A(nother) needlecord Laneway

A review of Laneway Dress


Reviewed by @goingtoneedstitches on 11th February, 2019

This is my second review of the Laneway (see below for the first with the asymmetric neckline) but thought I’d pop some thoughts on about the plain neckline version. Again it’s a fine baby cord dress, and the thicker fabric works well with the shape of the dress, I think something too drapey would lose the style lines. I really like the plain neck version- it’s a great canvas to show off a nice print as there aren’t too many darts to break up the print. The dress is actually quite easy to sew, particularly this version. The trickiest part is probably the invisible zipper at the back and if you’ve done one before it won’t be a problem (or even if it’s your first one!). As always instructions are great and Jen is very accessible by e-mail to answer any queries.

I love the fact it includes cup sizes- great for small busted (or larger busted!) ladies. I made a 6B grading to between a 6-8 at the waist. Fit is great, although I did increase the under bust darts a bit as I had a bit extra material there (cough cough- A cup here). My measurements are bust 31, waist 26.5, hips around 36.

My favourite other things about the dress: 1- the lovely side seam pockets anchored to the waist, which means that even a heavy phone won’t distort the shape of the skirt. 2- the back neckline with that sweet v- pretty but still modest. I’ve posted a picture on my Instagram of it (@goingtoneedstitches) if you want to see.

Least favourite thing: the sleeves. It comes with a short sleeve but I wish it included a fitted longer sleeve, or even a cap sleeve, for versatility!

I’ve now been sewing for just under a year and this is probably the first dress I can definitely see myself making again in future as it’s such a lovely shape!