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Harris Tweed Albion

Harris Tweed Albion
Harris Tweed Albion
Harris Tweed Albion
Harris Tweed Albion
Harris Tweed Albion
Harris Tweed Albion

Dave made this coat! It’s the Colette Albion pattern. It’s his second attempt after the stripy jacket he made in the summer. That was more of a practice run, this is the real thing!

The fabric he used is red and white herringbone Harris tweed. He’d decided he wanted a red herringbone, and it just so turned out the only he could find was Harris tweed. Trust him to sniff out the most expensive option. Anyway, it’s lovely and he used his birthday money so it was a treat.

He ended up buying 4 metres of it as per pattern envelope (4 1/8 yards, which is actusally slightly more than 4 metres!). He actually had close to 2 metres left, how ridiculous is that! 2.5 metres would have been plenty, considering it was bought online and hence only avilable in 0.5 metre increments! That’s £52.50 he didn’t need to spend! I posted about this on instagram and Sarai from Colette Patterns responded, I can’t get to the whole comment on instagram online, but here’s most of it:

“I actually wrote a post a long time ago about this topic! One of the reasons fabric requirements aren’t always spot on is that it would be necessary to provide different layouts for every size, which makes things very complicated. Also, fabric widths vary, and a difference of just a few centimeters in width can totally change your [that’s where it’s cut off]”.

I do appreciate her responding, but pretty much 100% over what was actually needed is not just ‘not spot on’, is it? Anyway, at least there’s enough left to do something decent with. Could even get a jacket for me out of it probably, though matching fabrics might make us look slightly insane. We’ll figure something out.

The lining fabric is also wool, thinner and probably more of a wool mix. I think I got it off Debi in a swap years ago? We used some of it already to reupholster Milo’s chair, which it appears I’ve never actually blogged the finished result of. Oops! You can see it pre-upholstery here.

Dave made most of of the coat over the Christmas break, but only just finished it because he couldn’t find buttons that were exactly what he was after. Actually the elastic used to hold on the toggles which is fraying slightly, which is one one the couple of things that’s not quite right (which is not at all to diminish the amazingness of making such a lovely coat). The other one is the hem at the bottom. It pulls in at the bottom you can sort of see it in the second to last picture. We can’t figure out exactly what’s wrong, any sewers have any ideas?

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  • knitlass 16 February 2015, 1:04 pm

    What a fab coat! Love the Harris tweed. Looks pretty accomplished – have you got Dave’s name down for the next GB sewing bee ;-).

    I’ve no idea about the hem, but I do have a suggestion about the toggle elastic. Could he use hair bobbles/bands instead? He could attach them in the same way, but wouldn’t have any cut ends to fray/get annoying?

    Red is a school uniform colour, so you should easily be able to buy red hair accessories from somewhere (supermarket maybe?)
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    • Franca 19 February 2015, 2:35 pm

      Thanks for the tip, have shown Dave the comments! He also says thanks!

  • louise 16 February 2015, 7:53 pm

    Great job on the coat Dave! I have a suggestion or two re hem… it looks to me like it might be a combination of bulk and tight machine stitching. If you have the heart to unpick it you could unfold the hem, repress the inside fold – to get a really good press on wool you want to use lots of steam to relax the fibres and then a good amount of pressure of flatten it – if you have the same amount of fabric folded to the inside of the hem you can trim some of that away so you leave say 1cm turned to inside and then invisibly handstitch the hem to coat by only picking up some of the coat threads on every stitch. If comment isn’t clear feel free to shoot me an email…
    You should wear it out and about & see how much it bothers you first though!!
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    • Franca 19 February 2015, 2:35 pm

      !hat’s really useful advice thanks, have passed it on to Dave

  • Nessa hux 16 February 2015, 9:56 pm

    So impressed! Great work there Dave, and lucky you with the Harris Tweed!
    A skirt for Franca and a waistcoat for Milo with the left overs perhaps?
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    • Franca 19 February 2015, 2:36 pm

      I am going to put my opinion behind a coat for Milo, I just need to persuade Dave! But if not, definitely a skirt for me. It’s such lovely material!

  • Kate Kumaria 17 February 2015, 5:12 am

    Could it be hemmed slightly off-grain? It’s such a gorgeous coat, I’d be inclined to unpick the hem and redo it.
    What about a coat for Milo? Big, so he’d get two years out of it. He and Dave would look adorable matching!

    • Franca 19 February 2015, 2:38 pm

      I’m all for a coat for Milo!

  • Jessica 17 February 2015, 6:50 am

    Amazing coat! You could use leather thong for the toggles, maybe. You might find red in a bead shop? Or red cotton bootlaces, the cylindrical kind?

    • Franca 19 February 2015, 2:38 pm

      Bead shop is a great idea!