I expect this to be the penultimate post about Albion. I think I've spent more time thinking about this coat and reading about other people's Albions than I've spent sewing my own.
So as I type I have the shell complete and am working on the lining. Have a look at this. I'm going to be really annoying and not give it all away. Just wait til the dramatic reveal yo.
So above is the inside, pre-lining, pre-hood and pre-shoulder pads (!). I've gone a bit cray-cray with the interfacing. As recommended by Grainline Studio I have interfaced under the arms, behind pockets and the hem. I also opted to interface the entire front and back yokes as they were cut on the bias and I was worried about stretch. The fabric (erm, blanket) I used has a lot less integrity than I initially thought (read: it's kinda stretchy) so I'm trying to mitigate any serious misshaping before it happens. I also only cut one layer for the back yoke as I was worried it would be too much bulk for my poor little machine to handle.
Oh and it's pretty heavy! I was a bit lazy so I didn't staystitch the neckline, thinking the interfacing would negate the need for it, but the weight of the coat ripppped the interfacing - that's why there's a double layer of interfacing up there and some 11th hour staystitching.
The shoulder before shoulder pads before... and after below! What a difference eh? I also flat felled the front seam of the sleeves. I'm not sure if I should have done the back seam instead? I saw someone else do it this way and liked it so anyway.
And a bit of a peek inside. Shoulder pads (!). I inserted them according to this tutorial, even though I think the ones I have are more of a raglan style?? Or something. I also wasn't happy with the 3/8" seam to join the hood so increased it to 5/8".
I'm really loving the lining. Chevrons are so hot right now, and they kind of echo the stripes in the fabric/blanket (I think). Now I just need to finish and install the lining and zip, make my own toggle anchor things and add buttons to the sleeve tabs. Do-able in one weekend?
I think this is going to be an awesomely cheerful coat and I am really excited to finish and wear it :)
Check out all of my alibon posts (lol all 2 of em).