The Tabula Rasa Jacket is a hip length jacket with a natural shoulder line and square armhole in sizes XS-3XL. 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, in our dowloadable fitting guide, Common Fitting Adjustments for the Tabula Rasa Jacket, and in Video Tutorials. 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!
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 Jean Jacket Variations, Rain or Shine Variations, Sleeve and Cuff Variations, Swing Variations, Band Variations, Pocket Variations and Shirt Variations. More variations are in the works, so be sure to check back to our website.
It is always helpful to have the right interfacing on hand when you are in the middle of a sewing project! Try our four favorite fusible interfacings by ordering an Interfacing Sampler in white or black or ordering your favorites by the yard.
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 five files:
- 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
- A tiled pattern that can be printed at home on U.S. letter sized paper or A4 paper
- The instruction book for your patterns which includes information on design, fabrication and construction.
For more information on digital patterns, please visit our Digital Patterns FAQ page.
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.
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!
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.
Centime Tara –
A wonderful pattern! I made the size small and it fit perfectly right out of the envelope. All I had to do was shorten the sleeves a little. It will be easy to vary, and has endless possibilities. A winner!
Diana (verified owner) –
Ditto other reviews that loved this pattern! I love how simple the pattern is – easy to sew – but so amenable to different style options and creative expression. The hardest thing was deciding which options to try – for my first garment, I used the basic TRJ. But, I’m excited to start my next one – a different style and fabrics. I did make some alterations to better fit my body issues (high round back, swayback, etc.). Also added some contour darts and adjusted the bust darts to give it a semi-fitted style. My friends cannot believe how beautiful my first jacket is, and want to make one for themselves!
Jane (verified owner) –
Even if you aren’t artistic, this is a very good pattern. From the drawings I thought it would look boxy, but the lines are really very nice, and the shoulder application is less trouble than a full set-in sleeve. I like something straightforward like this. More accomplished, less worry.
I purchased the pattern at a sewing expo, and got the fitting there so I knew what to adjust when I made it myself. It came out pretty close to perfect, and I haven’t really done much apparel sewing in a few years.