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Riffs on a Trusted Pattern: The Beach Cover-up

I am off on another sewing adventure. In 2021, I challenged myself to make a white shirt each month. In 2022, I have started each monthly project with the same pattern. Never underestimate the power of a TNT (tried-and-true) pattern. In this challenge, I am exploring that idea and testing my creativity to see how many variations I can come up with. It sounds great right now, but it’s early. Let’s hope it still sounds fun later in the year.

Selected TNT pattern

I will be using the Fit for Art Tabula Rasa Jacket pattern (which I am calling TRJ) as my starting point. I have been making this pattern for a while, and it is definitely one of my trusted patterns.

Fit for Art Tabula Rasa Jacket, Becky's trusted pattern

PATTERN SPECIAL: Fit for Art Patterns is offering the Tabula Rasa Jacket at a 15 percent discount when you use the coupon code TRJBecky at checkout, as Becky continues her Riffs on a Trusted Pattern adventure throughout 2022. Plus, during March 2022 only, the patternmaker is offering 15 percent off two more digital patterns: Band Variations and Pocket Variations for the Tabula Rasa Jacket. Be sure to use coupon code TRJBecky for the March discounts, as well. Stay tuned for other discounts from Fit for Art Patterns throughout this series.

I hadn’t made the Tabula Rasa Jacket “straight up” in a long time, so for this first version, I thought I would make it right out of the envelope—with a few minor fitting adjustments.

After tracing the basic pattern pieces onto tissue paper, I made a bedsheet mock-up, also called a muslin or toile, to check the fit. Here is what I discovered:

•. I needed more room for my broad shoulders.

•. I didn’t need a bust dart.

•. I wanted a bit of flare in the side panel but…

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  1. user-7580888 | | #1

    "and small dogs"😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂. I understand pattern making. I am no expert at all, lacking confidence.. but this was a delight to watch.. just like magic and with such confidence.. I am off to 'hack' a pattern.. to hack without hacking..😂😂😂😂 Thank you

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      aprongirl | | #2

      Absolutely wonderful. Looking forward to your #2!

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      BeckyF | | #8

      Hack with abandon! Isn't that why we sew in the first place...to be able to make whatever we want, the way we want it?! Go for it!

      1. user-7580888 | | #10


  2. Vivf | | #3

    I just bought this pattern at the recent sewing expo in Atlanta. I am looking forward to getting creative with it and will follow your progress here. Love the use of the towels with the fringe!

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      BeckyF | | #6

      I thought I might have to get rid of the 'wrist' fringe...I thought it might be annoying to wear. But so far so good. I think you will like working with the pattern...I am of coursed biased on this one.

  3. ShirleyML | | #4

    Very cute!!

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      BeckyF | | #7

      Thank you. It was fun to make as well.

  4. DannyLo | | #5

    What a fun idea. Your finished garment is beautifully made. The stripe matching is so impressive. I also cannot wait for number two!

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      BeckyF | | #9

      Thank you for noticing my stripes. Only another sewist would understand the fussing around that takes!

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