#Dakotasewalong: Inspiration

Hello sew-alongers,
We love to hear your comments and some expressed that they weren’t sure if the Dakota would suit them.
Nothing like providing a little bit of inspiration to help out those creative juices going. 
On some sew along tutorial pictures you will see a linen version inspired by an oversized shirt look. My ponte knit was inspired by a jacket and skirt combo.
Here are some of my inspiration picks based on current fashion trends:

Rock & Roll Leather

Collar-less and sleeveless, with the neck opening raised higher. Source

I’m so in love by this Tufi Duek number (fresh of Brazilian SPFW). Source:

Go Print



Statement colour


Paule Ka suit. Source





Party season

  • I love the leather version ! And, of course, Kate’s green coat… I chose a fabric very close to the pattern, a strong jersey in blue green, not very original. But, for someone who wears only black clothes, it’s getting better 😉

  • Such fantastic inspiration Rachel…love them all, but a ‘leather’ version would be so cool! May have to consider this for a future make!!!

  • Ibhave had plans to make the dakota dress for a while, just have a little sewing queue of a coule of things to do before. This queue changes with my mood thou and after your versiob with a higher neckline and all this inspiration the dakota dress kind of pushes itself to 1st or second place of the line in order to “force” me to join the sewalong 😀

  • Wow, such amazing inspiration. I’ve been eying off this pattern from the start, but your ideas tipped me over the edge to actually purchase it.

  • Okay, I admit I wasn’t completely sold on this pattern but your amazing red version, and now these and you are definitely winning me over. I wonder if I could get away with a leather and lace version, or would that be too eighties hair rock? Can you be too eighties hair rock? I am going to have to buy this pattern I think, I just wish I had time to join in the Sewalong this month.

  • Hello, as you and Marie are both in the UK, when it comes up later in the sewalong please remind the North American sew-alongers that named patterns will not print correctly on US Letter sized paper – it is too large and parts will be cut off. A solution is to take it to a print shop and have it printed on US Legal sized paper for 10cents each, thus $1.50 total – it should fit perfectly then. Unfortunately home printers often don’t accommodate for the wider legal/A4 paper, even if you do someone get your hands on it. (A ream at staples for A4 paper is 10$!)

#Dakotasewalong: Inspiration

Hello sew-alongers,
We love to hear your comments and some expressed that they weren’t sure if the Dakota would suit them.
Nothing like providing a little bit of inspiration to help out those creative juices going. 
On some sew along tutorial pictures you will see a linen version inspired by an oversized shirt look. My ponte knit was inspired by a jacket and skirt combo.
Here are some of my inspiration picks based on current fashion trends:

Rock & Roll Leather

Collar-less and sleeveless, with the neck opening raised higher. Source

I’m so in love by this Tufi Duek number (fresh of Brazilian SPFW). Source:

Go Print



Statement colour


Paule Ka suit. Source





Party season

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