Posted on | March 5, 2014 | 4 Comments


Here she is in all her wooly glory! Meet Albion.

The sew along for Albion finished up today and my hubby got home just in time to take these pictures so I could enter it in the sew along contest. First prize is a brand new Bernina sewing machine, so I’m giving it a shot!.

This project took a bit of patience, which if you’ve been following along, you know what I mean. Taking a men’s pattern and converting it into a woman’s is one thing, converting it for a petite woman is another! After all is said and done, I’m pretty happy with my new coat. It’s comfortable, warm (glad I put that lambs wool in), and it fits really well. Success!
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The Details:


Albion by Colette Patterns


Body – Marc Jacobs Wool Coating purchased at Mood
Lining – Cotton Flannel purchased at Beckenstein Fabrics
Interlining – Lambs wool purchased at Steinlauf and Stoller
Buttons – Wood Hand Carved Vintage Buttons


The sleeve was a major undertaking to get correct. I didn’t follow the adjustment method suggested by Colette, I found that the cap height got a little high and the muscle still wasn’t small enough for my taste. Instead I used a slash and spread method along the entire sleeve. I also made the sleeve opening a little larger and the length about 1 1/2″ shorter. No modifications were made to the armhole, I checked my cap to make sure it would still fit in nice and snug.
Small shoulder adjustment.
I added a zipper to keep the cold out, but reversed the directions so it closed the way women’s clothes usually do. I also added elastic loops and huge vintage wood buttons instead of toggles.
I made the shorter version of the jacket that wasn’t supposed to be lined, but I still wanted a lining (there was no saying no to the chance to use plaid!) I drafted a new lining pattern, adding a little extra in the armholes so it would fold over nicely. I also added 3/4″ to the jacket hem so I could bag the lining instead of following the instructions from the pattern.
I added a lambswool interlining to make the coat a little bit warmer. To keep the lining in place, I hand basted everything in place. It was my least favorite part of the project, but the most appreciated when I was kept warm while taking my photos!

Number of Muslins Made: 3

Number of Needles Broken: 1

Number of Times I Stuck Myself with Pins: 183 times

For more photos, check out my Albion set on Flickr.

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  • DebH

    Impressive! Nicely done.

  • hamilton chicklets

    This is beautiful! Love the colour on you!

  • laura

    It’s gorgeous Melissa!

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