Tabula Rasa Jacket

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(3 customer reviews)


Versatile hip length jacket with square armhole and kimono band.  Pattern includes fitting options for bust and hips to facilitate fitting process.  Simple design lines and construction make it great for wearable art!  Consult size chart on pattern’s back cover (below) to select appropriate size group.

SKU: J-001 Category:


The Tabula Rasa Jacket is a hip length jacket with a natural shoulder line and square armhole.  The pattern allows the sewer to customize the fit with a choice between AB and CD cup fronts and between a straight and flared side panel.  The jacket is finished with a kimono-style band that can be left open or secured with closures.

Detailed instructions aid the sewer in making additional fitting adjustments, if needed, on a mock-up and transferring those adjustments to the paper pattern.  Additional fitting help is available on our Jacket Help page and in our dowloadable fitting guide, Common Fitting Adjustments for the Tabula Rasa Jacket.  The instruction book includes design tips and inspiration for creating your unique artful jacket.  Once fitted, this versatile pattern can be used to make jackets in all kinds of fabrics for all seasons and all occasions.  Please view our Photo Gallery to be inspired by a variety of Tabula Rasa Jackets!

Available in sizes XS-L, L-3XL, or All sizes.  Please see size chart and fabric requirement chart on the back cover (below).

After you have the pattern fitted to your satisfaction, change up the look of your next TRJ with our variations for the Tabula Rasa Jacket including Rain or Shine VariationsSleeve and Cuff Variations, Swing Variations, Band Variations and Pockets and Shirt Variations.  More variations are in the works, so be sure to check back to our website.

Tabula Rasa Jacket back cover

Tabula Rasa Jacket back cover

Additional information

Weight .2 lbs
Dimensions 11 x 8 x .24 in

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3 reviews for Tabula Rasa Jacket

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    TC Ferrito

    Love the TRJ! If you are a fabric collector and buy coordinating prints, this is the jacket for you. You can mix the prints together and not look like you are wearing a quilt. It will showcase your beautiful fabrics and still look workplace appropriate. I have made it in cotton, linen and wool, lined and unlined. I see a lot more fabrics in my stash that will work with this pattern. The sleeve construction in brilliant and makes the jacket process so much faster and simpler, without sacrificing fit. I have all the add- on patterns and have used different sleeves and pockets. All have great instructions and look good. I am working on a new TRJ with boiled wool right now using the workbook Tips for Handwoven Fabrics. You really have to try this pattern to see how wonderful it is. I wear jackets a lot and this is very versatile. It can be tailored or sporty, casual or fancy, depending on the fabric and options you choose.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Judi Short (verified owner)

    Love this jacket! I have just made one so far in a poly jacquard that looks almost like silk. I still have adjustments to make in the fit, the muslin doesn’t hang the same as “real” fabric. I see lots of possibilities when I look at what I have in my stash. I have a machine felting attachment for my Bernina and can’t wait to try some felted designs on boiled wool. I find myself looking at the catalogs that come in the mail with a different eye, as they all give me ideas for different ways to make this jacket and embellish it. Fun!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rusty Gordon

    I tried on a sample at the Cleveland IX Center and was so excited because I had an opportunity to have someone fit me! I took home the correct size with the adjustments. I have made my sample with adjustments and I am know ready to go!! I love jackets, but because I have gotten older and just could not find a correct fit. Now I will be using the wonderful fabrics in my stash.

    • Carrie Emerson (verified owner)

      So happy to hear that Rusty! We’d love to see photos of your TRJs.

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