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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 sketch of a pullover-style top with striped fabric and a tape measure lying on a gridded worksurface


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, now through June 20, 2022, the patternmaker is offering 15 percent off another pattern: Carpe Diem Dress and Tunic. Be sure to use coupon code TRJBecky for this discount, as well. Stay tuned for other discounts from Fit for Art Patterns throughout this series.

My pullover-style top was inspired by fabric.

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,…

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