am in love with the swing coat!!! I’m starting to realise that it is becoming a deep deep love.. The brown-blue reversible number I made a few months ago is still a wardrobe favourite. However, I decided it needed a friend :)

More fabric op shop finds: lovely vibrant jungle-y green man-made fibre, and cotton leopard print bed sheet – a killer combination! I didn’t have very much to work with in terms of the size of the green fabric, so there was quite a bit of against-the-grain pattern piece placement. However, I decided that this wasn’t going to be an issue, since the fabric was thick and had a bit of stretch both with and perpendicular to the grain.

Sewing the two VERY different fabric types together was a fun exercise. I had to make sure I was extremely precise in my sewing, and to be strict in not allowing the green fabric to stretch very much. It’s times like those, I was ever so grateful for trusty old zig-zig. So simple, yet so necessary…

The rest was, of course, history! I’ve been wearing this bad boy every day since making it. Quite literally. It’s perfect on cool days with sleeves rolled up to reveal the leopard print, or on chilly says, with sleeves down and a cardi underneath.

Material Notes

thick polyester-like knit, cotton




Spring, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Business, Casual, Classic, Evening Wear, Vintage
Cotton, Polyester

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    Feb 13, 2012, 12.50 AMby flowergirl22

    love the lining,, you defeniately found your style,, love the fifties look outfits,

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      Feb 21, 2012, 01.46 AMby olystyrene

      Thank you so much! :)

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    Nov 29, 2010, 11.10 PMby cantare

    What a delish color, and I love how the lining shows and makes the jacket pop more!

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      Nov 30, 2010, 12.17 AMby olystyrene

      Why, thank you! ;) I always love playing around with contrasting colours and patterns!

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    Nov 7, 2010, 11.30 PMby marianne10

    I love it! What pattern did you use?

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      Nov 10, 2010, 12.09 AMby olystyrene

      Thanks! The pattern is a vintage Simplicity one (#3451).

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    Oct 20, 2010, 03.54 AMby sofasewgood

    Love it! You are Sew Good!

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      Oct 20, 2010, 04.07 AMby olystyrene

      And you are SEEEWWW special!

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    Oct 13, 2010, 04.16 AMby nessys

    I am so glad I happened upon this fab project of yours Darl, with the Activity thingo on the blink – it’s just impossible!!

    Another fab swing coat!! I love, love, love it! I love the colour of this one too – that green is just darling and you look stunning in it!

    Once again I am impressed by your wonderful re-use of existing materials. You are to be commended for your creativity, thriftiness and green ethic! xxxxxx

    PS – I adore how you have styled your hair. I would love to do mine like that!! You are one “hot potato” in those pics.

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      Oct 19, 2010, 11.58 PMby olystyrene

      Hahaha! Sweeeeeet Nessssseh! Too darn nice VERY TIME!! I’m glad you like this. To tell you the truth, I’m becoming a little bit obsessed with this swing coat business.. am working on another one at the moment but I need an old maroon bedsheet to make lining.. I can’t wait to show you, I know you’ll appreciate it! xoxox

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      Oct 20, 2010, 01.06 AMby nessys

      I can’t wait to see it Honey! xx

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    Oct 11, 2010, 02.45 PMby aur0ra

    Love it!

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    Oct 11, 2010, 08.30 AMby kihli

    Looks beautiful and comfortable! And the pictures are gorgeous!

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      Oct 12, 2010, 11.17 PMby olystyrene

      It is entirely the most comfortable thing I have ever worn!!

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    Oct 11, 2010, 06.40 AMby redslippers

    Love everything about this project!!

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    Oct 11, 2010, 06.09 AMby eugeniaofthewasps

    My favorite color in the whole world… It is perfect for the coat!!! Great job!

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      Oct 12, 2010, 11.19 PMby olystyrene

      It’s a colour I cannot get sick of! I’m with you on that one ;)

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    Oct 11, 2010, 12.30 AMby gaviccaabri

    That’s gorgeous!! I love your pictures as well

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      Oct 11, 2010, 03.44 AMby olystyrene

      Thank you! _

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