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Riffs on a Trusted Pattern: A Jeans Jacket in Linen

In Michigan, Labor Day signals the end of summer. It could be 90 degrees and dripping with humidity, but it’s the last summer weekend. This past year, it was cool, a bit rainy, and feeling fall-ish. The weather had me thinking about more transitional garments and, probably the most versatile garment ever made is the oldie-but-goody jeans jacket. That stalwart of many wardrobes was the inspiration for my ninth riff on the Fit for Art Patterns Tabula Rasa Jacket (TRJ).

Fit for Art Pattern Tabula Rasa Jacket envelope, black jeans and scissors on a gridded cutting mat


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 December 20, 2022, the patternmaker is offering 15 percent off Jean Jacket Variations for the Tabula Rasa Jacket. 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.

Solving a fabric shortage

I started, as I usually do, by scrounging around in my fabric stash. I found a large scrap, maybe 1/2 yard, of a heavyweight linen that was leftover from a pair of jeans I made in 2021. There wasn’t enough for my desired jacket, so I kept searching. I found one or two other contenders, but kept looking longingly at the black linen. After a few more unsuccessful passes at the stash, I wandered around the Web to see if I could find the same fabric again and, at that point, it occurred to me that I had only ever worn the jeans one time. I obviously never picked them. Hmmm, this project was turning into a remake as well as a TRJ riff.

Pattern layout

I pulled out the jeans and started arranging my pattern pieces to…

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  1. maryej | | #1

    When will we be able to read your next installment? Hope nothing is wrong.

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