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Fashion Inspiration: Olivia Pope’s Coats on ‘Scandal’

Olivia Pope's Salvatore Ferragamo coat from Season 2 (photo credit: ABC/Nicole Wilder)

Olivia Pope’s Salvatore Ferragamo coat from Season 2 (photo credit: ABC/Nicole Wilder)

A sure sign of a show hitting the country’s pop culture zeitgeist is when you check your Twitter feed and all you see are tweets related to #Scandal. Especially when it’s between 10-11:00 pm EST on Thursday nights. For me, ABC’s Scandal is appointment television and I’ve got my iPhone ready to go to live tweet my astonishment at every oh-no-they-didn’t-just-do-that plot point. And while I’m glued to the TV, I’m also ogling the awesome, ultra-feminine wardrobe that Kerry Washington gets to wear as her D.C. fixer character, Olivia Pope.

I mean, come on! I feel like the Jack Nicholson as the Joker in Batman–“Where does she get those wonderful clothes?!”

Lately, Olivia Pope’s wardrobe has been all about the coats. They are so luxe and gorgeous! So while we must wait until February 27th for new episodes (why!), below are some sewing patterns you can use to create your own Olivia Pope-worthy coats.

Wrap Coat

Like the costumes on Suits, Olivia Pope’s clothes are all about the necklines. In season 2, Olivia Pope wore this light pink, oversized wrap coat by Salvatore Ferragamo. The wool and cashmere coat retailed at over $1,700.

Vogue 1321, Donna Karan Collection

However, Vogue Patterns has this Donna Karan pattern above (Vogue 1321), that could easily look like the Ferragamo coat, but at a price tag with less zeros.

Short-Sleeve Coat

From Season 2, Episode 14, “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” (credit: abc.go.com)

Oh this Max Mara coat! And with the long gloves! So iconic…And get this–Vogue has a similar pattern to this coat as well:

Very Easy, Very Vogue–V8861


Military Jacket

Season 2, episode 10 “One for the Dog”

I had a tougher time finding a pattern for this Ann Demeulemeester double-breasted military jacket. However, if you alter the Simplicity 2508 below, it makes a nice alternative. And with the right fabric, you can make any of those patterns worthy of a Olivia Pope coat.

Simplicity 2508


People, we have 39 days until Scandal is back. Who’s makin’ a coat?


P.S. While I was researching this post, I found this video gem from online retailer, Bluefly, made with Kerry Washington in 2012 about Olivia Pope’s wardrobe:

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Fall 2012 Sewing: Recreate Looks from Dior, BCBG and YSL

I must confess that I’m a bit of a magazine queen. There are towers of magazines all over the apartment, driving my husband crazy. I try to organize them in order of urgency in which I want to read them, but it gets to be too much. My problem is that I’ll subscribe to almost anything –especially fashion magazines.

So while all the fashionistas have already devoured their September issues, I only just got to them this past weekend (quelle horreur!). Well, specifically I got to the phonebook-sized issue, otherwise known as September Vogue. While I was flipping through the issue, I was trying to think of how I could recreate the fall fashion trends that I liked with available sewing patterns.

Christian Dior’s Peplum

Christian Dior Couture, Fall 2012

Usually I only like a couple of pieces in any given designer’s collection, but I fell in love with almost every piece in Christian Dior’s fall couture collection. J’adore Dior! The emphasis was on an hourglass and feminine silhouette — very Betty Draper. The waists were nipped in from the coats and dresses to yes, the peplum. Above, the peplum is paired with a trim pair of cigarette pants. It’s modern-day Audrey!

Vogue 8815

You can recreate the look with the peplum pattern in Vogue 8815. To make it a little edgier, try using faux leather like Erica did on Erica B. DIY Style –it looks amazing and ties in the leather trend as well.

Vogue 8837

For the slim pants, Vogue 8837 has a pattern for tapered, cuffed pant. Paired with pointy heels and the peplum, you’ve got the Dior look!

BCBG Max Azria’s Colorblocking

BCBG Max Azria, Aliza color-blocked dress

Just like colorblocking was hot in spring and summer, the trend continues into fall. You could pay $298 for this dress from BCBG Max Azria (ab0ve), or you could sew your own dress using Vogue 1313 (below). For a flattering combination, pair a dark color for the side panels and a bright color for the front, like the BCBG dress.

Vogue 1313

The edge this dress has over the BCBG dress? Pockets!

Yves Saint Laurent’s Fit & Flare Dress

YSL’s textured-knit detailed dress, Fall 2012

If I only take away one trend for fall, it’s that red is the “It” color this season — the new black, if you will. Shades of red were everywhere, but burgundy, was specifically the color that appeared at all of the shows.

A great way to incorporate red or burgundy into your wardrobe is in a fit and flare dress, like this dress from YSL (above). This dress, while beautiful, retails for just over $2,000. Yes, $2,000! Or, you could make your own couture dress with Simplicity 1802, a Cynthia Rowley pattern.

Simplicity 1802

With a couple of key pieces like these, you’ll be all set for fall. Now I need to catch up on all my other September issues before the October magazines start arriving!

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