The Mayberry Dress
A review of Jennifer Lauren Handmade Mayberry Dress
The Mayberry Dress by JenniferLaurenHandmade
I bought the PDF version of this dress during one of the flash sales, if I recall correctly, before Christmas but had to wait for my sewjo to come back after the festivities before I actually got around to sewing it. This is a lovely casual everyday summer dress with the essential pockets that most of us love in our dresses, with 3 sleeve variations – I chose to make the short sleeved option. Having made the Laneway Dress I knew that Jennifer’s instructions would be spot on and the pattern layout and printing (if printing yourself at home) would be straightforward. Again the pattern is sized for 6 – 24 and gives the option for A, B, C or D busts in the bodice and I knew that I would be a size 8 with a D bust. I am 5’1” and a size 8 and I made absolutely no changes to the pattern at all and it fit like a dream. It took me a while to decide on what fabric to use but I finally settled on a lightweight, very soft viscose which has worked really well and gives a lovely drape to the skirt and bodice. I had a bit of a black out when it came to cutting the facings and bodice front pieces and so ended up with the button placket on the opposite side to the pattern itself however this doesn’t bother me at all. As you can see from the pictures I used shiny black buttons and black ribbon for the waist tie – although I may swap this out for black woven tape at a future date as the ribbon has no give in it which means it cuts in a bit when I sit down. The construction is very straightforward and although the off centre button up section on the bodice looks complicated it isn’t at all and in fact the dress is so easy to get on and off over my head that I will probably miss off the buttonholes and just sew the buttons on through both bodice pieces next time. The channel for the tie at the waist is made by leaving a larger seam allowance when joining the bodice to the skirt and this again was an extremely easy process to follow. I feel this would be great for an intermediate beginner or indeed a beginner who has already inserted sleeves and added buttonholes. I can definitely see myself making a few more of these.