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Albion at the Oregon Coast


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Today, Kristen is sharing the Albion she made for her husband. Check out her customizations along with some gorgeous ocean views! -Sarai


Last weekend, my husband and I took a trip to the Oregon coast to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. It was the perfect little getaway full of relaxation, beautiful panoramic ocean views, and just a touch of adventure.

I think the Oregon coast is one of the most beautiful places in the world. I always look forward to the few times a year we drive to visit the lush, foggy forests, lava-strewn beaches, and dramatic sea-side cliffs.


The day before we left for our trip I managed to put the finishing touches on the Albion jacket I had been working on for Alex for awhile. If you’ve purchased the Albion Companion Book you may recognize this jacket as the one I made for one of the step-by-step guides. Shortly after completing the book I let the jacket sit around for awhile before I added some handmade toggles.


I’m glad I was a little slow though; I think it made a perfect anniversary gift.



To our surprise, the weather was about 50 degrees and sunny all weekend. We couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather in Oregon in February.


Alex reported that the cotton twill jacket was the perfect weight for the slightly chilly day.



The jacket includes several customizations including a zipper, handmade toggles, a drawstring at the waist, as well as a drawstring in the hood.



If you want to make your own jacket, don’t forget that there is still time to get in on the Albion sew-a-long over at our new Sewalongs site!

Kris Blackmore   —   Designer

Kris is the designer at Colette, and also writes and illustrates our sewing patterns. A graduate of The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM), this Texas native worked for a variety of companies in the fashion industry before joining Colette in 2013. On our blog, Kris helps solve your wardrobe woes through the Wardrobe Architect series she writes.

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Beautifull pictures, make me dream away


Wow, what a stunning place.


Makes me homesick for Oregon. :) Great job on the jacket, what a thoughtful gift.


I love your photos. Congrats on the anniversary! This is great inspiration for me to make an Albion for my fiance, he has also requested a cooper bag :)


Wow, I had no idea that Oregon was so picturesque.


I’m probably biased, but I honestly think Oregon is one of the most beautiful places in the world! We’ve got it all! Forests, oceans, desserts, and lots and lots of waterfalls. I feel so lucky to live here.


Lovely! And Happy Anniversary!


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Your coat come out beautifully; I hope I can do half as well when I take a crack at one. I’m so envious of 50 degree weather in February. Thanks for sharing your lovely photos.


Beautiful Albion. I can’t think of a better place to show it off. I’ve also spent a few anniversaries at the Oregon Coast. We are so lucky to live in such a diverse and gorgeous state! Congratulations to you two!


His coat turned out great!
Beautiful photos & am curious if some of your photos are from Seal Rock?
So glad you lucked out on such amazing weather for your getaway. Happy Anniversary to you both.


Thank you!

Yup! We stopped at Seal Rock on our drive south to Yachats. It was one of the highlights of the trip for me!


Nice job, foggy color. I thought you might take that Albion jacket to Albion, California. I think the coast there is close to the same, maybe a bit rougher. Here’s to many more anniversaries and Albions.

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