Rain or Shine Variations for the Tabula Rasa Jacket


Patterns and instructions for converting your Tabula Rasa Jacket into a jacket or shirt with a center front closure.  Choose a funnel or jewel neckline and close it with a zipper or buttons and loops.  Add an optional hood or collar and interior or exterior pockets.  Super for creating a raincoat, hoodie, blouse and a whole lot more!  See our samples in the photo gallery. Includes sizes XS-3XL.  Select print or digital format.

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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 requires 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 and if you are extending the jacket length.

About Digital Patterns

Digital patterns are in PDF format and may be downloaded on your computer or mobile device. Each digital pattern may be downloaded three times only, so please save your files in a safe place after downloading.  Be sure you have created an account on our website so you will be able to access the pattern to download in the future.  All digital patterns include a file with the instruction book for your patterns which includes information on design, fabrication and construction and a zip file containing:

  • Directions for how to print your digital pattern,
  • A large format pattern that can be taken to a copy shop to print,
  • An A0 format pattern that can be taken to a copy shop to print, and
  • A tiled pattern that can be printed at home on U.S. letter sized paper or A4 paper.

For more information on digital patterns, please visit our Digital Patterns FAQ page.


Additional information

Weight .2 lbs
Dimensions 8.5 × 5.5 × .2 in

Digital, Print


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