Saturday, March 8, 2014

Albion Family-Claire

For my daughter's Albion I had to actually draft my own pattern!  I've never done this before so it was very nerve-wracking.  I used the smallest size Albion pattern and then, by hand, scaled it way, way down using a coat she already has as a size guide.  Since the Albion coat has straight side seams, the whole process was a bit simpler, but it still took quite a bit of engineering.



I thought it would be fun to add some color to her coat since the olive drab military surplus canvas looked a bit boyish so found a bright lining and hot pink piping.  The lining is a quilting cotton print.  I also rounded the patch pockets because I thought it looked a bit more feminine.  



My little one gets the same handmade white tail deer antlers that her Daddy hunted for dinner.  She doesn't have quite enough teeth for venison yet, but soon!



Plenty of room to grow in this coat and that means more time for adventures in the beautiful Oregon outdoors!

7 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness!! I can't believe you made three matching Albion coats! Not only did you make three versions, but you drafted a mini version, repurposed an army tent and made the buttons and toggles from deer antlers?! Holy cow! I am in awe. What a great practical item, yet so nice that you can individualize it with fun linings, pockets and binding. I especially love the hot pink piping on your little one's version. And our daughters share a name, by the way-- baby Jane is just a blog name :)

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    1. Thank you, Liza Jane for your sweet comments! I always thought perhaps baby Jane was a blog name, but I never suspected she shared a name with my little one! Amazing! Great minds, you know! Your little girl is just a doll, by the way. So super cute and looking more like you each day!

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  2. this is the cutest thing ever, I LOVE the piping! Great job!

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    1. Thank you so much for the compliment! I appreciate you stopping by.

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  3. You did such a great job! It is perfectly adorable.

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    1. Thanks, Corey! I had fun with this one!

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  4. Dear Jane, you did a beautiful job! and 3 coats at once, I'm very impressed. I am about sewing one for my husband but now I also would to make one for my son and one for me :) Long way ahead of me. Would you happen by any chance to have a scanned version of your daughter's pattern? I don't feel very confident in scaling the adult one down like you did, I'm still a beginner. Thanks a lot ! By the way, you make me want to come and visit this part of Oregon. We used to live for 10 years in Vancouver BC but we only saw the coast!

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