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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