Monday, 21 April 2014

My Albion

There are a whole load of Albion's out there and this is mine!

This is more of an experiment than something I was hankering for. I want to make one for my husband, but just wanted to have a run through before tackling it, as it's quite different to my normal makes.

I did play around with this project and kind of made it up as I went along. Nothing was set in stone as far as I was concerned.

I decided that I wanted a Lilac denim, so rather than search for the perfect fabric, I bought some natural coloured heavy weight denim and dyed it myeself at home with a couple of packs of machine dye. This was not the most successful dye job and is patchy and uneven all over, but I don't care. You can't really see how uneven the colour is in the pictures, but trust me, it is! I think that pre-washing was my mistake funnily enough, as the denim creased badly once wet and picked up more colour in those areas.

Now, yellow and lilac is a colour combination that makes my mouth water. I absolutely love it! I was originally intending to line the jacket with a yellow cotton, use a yellow zip and topstitch the whole thing in yellow. This all got scrapped apart from the topstitching when I realised I might look like a childrens TV presenter! Although, now I'm starting to think it could've worked...

Soooo, after ordering the perfect yellow zip, I had to then seek out my next fave, a perfect turquoise zip. In the mean time the yellow one has joined my ever growing zip stash (maybe husband will fancy a yellow zip!).

After making a toile the changes I made to the pattern were to lop 6cms off the bottom hem and the sleeve length and scrap the pocket placements. I shaped the pockets and positioned them on the jacket just before finishing the hem. Oh yes, I also guessed the CF of the jacket and cut off the excess flap so that I could insert a central zip sans flap. I'm not sure why, but alot of indie patterns do not contain a CF reference on the pattern, which is actually quite useful, but this is only a minor gripe.

 I like to roll up my sleeves on most of my coats and this jacket is no exception!

The lining came to me as a flash of inspiration from god knows where! I was literally sitting on the floor of my sewing room trying to decide on a lining and  out of nowhere came this ticking stripe scrap, which has been in my stash for at least 10 years. Not only that, but I somehow made a magical connection with this printed cotton. As there was not enough fabric of either to do a whole lining this worked perfectly. I did not want to abandon the yellow altogether, so did a flat piping detail between the yoke and the main body. I have to say that this is the most attractive lining I have ever sewed and check out my label!

I should probably take more detailed shots to show off a bit more, but I am over this project now. Ignore any dodgy top-stitching!!!!