Sunday, March 9, 2014

Albion two ways


Hi everyone!

Thank you to all of you for sending me links related to the Overlock situation! We have found and ordered one :) This delay gives me some time to show off the Duffle coats I made for the Colette contest. After my teaser post, it is time for the big reveal!



To summarise, I have made the Albion, version 2, for both Mister Husband and I. In the teaser post, I wrote about the fabric choices and other considerations. Before showing off the results, I just want to talk about the fit because that’s an issue for many of us.

For Mister and I: many sewalongers mentioned that the Albion was very wide. I completely agree. I ended up having to make a second muslin a size smaller for both of us. This is mainly due to the fact that I made Spring/Fall versions. Without the heavy winter lining, the shell has to be smaller while  keeping a lot of ease. In the end, I cut an M for mister, and a L for me. We also both cut the Duffle much shorter because we want to use it for bicycling. I just had to add a couple of specific adjustments:
 - For me: I had to widen the pattern a little bit at the hips. Nothing too hard
 - For Mister: I stitched his nickname on the inside pocket, it was also his Valentine-day present.



And, here is the big reveal! His and hers! Beware, cheesy pictures ahead!







The spring came in early this year so we have already gotten some wear out of them. They are really comfy! The little details such as different toggle closures make a nice difference. It makes the coats look a little bit less matchy.

Some pictures of just Mister. I love the way it looks on him! It is casual but somehow dressy enough. I think that shortening the pattern was a good solution as well. As explained on my previous post, Mister wanted black bias binding and darker toggle patches.









Now, my turn! At the beginning, I was afraid of using a unisex pattern. It could just as well look very boxy/baggy. In the end, I am quite happy. The closures give it a focal point. I used some softer brown for the patches. I also love the idea that my bias binding is made with Liberty fabrics scraps. It makes it quite luxurious!








Here are a few detail shots if you are interested!












I am now going to fill in the form to enter the contest. Do you think that this should be one entry or two separate ones? To me, it feels like it should be only one because it is basically the same fabric… 
Who is participating?

10 comments:

  1. Wow these are gorgeous Laurwyn, well done! I hadn't seen a spring version of it before but it works really well, and I think that size/length is super flattering on you and with that outfit. I think I might have to add this to my sewing list for later this year...

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    1. I was quite afraid of how it would look, but it just worked for some reason. Thanks for your nice words!

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  2. Aww! My Albion was a Valentine's gift as well!

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    1. I think our men are quite lucky ;)

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  3. Wow........ These look amazing, they are gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks Natalie! Now, let's see if the weather will give us some time where we can wear them :)

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  4. Well done! The Albion looks great on both of you. And hurray for Liberty fabric in your coat :o) Enjoy!

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    1. I always keep scraps :) It makes great binding. It's usually those details that make me feel special...

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  5. You did such a wonderful job with both coats, Laurwyn! You both look absolutely smashing in them. Also, that Liberty binding in genius. Such a great detail!

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  6. LOVE the cheesy pictures! :) I think you should make it one entry to maximum the cuteness.

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