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Welcome to the Albion Sewalong & Contest


I’d like to welcome you to the Albion Sewalong… and to our new site,!

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.

Also, be sure to join our brand new Sewalongs Facebook group! There, you can post pictures, ask questions, or help each other out as you sew.

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.

How it works

Our sewalongs are simple. We’ll publish a series of posts detailing each step in the process of fitting and sewing your coat or jacket. You can sew along with us, ask questions, and share your techniques and advice with others.

Feel free to leave comments here on the blog, or join our Sewalongs Facebook group to post thoughts, questions, and photos. We try our best to answer as many questions as possible, but encourage you to jump in and help each other out as well.

What’s covered

Today, we’ll begin with fabric and supplies (reposted from our blog a couple weeks ago).

Next week, we’ll be starting with fitting, covering several of the most common pattern adjustments for both men and women. The first few adjustments could be useful to both, while the following three are common adjustments women might use.

We’ll then move into the basics of construction, taking you through each step. Note that while there are a lot of steps listed in the schedule, many of them are optional adjustments and customizations.

By the end, you’ll have a beautiful coat or jacket that you can enter into our contest for a chance to win a Bernina 380 sewing machine or other prizes.

Scroll down to see the full schedule with dates.

The Albion Companion Guide

One thing we’ve started doing with our most in-depth sewalongs is packaging up all the step-by-step materials along with additional techniques and ideas you might use into a lovely downloadable ebook.


The companion guides are completely optional, and there’s no need to purchase to follow the sewalong. But the companion guide might be a good choice for you if:

  • You want to skip ahead. The sewalong will be posted on a schedule over the course of the month, but having the companion guide gives you access to all the same information and more at once. You can do it at whatever pace you like.
  • You want to flip through instructions on your iPad or tablet. This is one of the things I love best about an ebook format. You can easily flip through the steps page-by-page instead of scrolling, which is a really nice experience while you’re sewing.
  • You want an all-in-one reference. One you download a guide, it’s yours to keep and refer back to for this or other similar projects. The guide contains lots of additional tips and tutorials to reference, all in one place.
  • Head over to the Colette Patterns shop to purchase the Albion Companion guide.


Grab one of these optional buttons for your blog to show your participation, and check out the first post today on supplies, if you haven’t read it. We’ll see you again Monday!

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The Albion Sewalong

  1. Welcome to the Albion Sewalong & Contest (5 Comments)
  2. Gather fabric and supplies (49 Comments)
  3. How to fit and adjust your pattern (17 Comments)
  4. Adjusting for wide or narrow shoulders (5 Comments)
  5. Adjusting for arm or body length
  6. Adjustments for women: Giving waist definition (3 Comments)
  7. Adjustments for women: smaller arms (5 Comments)
  8. Adjustments for women: Full bust
  9. Cutting, Interlining, Interfacing, & Staystitching (8 Comments)
  10. Coat (v1): Creating patch pockets (2 Comments)
  11. Creating the yokes (1 Comment)
  12. In-seam pockets and side seams (10 Comments)
  13. Making the hood (2 Comments)
  14. Customization: drawstring hood (2 Comments)
  15. Creating sleeves (6 Comments)
  16. Coat (v1): Body and sleeve lining (4 Comments)
  17. Installing the center front facing (4 Comments)
  18. Customization: Adding a zipper (3 Comments)
  19. Customization: Add a drawstring waist (4 Comments)
  20. Coat (v1): Installing the lining (4 Comments)
  21. Finishing, hemming, and closures (5 Comments)
  22. Customization: Make your own toggles (3 Comments)
  23. How to enter your finished project into the Albion contest (25 Comments)
  24. Beautiful Albions and the winner of the Bernina 380! (26 Comments)


Dante Ruiz

Sarai, Thank you for this sewalong! This is my first. A friend introduced me to your book a year and a half ago. I am deeply grateful to you for teaching me to sew! I’m serious! I knew nothing and now I am wearing the cloths I make! I LOVE every pattern I have made of yours and I am so excited to do this Albion for my husband. Blessings to you Sarai!

That’s so kind, thank you!


Great job on this new website and thanks for adding the previous sew-alongs!
One question: the first posts of the sew along will be about adjusting the paatern so I guess it´s best to wait before actually cutting out our fabric?


OK, forget my question. Got the Albion companion and got my answer ;-)


So can this be altered for a woman/ myself?
Our granny has just given us her mannequin and although I already do dressmaking, I would love to learn all the proper techniques for fitting and pattern making. Your site looks brill- love the plaid dress:)