I made this Albion coat from Colette Patterns for my baby, Daniel, who happens to have just turned 25, is a third year medical student and how has been married for two years. Doesn't sound like much of a baby, huh? Well, he will always be mine! Daniel simply is not a big guy and due to some health issues, he can't eat much so he most likely will never be much bigger than he is now. I think he always looks cold so momma came to the rescue with a wool duffle coat in a cozy brown wool.
"Invest some time in Albion to create a classic duffle style coat (version 1) or jacket (version 2). Each version features toggle closures, tailored two-piece sleeves, yoke details, and a stylish three-piece hood.
Version 1 is a mid-thigh length coat with patch pockets, in-seam pockets, a detachable hood tab, and flannel lining. Version 2 is a hip-length unlined jacket with a combination of felled and bound seams, in-seam pockets, and interior pockets.
Albion is a versatile, simple shape that transitions easily from menswear to women’s wear."
I made version 1 in a small. I will also add that it fit me perfectly though the shoulders and bust, so one of these may be in my future as well!
I wish I would have added a flannel as the lining but I didn't think about it until I was completely finished. Maybe next time!
I made a muslin since I don't use many Collette patterns and wanted to make sure it fit great before cutting into the wool. The fit was spot on, with zero alterations. I LOVE it when that happens!
I had barely enough wool to create this so I used some clever layout to get all the pieces on and had about a 12"X 12" chunk left over--whew!
The directions are logical and well thought out and I followed them while making this coat and lining.
I did decide to 'enhance' the coat with a few what I call upgrades. Here are those!
1. Interface the tabs and the pocket flaps
2. Stitched the neckline with a 5/8" seam rather than the 3/8" called for in the directions. I thought it was a bit strange that the directions have you staystitch at 5/8" but the finished seam is 3/8", I didn't want to rip out the staystitching, so I just stitched a deeper seam allowance.
3. I interfaced the hems with fusible interfacing so they had just a bit of body and would hold a nice crease. The interfacing worked beautifully.
I also made my own toggles. Had I purchased toggles at Hancock's, it would have cost me $30 and that was more than my fabric! Did I fail to mention that both fabrics were on clearance and I picked them up last year at the end of the season? The coating was $6 a yard and the lining $1 a yard. Both were very nice quality as well! To make the toggles, I purchased suede elbow patches and cut them into my desired shapes. I found brown leather strips (for lack of a better word) and wooden buttons. Making the toggles took about 15 minutes and I think they look just a good as the purchased ones but at the fraction of the cost.
Daniel loves his coat. He looks great in it and I hope it will keep him nice and warm this winter!
Thanks for reading!