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Jacket Making Adventures

There is so much Tabula Rasa Jacket energy right now.  We hope you are feeling it too. We have sent printed patterns and digital pattern files all over the world.  Our booth at the expo was full of new friends having jacket sizings and members of our sewing community getting new ideas, purchasing new variation patterns and some even picked up a vintage tie kit for crafting a Tabula Rasa Jacket decorated with neckties.

Vintage Tie Vest - back
Vintage Tie Vest -Very artful for my mother-in-law.

Here is some sage advice, with links to archived blog posts, and some answers to frequently asked jacket sewing questions.  We hope to inspire all of our new and valued jacket making friends.  If you are interested in a TRJ with some necktie accents, click through to Old Ties – Warm Memories for tips on incorporating vintage ties into a new project. 

Advice for New TRJ Stitchers

For sewists just getting started with our pattern, click through to Making a Mock Up for the Tabula Rasa Jacket.  It will guide you through this essential process to check the fit and learn the square armhole construction.

Make a marked mock up

If you were not sized at the Expo, visit page 2 of the pattern’s direction booklet for assistance choosing a size.  Remember, if you are taking advantage of the CD front (for gals with a fuller bust) or the Flared Side (for gals with a narrow top and wider hips) you might be able to go down one size since your proportions are accommodated with these alternate pattern pieces.

For gals taking advantage of the CD front, be sure to mark and then stitch in both darts.  They allow for the best fit and keep all the jacket pieces aligned properly during construction.

A beautifully fitting TRJ back from our Alexandria class.

Once the jacket mock up is made, try it on and observe the Grainlines and Horizontal Balance Lines as you are wearing the mock up.  They should be parallel and perpendicular to the floor.  The Common Fitting Adjustments will help you determine what adjustments are needed if the lines are askew or the jacket is too small or too large.  There are videos that illustrate the pattern changes needed for most common fitting changes.

Keep Making Jackets

After the fit process is complete, make a wearable mock up.  Click through and read The Tabula Rasa Jacket Journey for ideas and Hems for Unlined Jackets so your TRJ will have polished finishes.  Our photo gallery is also full of jacket inspiration for every season and occasion.

For our friends in the southern hemisphere, read A Colorful Summer Jacket and Hot Summer Sewing for basic spring and summer jacket inspiration.

Try New Techniques or Materials

After you have crafted a jacket or two, consider participating in an Advanced Jacket Class or a retreat. October 15 and 29 we have an advanced class at Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria, VA.  If this is not convenient to you, consider having a local guild or store host us for such a class.

Quilted Jacket Trio

Wishing for the currently fashionable “Shacket”? Try our Shirt Variation Pattern to change up the look of your altered TRJ. In Styling with Style Maker Fabric, Carrie made a fabulous heavy flannel shirt using this trusted combination. StyleMaker Fabrics has a number of beautiful plaids in their fall collection if you don’t have some in your stash.

Flannel Shirt Jacket before buttons.

Be inspired by clicking through to see the quilted jackets in Simple to Simply Amazing.  And as a bonus, here are three jackets I used in the Sew Clothes that Scratch your Creative Itch class on Saturday at the OSQE

They show how a simple jacket can lead to a slightly more complicated jacket, and then to a wearable art jacket.

Happy Sewing, RAE

2 thoughts on “Jacket Making Adventures

  1. One of these days I’m going to Baltimore for a jacket fitting, unless you have an event near me in Western NC (near Asheville). All of the jackets here are beautiful! I’m salivating!

    1. We’d love to come to Asheville! Do you have a sewing group, ASG Chapter, or local sewing/fabric shop that might like to host us?

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