This package contains patterns and instructions for Rain or Shine Variations for the Tabula Rasa Jacket in sizes XS-3XL. Pattern includes templates to transform your jacket front to a center front closure with either a jewel or funnel neckline style. It also includes pattern pieces for front and back facings for both neckline styles, lining, inseam pocket, external sweatshirt style pocket, hood, collar, and loops. This package does not include patterns for the front back, side and sleeve. Please refer to your original Tabula Rasa Jacket pattern for those pieces and size information. The instruction book also includes design tips for choosing fabric, interfacing and zippers, and detailed instructions for adding a pleated or swing back, making a reversible jacket, making the hood detachable, adding a lining, and working with water resistant fabrics.
SUGGESTED FABRICS Rain or Shine Variations are appropriate for a wide variety of fabrics. A center front jacket or shirt can be made from any garment fabric, ranging from silk and cotton to denim and wool. For a zipper front overcoat, consider water resistant or upholstery weight fabrics. Create a “hoodie” with stable knits, fleece or sweatshirt fabric. Possible notions for the front closure include separating zippers, buttons, and loops made from the fabric, cord, ribbon or other trim. See also our page with Rain or Shine Variation Resources for some online sources for performance fabrics and laminated print cottons.
FABRIC REQUIREMENTS A Rain or Shine Variation may require more fabric than a basic jacket because of the facings, especially if you are using fabric that is 44-45” wide. You will also need at least an additional ½ yard of fabric if you are adding an optional hood or pleated or swing back or if you are extending the jacket length.