But this isn't an advertisement for Bend. This is about my sewing.
So, I present to you my Albion Family!
I decided to make all of us matching Albion coats to wear on our rural property and also out hiking and backpacking.
Here is my husband, for whom I made version 1 with a lining.
Do you see the black "US" stamp on the back of the coat? That is because I repurposed thrifted waxed canvas from an army surplus store. This fabric was originally army pup tents. I cut it all apart and refashioned it into coats for us.
For my husband's coat, I made version 1, but I omitted the hood and drafted a collar instead. For the lining I used thrifted military surplus wool. It's very warm and also pretty heavy.
Taking inspiration from a waxed canvas coat my husband already had, I added a weather flap and a zipper closure. This will keep out any driving rain and wind.
For the patch front pockets, I added snaps to keep the flap closed and rivets to the corners to strengthen them. My husband can be pretty hard on clothing.
Here is the inside of the coat showing the zipper I added and the wool surplus blanket lining.
The toggle closures were a project in and of themselves. The are handmade from white-tail deer antlers hunted here in Central Oregon. White-tail deer a great and sustainable source of lean, organic protein and we love venison. My husband helped me cut them into toggle shapes and also thin cross-sections for the buttons. I sanded and stained them with some wood stain to give them a little better color.
Here we are on one of our favorite trails in the Deschutes National Forest.
The Albion is a great coat for work around our property. Bend is a desert and while sunny a beautiful a lot of the time, it gets pretty darn cold in the mornings even late in the spring and early summer. Wood heat is a great and cozy way to stay warm on the cold mornings and nights.
The Albion is a fantastic pattern and perfect for our lifestyle. This coat is going to get tons of wear!