Floral Dakota Blazer by Laela Jeyne Patterns

This is the 3rd test garment I have sewn for Laela Jeyne Patterns. The first, the Little Birdie Dress, hasn’t been blogged yet, and the second were the Comfy Cozy Pj’s.

I applied to test* the Dakota blazer as I liked the high-low hemline and also the tulip type shape of the front. It has a slim fit, with darts on the back and is completely lined, and while the lining is made from woven, the outer can be constructed from either woven or knit fabric. This is a non-cut PDF pattern but it’s important to follow printing and taping instructions to ensure everything fits together right.

dakota Front Dakota liningI chose black multi printed bright floral sateen (97% cotton/ 3 % spandex) as my outer fabric and crimson drill (100% cotton) for the lining. The lining was constructed first to check fit and make any relevant pattern changes which is always a good idea when constructing a garment such as this. My photos are not of the final pattern as I believe some little details have been added to the pattern and instructions that differ to what we had during testing. Marisa was very open to accepting our feedback and making relevant changes to ensure it was a well fitting product. The overall shape has remained the same however.

The pattern comes with the recommendation of adding a two button closure but I decided to go with one instead. It just feels like it sits better on me that way.

Dakota side                      Dakota side 2 Dakota Back 2

I believe this is definitely a statement jacket due to my fabric choice but it is comfortable. Also if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, the style of the Dakota blazer accommodates the baby bump, therefore a highly versatile pattern and a good investment.

*The pattern was provided to me free of charge for testing but all opinions expressed are my own and I received a copy of the finalised pattern for taking part.

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Comfy Cozy Pj’s by Laela Jeyne Patterns

I love Pj’s, but not enough to wear them around as lounge wear but probably because I haven’t owned a new pair for goodness knows how long. And when you are struggling to find co-ordinating sleep wear in the cupboard it’s time to invest in a new pair.

I tested* the Comfy Cozy Pj’s by Laela Jeyne Patterns in December 2015, which was perfect timing to have a new pair for christmas morning. I liked that there were options for short and long sleeves, a 5″ inseam shorts length and options of 28″ or 30″ inseam pants length. You can also choose to make the bottoms in high or mid rise. Both sleeve lengths have cuffs and optional breast and inseam pants pockets. ALL in the one pattern. If you don’t like printing, cutting and taping PDF patterns this one is a no trim pattern and makes assembly quick and easy.

As it’s summer for christmas in Australia, I used this floral spun rayon (100% cotton) from my stash with white rayon (100% rayon) for the shirt and switched up the colours for the cuffs and breast pocket detail. I cut the 28″ inseam long pants with the elastic measurements for the low rise option and added in the inseam pants pockets. All seams were neatened with the serger.

                                pj version 1 side                       Pj version 1 back (2)

They are super comfy as the name suggests and pretty easy to sew up. I have found mine to be pretty baggy/roomy although I have worn them as often as possible and not sure if it’s party related to the fabric composition because after laundering they seem to fit better.

I wanted to make a second pair with the final released pattern which was more shaped at the waistline but also went down a size from my tester version for a better fit.

I used pink broadcloth (100% cotton) and white prima homespun (100% cotton) hoping I’d have some semi co-ordinated separates. Look away now if pink isn’t really your colour, I keep thinking that they look like a pink pair of scrubs, if scrubs were pink that is!

Pj version 2 frontPj version 2 back (2)This time I only added 5 1.5cm round buttons as the recommended 7 I found a bit busy for me.

The fit is definitely better going down a size, but the difference in fabric also affects how they feel and hang. The only thing is I forgot to increase the leg length as I made the 28″ inseams length like last time but since these were a size smaller, naturally they came up shorter and I like my bottoms to bunch up slightly. Considering this is sleepwear I’m not too fussed though.

I have quite deliberately made both pairs in light fabric with short sleeves to wear in the warmer months of an Australia summer and have been wearing both pairs quite a bit since completion. I need to check my winter pj inventory but I’m almost certain I will be adding a flannel pair to my wardrobe before winter sets in.

                                   Pj combo 1 front                          Pj combo 2 front

*The pattern was provided to me free of charge for testing but all opinions expressed are my own and I received a copy of the finalised pattern for taking part.