Colette Albion….for a lady!

Here’s my Albion Jacket, a pattern from Colette which is designed to be a lined coat or an unlined shorter version.  I followed the instructions to do a narrow shoulder adjustment which meant the pattern is easy to adapt for a lady!  I bought the fabric from Truro Fabrics when I was on holiday in Cornwall last year.  I had 2.5 metres which was just enough to make this.  If I remember rightly it was described on the label as an Irish Twill which has a touch of stretch in it, but not much.

Narrow shoulder adjustment done, and all the pieces cut out and ready to go!


This is the first time I’ve had to make ‘hinges’ on the pattern to make an adjustment.  The instructions in the Albion Companion made it really simple.  I made a one armed muslin first to see how much i needed to take off the shoulders.  It was about 1 1/2 inches.


The front yoke should be stitched to the lower front part of the coat with flat felled seams. I’m not sure if it was my fabric or my technique but after several trial attempts I wasn’t happy with the effect.




I decided to add a trim into the seam of the main fabric.


The pattern was a dream to follow.  Challenging but not difficult.  The unlined version isn’t a quick make as all of the seam are finished off with bias binding.

I made the bias trim to match the pockets. It was bought especially for the job, no stash busting here I’m afraid!


I had a bit of a disaster when I was trimming my seams and accidentally cut a hole near the sleeve head!!


If you’d like to read a little bit more and see how I repaired the hole, head over to my blog……..Thimberlina…..



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