I’d like to welcome you to the Albion Sewalong… and to our new site, Sewalongs.com!
For the next month, we’ll be walking you through the process of creating either the Albion duffle coat (version 1) or the unlined jacket (version 2). To get started, you’ll need a copy of the Albion pattern from Colette Patterns.
We also have a companion guide available for this sewalong. Our companion guides take all of the step-by-step information from our sewalongs, plus extra tips and techniques, and combine them into one beautiful little ebook. It’s a great choice if you want to step ahead of the sewalong, or want to have a book to refer back to in the future.
Albion is a simple, easy-to-fit duffle coat or jacket, suitable for both men and women. It provides a great introduction into the world of outerwear sewing, with both a lined and unlined version available. We’ll walk you through every step in the construction, along with extra customization options that you can try.
This is an adjustment that’s useful for both men and women. If you’re a woman (or making Albion for a woman), adjusting the shoulders will give you a more fitted, less boxy look. This is also a great technique for men with broad or slight shoulders.
If you’re making the coat version of Albion, today we’ll be focused on creating and applying the outer patch pockets. Even if you’re making the jacket, you could still add these as a customization if you like.
There are two different techniques we’ll use to construct the yokes, one for the coat and one for the jacket. We’ll cover both of them today in this post. The jacket yoke construction will have a clean finish, even without a lining.
The next step in construction is creating the in-seam pockets and sewing the side seams. Both versions have in-seam pockets, with the jacket’s pockets cleverly constructed to form roomy interior pockets as well.
Create the hood for your jacket and coat today. This hood is sewn in three pieces for a great fit. For the jacket, we’ll walk through the process of using flat-felled seams to achieve a professional look inside and out.
We’re wrapping up our sewalong with the final steps: finishing, hemming, and closures. We’ll finish up all the little leftover details and get our toggles installed so you can start wearing your new coat.