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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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: