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Riffs on a Trusted Pattern: A Swingin’ Sundress

It’s Month 8 of my yearlong Tabula Rasa Jacket challenge. I’m writing this on a dreary day in August. But August is supposed to be sundress month. That was the plan when I decided to make a linen wrap sundress version of the Fit for Art Patterns Tabula Rasa Jacket (TRJ).


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 November 15, 2022, the patternmaker is offering 15 percent off the Carpe Diem Dress & Tunic. Be sure to also use coupon code TRJBecky for this additional discount. Stay tuned for other discounts from Fit for Art Patterns throughout this series.

Inspired by decorator fabric

As many of you may know, I get an urge every so often to “upholster” myself. I love nosing around in the decorator fabrics and usually find something that would be a lovely garment. The fabric for my sundress project was one of those finds. I’m not sure when it made its way into my stash, but when I came across it the wheels started to turn. It’s a fairly heavy linen with an amusing, summery print of Victorian-era folks picnicking and swinging, which I couldn’t resist.

TRJ Pattern with sketches

Swingin’ sundress pattern and layout

I started this project with the sleeveless top I made earlier. I figured I could extend the side panels to create the wrap and add an A-line skirt to the waist. Adding pockets to the TRJ works well because the side panel seams are just a bit forward, placing in-seam pockets in an accessible position. With my new pattern pieces drafted, I began the tricky puzzle of laying them out on the…

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