I have been working on my Albion coat for about three weeks. I found that on the first sitting, I got a good deal through the pattern. I only needed some fitting fixes and attaching the lining and doing the buttonholes. I put the coat down for a few days and that turned into a few weeks. I was so afraid this would become an unfinished project. The Albion sew-along (there are some amazing sewists with unbelievable style on the Facebook page) and the recent milder temperatures, spurred me to return to this project. (When I started this project it was -19'C but it felt like -30'C with the wind chill...today it is a tropical 4'C.)
I didn't finish in time to enter it in the sew-along contest. I don't care. I feel so good about finishing this coat and having a spring/fall coat that I can actually wear, that I think that is better than any prize in the sew-along. Good luck to all the entrants who finished on time.
Now the details of my coat:
|Faux Suede outer fabric - which is a bit stiff but will loosen with repeated washings - and recycled cotton bedsheets. This is a fall/spring jacket - not a winter jacket or I would have chosen heavier lining fabric.|
|I choose predictable buttons because I just couldn't find the bright red ones I had envisioned.|
|I need to add Velcro to the pocket flaps, I don't like the way they flap up. I considered buttons but I think they would get in the way of me actually using the pockets.|
|I aslo put in side seam pockets. The pockets for this pattern have huge square pockets that I wanted to cut down. Then I figured "why not?" and I am so glad I kept the large pockets. They just make this jacket more useful.|
|Added a pocket in the lining that you may not be able to tell here - I just wanted the secret inner pocket in case I ever need one.|