Riffs on a Trusted Pattern: Mary Tyler Moore Pullover-Style Top
It’s another month and time for the next Tabula Rasa Jacket (TRJ) riff. For the first installment, I went pretty much “out of the envelope” with this Fit for Art Patterns design and did the as-drafted banded neckline when making my beach cover-up. For the second installment, I added a center-front opening with a raised neckline and collar for my bowling shirt. For this third iteration, I closed up the front altogether and made a pullover-style top.
A promising remnant
I have had this piece of fabric for a long time. I think it has been moved to at least three different houses and made it through numerous fabric stash culls. It has taken on the preciousness of time.
It was a remnant when I got it. There was less than a yard and never enough for the intended garment when I would pull it out of the cupboard. I thought it might get relegated to “binding” for another fabric. The stripes are horizontal, which is unusual for a woven fabric, and somehow it made me think of Mary Tyler Moore as Laura Petrie in The Dick Van Dyke Show (age broadcast alert). I pictured a ballet neckline and cropped hem with ankle pants and a flipped-up hairdo.
As my mentor, Diane Ericson, says, “What are you saving it for? Use the good stuff.” The fabric’s time had come.
I knew the TRJ panels would be lots of fun using a striped fabric. Because of my wee yardage, having them run in different directions would make the best use of my scant one yard of fabric.
To prepare my pattern, I made a fold at the center front and widened my new raised neckline to accommodate my head without…