The whole sew-your-own-wardrobe-capsule fever has been so infectious and inspiring, I decided to take the plunge and do it too. So, in a conscientious effort to sew every piece of clothing in my capsule, I applied to test the final version of the Dakota Blazer by Laela Jeyne Patterns.
The Dakota is a semi- fitted blazer with darts to enhance the feminine shape of this garment. It comes with 3 sleeve options – short, 3/4th and long sleeve and a straight or a high-low hem in the back. It can be made in medium weight wovens or heavy knits such a ponte de roma.
Since its already spring around here, and in keeping with the color theme of the rest of my capsule wardrobe, I chose to do mine in a beige linen fabric with a straight hem in the back and the 3/4 length sleeve option. While I am yet to master the fit to my liking, I like the relaxed and casual look of it. (Before you look at pictures, I feel the need to add that these were taken by my impatient 5 year old, who couldn’t wait to run off to play with his friends.)
Marisa’s directions are, as always clear and precise. I have tested for her several times now, and I like how much care she takes to incorporate all feedback, making sure the instructions are easily understood even by a beginner-level seamstress. The Blazer is completely lined with all the seams enclosed within the lining making for a very clean finished garment both inside and out.
After trying it on both buttoned and un-buttoned, I much prefer the casual unbuttoned look. The Penelope Pleated camisole is perfect for layering with the Dakota Blazer.
The Dakota Blazer is on sale now for $6.50 until Monday after which it’ll be priced at $9. Visit the Laela Jeyne Patterns shop to see some amazing tester versions for inspiration. All other Laela Jeyne patterns are also on sale now for 30% off regular price.
Till next time…