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.

LJ Dakota linedrawing

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.image

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.image

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…


6 thoughts on “Dakota Blazer – Pattern Testing

  1. This looks great! I love that you paired it with your cami! Also, I wish my 7 year old could take photos! I’m impressed by your 5 year old! I think I may need to invest in a remote. I have a tripod but haven’t used it yet.

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    1. Awww you are too kind, thank you Cassandra! I guess 4 good pictures out of 50 a’int so bad 🙂 I need to get out my tripod too I’m just too self conscious of neighbors watching me 🙂


      1. My neighbors finally asked what I was doing all the time. They thought I was entering my kids into “cute kid” contests! After I explained, they thought it was cool and now it isn’t as awkward. ☺️

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  2. I love the blazer! It looks great with jeans on you. A versatile blazer that can be worn with skirts and dress slacks. This is one that I am going to try! I love your blog. Your baby daughter is so beautiful! Your blog is definitely saved to my Favorites!

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    1. Thank you so very much for your sweet comments Patricia! 💕
      I don’t normally use Blazers much so I’m glad this one has such a casual vibe about it 🙂
      And sewing for my daughter is what got me into the PDF pattern world 😊


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