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The Tropical Dilemma

Added Dec 6, 2011

by The Tropical...

Singapore, Singa...






Tropical, permanent-summer weather = no need for coats

Northern hemisphere winter = coats, coats, coats everywhere!

I want I want :( :( augh….what to do?

Improvise, that’s what :)

I tried sewing up this coat pattern in summer-weight fabric – by far the most complicated garment I’ve tried! I intended for this brown broadcloth to be my muslin, but a heck of a lot of mistakes and pain later, decided that THIS WOULD BE IT.

Added rickrack, top-stitching, and voila! New top.

As usual it’s not perfect, but oh well. I do like the back!

More details on my blog.

Material Notes

Broadcloth, rickrack, vintage buttons




Garment Type

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    May 25, 2012, 09.23 PMby carottesauvage

    that’s super cute my dear tropical scissor hand!

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      May 28, 2012, 02.03 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      Thanks for the sweet comment :) wasn’t Johnny Depp so great in that!

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    May 17, 2012, 06.43 AMby erikthered

    I love your little swing coat, I really like the tough cotton, I have made many coats and jackets in cotton, they are just so versatile, you’ve inspired me, I’m going to make something similar! happy sewing! Annemarie

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      May 17, 2012, 04.49 PMby The Tropical Sewist

      Yay! Do post and let us all see it when you’re done!

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    Dec 13, 2011, 07.20 PMby memoryseed

    Ola! I love your jacket! And I love the color very much! It’s so me :) I found that offices in KL to be really really cold. Same as the malls there. How about your office in Singapore? I used to wear even gloves in my office in KL people thought I’m nuts. Haha.

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      Dec 15, 2011, 02.10 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      You’re so right! Office is the only reason I made this top and the only place I would wear it to! If not for their blasted cold air I would be in tank tops and dresses all day :) I can’t wear woolen gloves (because I already do wear disposable ones) but there are quite a few people walking around with scarves around their necks. Crazy, huh? You know us so well!

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    Dec 13, 2011, 09.16 AMby tracymcd

    Love this jacket – especially the collar. I wish we had the weather here for it at the moment. I’ve just arrived at work in wellingtons, big wool coat and a scarf warped around me about 5 times!

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      Dec 15, 2011, 01.24 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      thanks! it’s nice not to have to bundle up but you know…it gets sort of boring being in the sun all year! i wouldn’t mind having sone sort of a winter sometimes. maybe once in a couple of years haha! merry xmas to you :)

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    Dec 6, 2011, 06.14 PMby groovymama

    Lovely. Wish I was the one that didn’t need a coat!! :-) ‘Baby it’s cold outside’…..and it’s snowing in Denmark as we speak!

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      Dec 7, 2011, 01.09 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      Ooh! snow! It does get a little tiring in the heat all the time – shall we trade countries just for a year? ;)

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      Dec 9, 2011, 09.08 AMby groovymama

      Yes, please – let’s do that!!!! :-)

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    Dec 6, 2011, 07.59 AMby schnui

    Your jacket is wonderful and so well made. Like you I would love to wear a coat but we have similar weather in Brisbane and no need most of the year for a coat. Go some place where the air conditioning is really cold; like the movies!!

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      Dec 7, 2011, 01.08 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      Hello! I sense a kindred spirit there :) Isn’t it madness – racks of coats in the shops when no-one has need for any! But hmmm…movies are a good idea…

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    Dec 6, 2011, 04.49 AMby oranereuland

    Awesome mix!

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