I've watched Scandal since the very first episode. Like every other woman in the world I LOVE everything that "Olivia Pope" wears.
When I saw this coat:
I KNEW I had to have one. Not a replica, just an inspired version.
It's what dreams are made of lol.
I didn't want a wool coat. I knew I wouldn't get a whole lot of wear out of it in this climate so I decided to use this ivory pinwale curduroy that I have had in my stash for a while. It's lightweight enough to actually wear as a top but it's still light weight enough to layer it if I need/ want to.
Instead of leaving the edges raw like the pattern suggests, I decided to use a black bias tape to finish off the edges. I love the contrast. I wanted to use leather but didn't have enough to make my own bias tape.
I also didn't want mine as long. Originally this hit me right at my knee. I cut more than six inches off of the length and it's MUCH more flattering on me.
I used frech seams on everything except the neckline and the pockets.
I love that I can dress this up or make it super casual. It's a winner in my book!
For those of you who sew, here is a review:
Pattern Sizing: 10-24
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn't need the instructions on this but they are very clear.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? This totally gave me the look I was going for. LOVE IT.
Fabric Used: Pinwale curduroy
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I finished it off with bias tape instead of leaving the edges raw. I shortened it a little over 6 inches. The original coat length is right at my knee.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I MIGHT make this one again, not sure yet :)
Great pattern, pretty easy to put together. Grab it if you like this style.