Jacket of the Month
Provencal Garden Jacket
photo by Frank Kollman

This month we feature an unlined cotton jacket that is perfect for variable spring weather.  Rae found these three coordinating Indian hand-block printed cottons at Michel Biehn's near Provence, France.  While you may not be able to reach this supplier, there are similar cottons available here in the U.S.  One of our favorite sources is Handloom Batik which imports hand-block printed cotton in beautiful colors and patterns from India as well as woven Ikats and other goodies. Handloom Batiks has a booth at many sewing and quilting shows in the east and midwest (and will be in Paducah later this month). You might even find a seller of Indian cottons at your local farmer's or craft market!


Provencal Garden - Band and Buttons detail
photo by Frank Kollman

This Tabula Rasa Jacket has two details beyond the basic pattern.  The band was widened to 3 inches (finished width) and piped on both sides with the smaller print fabric to create a "faux shawl collar".  Directions for this band treatment are included in our most recent set of variations for the Tabula Rasa Jacket, Band Variations & Pockets.  The directions for adding flat piping are already included in the basic pattern.  This jacket also features a simple band cuff, also piped with the contrasting fabric, directions for which are included in Sleeve & Cuff Variations

Rae used the small print fabric one more time to cover the self-fabric buttons, prepared from fabric scraps by Pat Mahoney of Pat's Custom Buttons & Belts.  Pat will send you a catalog of her button styles and takes custom orders by mail or phone, although you do have to mail your fabric bits to her!  Contact Pat’s Custom Buttons and Belts at 537 York Street, Lodi, CA 95240 or (209) 369-5410.

Trouser Details for Eureka! Pants that Fit

Our newest product is ready for sale!  Many of you have told us that you really prefer a front zipper on your pants - and we've heard you!  


Now you can adapt your Eureka! Pants that Fit into a trouser style. Trouser Details for the Eureka! Pants that Fit provides all of the instructions, patterns and templates you need to add a front fly and zipper, slash pockets, belt loops, and traditional cuffs to your Eureka! Pants. Start with the Eureka! Pants pattern that you have all ready personalized to fit you, add pattern pieces for the slash pockets and front fly, and make a few pattern changes to the front pants pattern to execute that traditional trouser style.


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Band Variations and Pockets for the Tabula Rasa Jacket now available in our on-line store!
Swing Variations for the Tabula Rasa Jacket and Vest now available in our on-line store!
Sleeve & Cuff Variations for the Tabula Rasa Jacket
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