Sisterhood of the Jennifer Lauren Mayberry Dress

Hello to all our crafty friends and creative types!

Welcome to our inaugural collaboration. Months ago, Brooke and I decided to make a sweet twinning project together. We chose the Jennifer Lauren Mayberry Dress. While being a bit vintage in inspiration it still feels like it is right on trend, style-wise and elastic-waist wise. It’s a lovely, simple dress which you can throw on to look “put together” with minimal effort.

We landed on the idea of this shared project on Chantelle’s suggestion and Brooke chose the pattern. Seeing as though we are unable to meet and hang out in person (distance or world events aside) working on something and knowing that your pal is doing the same thing is lovely and soothing.

Our friendship is a sweet story of Instagram adoration (I absolutely LOVE Brooke’s feed and all her fabulous makes) which blossomed into a deeper friendship across the seas. I live in England and Brooke lives Australia, so it’s really heartwarming to have a garment in our wardrobes that we have sewn with one another in mind. In a way these dresses have become representative of our friendship, making them even more special.

My Sewing Notes:

– I made my Mayberry dress in two evenings so it came together so quickly.

– I used Ruby Star Society Good Morning Social Moda cotton by Melody Miller. I fell in love with this fabric as soon as I saw it! The print is almost neon and really stands out.

– I used the prettiest Ethel and Joan jelly buttons which go perfectly with the fabric. I also used black lace elastic for the drawstring waist. The elastic works really well at cinching in the waist.

– I added 4” to the overall length as I am 5ft10.

– I widened the sleeves to give them a bell shape. I just added an equal amount of extra fabric to each side of the sleeves at the hem.

– My dress came together brilliantly and I cannot fault the patterns instructions. Jennifer holds your hand through all the different steps and really makes it all so easy to understand. I think the off-centre button placket is a really unique detail and the inset pockets are fabulous too.

The fit of the dress is perfect for me. The pattern comes with multiple cup sizes which makes fitting a breeze. It is so comfy to wear and I will definitely be making more in the future. I am so pleased with my dress and the fact that I got to make it with my beautiful friend Brooke just makes it my favourite make ever.

Sewing Notes from Brooke:

– My Mayberry dress came together really quickly as well, I sewed it together in a series of short sessions and found the longest part (which really wasn’t too long at all) to be getting organised enough to cut the dress out!

– I did not make any adjustments to the pattern length, but did quickly check that the waistline corresponded to where I like to wear my garments.

– I used a beautiful Liberty tana lawn called Thorpe.

– The fit of the dress was excellent. The fit is loose but doesn’t have so much wearing ease that it looks baggy.

– Notions-wise, I used some vintage shell buttons from my stash and some pink bias-binding for the waist tie.

Given the difficulties that this year has presented us all, it has been really wonderful and cathartic for us to have the pleasure of being able to select a pattern and fabric in order to create some me-made magic! We highly recommend having a shared project between friends and have already chatted about doing this again sometime.

Sending lots love and big hugs to you all,

Chantelle and Brooke xx

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