Sisterhood of the Jennifer Lauren Mayberry Dress

Posted Saturday, 14 November, 2020

Hello to all of our crafty friends and creative types!

Welcome to our inaugural collaboration post. Months ago, Chantelle and I decided to make a sweet twinning project together. We selected the Jennifer Lauren Mayberry Dress. 

Whilst being a bit vintage in inspiration, this dress feels like it’s right on trend for this year, style-wise and elastic-waist wise. It’s a lovely, simple dress which you can just throw on to look “put together” with minimal effort.

We landed on the idea of this shared project at Chantelle’s suggestion and Brooke picked 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 so lovely and soothing. 

Our friendship is a sweet story of Instagram admiration (I adore Chantelle’s style and her fabric choices are flawless!) which blossomed into a deeper friendship across the seas. I’m based out of Australia and Chantelle is in England, 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. 

Sewing Notes from Chantelle:

  • I made my Mayberry dress in two evenings so it came together super quick! I used Ruby Star Society Good Morning Social Moda cotton by Melody Miller. I fell in love with the fabric as soon as I saw it! The print is almost neon and really stands out. 
  • I used Ethel and Joan jelly buttons which I think go perfectly with the fabric. I also used black lace elastic for my drawstring at the waist. The elastic works really well and adds a little pretty touch to the dress. 
  • I added 4” to the overall length of the dress as I am 5ft10”.
  • I also widened the sleeves to form a slight bell shape. I just added an equal amount of extra fabric to either side of the sleeve pattern piece. 
  • My dress came together brilliantly. I cannot fault the instructions! Jennifer Lauren Handmade holds your hand through all the different steps. 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’s so comfortable 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 come 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 used a beautiful Liberty tana lawn called Thorpe.
  • I didn’t make any adjustments to pattern length, but did quickly check that the waistline corresponded to where I like to wear my garments.
  • The fit of the dress was excellent. It 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 love to you all, 

Chantelle and Brooke