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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

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 see if I could make this redo work. I needed the fronts, back, side panels, sleeves, some pockets, and a collar. When I was more confident that I could squeeze out the pieces I needed, I chopped off the jeans, opened the inseams, and started to lay out my project in earnest.

Cut pair of jeans lying on a gridded cutting mat


Fortunately, my jeans were of the wide-leg variety. One leg became the back with the flat-felled outseam positioned at the center back. The other leg turned…

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  1. [email protected] | | #1

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

    1. jclegg | | #2

      Hello Sewerlibn71,
      Becky posts a new installment to her "Riffs on a Trusted Pattern" series each month. We are really enjoying this series! Check back for her tenth installment on Tuesday, Dec. 20. Thank you.

  2. [email protected] | | #3

    Thanks. Will Becky post the 11th and 12th installment in January and February? I didn't see posts for October and November so that is why I am asking. Thanks! Mary J.

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