The Tabula Rasa Jacket sewing pattern was our very first Fit for Art Pattern. We have sold thousands of them and offered fittings to those of you who have purchased it at an event or class. Our website is full of inspirational samples, fitting assistance and blog chatter to get everyone sewing. And yet, we know some of you have not had a successful start or have not even opened the pattern or given it a try. Sewing is such a solitary activity and sometimes a little encouragement is needed. We want our customers to sew jackets successfully.
Take a Class
That is why we are offering an online class during the month of March to get you headed into spring, or fall in the southern hemisphere, with some fun Tabula Rasa Jacket sewing.
Follow Along with 4 Weekly Sessions to Sew Jackets
We will begin with a session on picking the right size and making a mock up. Then there is a week to get that started.
The second session will be about fitting the mock up, changing the pattern for an improved fit, cutting out the improved pattern on the chosen fabric and taking the first steps to sew the jacket with shoulder supports.
The third session will be about constructing the signature square armhole, finishing seams, planning for the hems and sewing them in place.
The fourth session will be about adding the kimono band and considering closures. Then I hope Carrie will join me to share some of the design and seasonal possibilities for the Tabula Rasa Jacket.
Bite sized chunks and a completed project are essential to keeping the jacket design and sew process moving forward. If finding a comfortable fit feels like a real challenge, set up a video consultation with me to sort through your concerns. Class members will receive a coupon code for discounted consultations during the weeks of class. We are committed to keeping the online gathering informational for everyone and not one student’s personal fitting session.
Choose Fun Fabric
Last week my studio was turned upside down while choosing fabric for the class samples. The wonderful heavy ivory cotton we recommend for mock ups and include in the Jacket Mock-up and Jacket Starter kits makes such a nice jacket it caused me to consider similar fabrics for the actual jacket I will make myself.
When the studio did not yield anything particularly exciting, SewBatik canvas came to mind. I immediately ordered some for my jacket in two coordinating fabrics. Bruce and Diane of SewBatik are so much help when choosing fabric! While their cottons and rayons also make great TRJs, the canvas seems like a perfect weight for spring in the mid-Atlantic. After ordering it, I realized it has one drawback: it looks the same on both sides and sometimes it is useful to have a clear right and wrong side to fabrics when you are sewing something for the first time.
Perhaps for the demo jacket I will use some light weight denim with a fun French Provencal home decorator print, which I uncovered last week in my studio search, as the accent. It is both the right weight and has a distinct right and wrong side.
So you see, I am sweating the details and not just about fabric choices, but camera angles, effective power point summaries, online extras, coupon codes and demonstration techniques so you will have a terrific experience enjoying the group gatherings and then spending time making these tips, techniques and patterns your own.
Get Ready to Sew Jackets
Just don’t get ahead of yourself. If you have registered for the class, gather your materials and wait for the sizing conversation before choosing a size and getting started on the mock-up. We have figured out the best method so you can have a successful sewing experience. Hope you will join us and SewBattical for a fun virtual experience.
Happy Sewing, RAE