The Laneway Dress PDF

Jennifer Lauren Handmade


Buy the Laneway dress sewing pattern from Jennifer Lauren Handmade, a 40s inspired dress that will set your heart racing!  Double open-ended darts shape the waist and bust for a flattering fit and the distinctive asymmetrical or centred collar is built into the facing of the bodice, meaning no extra pattern pieces or tricky construction techniques are required. With B, C & D cups included as well as clever inset pockets and a graceful V back neckline, Laneway is a perfect project for intermediate makers.

Suggested Fabrics: Lightweight wovens such as cotton, cotton lawn or viscose.

Fabric Requirements:

Sizes 6-14:  150cm wide – 2m | 115cm wide – 2.75m, Sizes 16-24:  150cm wide – 2.25m | 115cm wide – 3m.

Sizing: UK 6-24.  Please check the size chart and finished garment measurements.

This sewing pattern is available in PDF format. The PDF pattern will be available immediately for download after purchase.

PDF pattern includes: Copy shop file, A4 and US Letter paper formats.

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Additional information


Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Linen, Rayon / Viscose / Crepe, Silk / Satin / Sateen


UK 6 / US 2 / EU 34, UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44, UK 18 / US 14 / EU 46, UK 20 / US 16 / EU 48, UK 22 / US 18 / EU 50, UK 24 / US 20 / EU 52

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Make time

All day

Pattern format


PDF Printing

66 Pages

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  1. One person found this helpful

    5 out of 5 I love this dress!


    I’ve made two Laneway dresses with the plain neckline so far, and I love it. I often struggle with full bust adjustments and having a pattern with cup sizes is just amazing. I have very narrow shoulders and a narrow upper chest so I made a couple of small adjustments to the bodice and sleeve placement and it’s now perfect. I will be making many of these in the future!
    This version is a medium weight cotton from John Lewis, it’s a William Morris print. I’ll post a picture of me in it on my Instagram eventually! (@susanbrodigan)

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    5 out of 5 A(nother) needlecord Laneway


    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!

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    • Woodland63

      Love it – lovely shape

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  3. One person found this helpful

    5 out of 5 A needlecord Laneway dress


    The Laneway Dress by Jennifer Lauren Vintage is a charming pattern with some lovely interesting details. A clean and simple silhouette with an A-line skirt, it has open ended bust darts, which give great shape, and either a plain round neckline or an open, vintage inspired neckline. The back neckline also has a lovely little V-shape, and it has beautiful, deep, anchored pockets. The pattern also comes in multiple cup sizes which I love- no SBA needed here.

    I made the 6B grading out slightly at the waist (not fully to a size 8 as I wanted it fitted) and at the armscye (a standard adjustment for me in Jennifer’s patterns.) I ended up taking a little bit more out of the side bust darts to get a closer fit. However, for a fitted bodice it needed really minimal adjustment to achieve a lovely fit.

    As per all of her patterns, instructions are great. In fact the dress was quite easy to put together, the neckline is in fact the facing that you flip out, and was easier to achieve than I expected.

    I made it out of a fine needlecord from Seasalt, and the dress works very well in a slightly thicker material. I had some minor issues with the facing- the needlecord I ordered (also from Seasalt) was an exact colour match to the flowers on the dress (a russety mahogany shade). However I failed to notice it was a stretch cord so much thicker than expected. I decided to go ahead anyway as the colour was perfect, and it did work, however the flipped out neckline is a little bulky and the corners aren’t as crips as I’d like.

    I really love this dress, the fit is great and it has enough vintage details to be interesting whilst still being very wearable day to day. In fact, I have a plain neckline version waiting to be photographed…

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    The Laneway Dress


    After seeing many gorgeous Laneway dress versions, I wanted to give this pattern a try.

    The best thing in this pattern is that it comes with multiple cup size options. This means that it will be a lot easier to fit once you find your own size. The instructions are easy to follow and the construction of the dress is fairly simple. I also like the general fit of this garment. There is enough room to move my arms and the waistline is not too high.

    The only alteration I made to the pattern was that I added 2,5 inches to the hem. I do this pretty often since I like my dresses knee-length. Otherwise I didn’t need to make any alterations.

    I would recommend this pattern to anyone looking for a simple dress pattern with some interesting details. The asymmetric collar is simply charming. Open ended waist darts are really nice as well. There is this cute vintage style to this dress without it being too much. It still looks like a modern piece.

    The only thing I would make differently next time is to choose a little bit heavier fabric. This lovely polka dot fabric looks really pretty but I think this dress would be even better if the fabric would have more weight and drape.

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    The Laneway Dress

    This is my first time making a dress using a PDF pattern which I found the pattern assembly instructions to put A4 pages together very easy to follow. A plus for this pattern is the with customized cup sizes from B to D. When making the mock up, I initially cut at 16C but found this was too big so the final version was a 14C. As I am petite in height, I shortened the bodice by 1.5 inches and added 1.5 inches to the front darts. Dress was made out of a cotton twill which I thought would be too heavy but hangs well with structure. I will definitely be making this dress, possibly out of a double crepe and a contracting front facing.

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    The Laneway Dress


    The Laneway Dress was one of those patterns that I wasn’t at all sure if I would enjoy sewing up. It has a gorgeously fitted bodice with a flared skirt, pockets, and a slash collar. I sewed the 12D and it fit like a glove straight out of the envelope. That never happens!! If you want to read a more in-depth review, be sure to check out my blog post here:

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    The Laneway Dress


    The Laneway has a 40’s vibe, features open ended front darts, asymmetrical or centred collar built in the facing of the bodice. B,C and D cup sizes, V back neckline and off course pockets.
    I made size 14 in cup C and I could not be happier with the fit, the truth is that I have never made a FBA and the fact that this pattern comes in cup sizes is great news for people like me that are not fond of an FBA and all those that I truly admire that make the effort to make the proper adjustment for a perfect fit.
    This is a straight size 14 with no alterations at all and it fits me so well, next time I’ll just take it in in the waist seam on the back as there is just a bit of exess fabric there, appart from that I’m 100% satisfied with the fit.
    Although I never make a FBA I almost always have to add some more ease on the sleeves as I have wide arms and most of the patterns don’t fit me, this time the ease on the sleeve is just perfect.
    The instructions are very easy to follow, I like the fact that the designer pays attention in details and there are points that she insist in specific construction points of the pattern by repeating herself.
    This pattern does not include a lining but although I could easily do my usual method of using the dress pattern as a lining pattern as well I decided to leave it unlined and finish the seams with bias binding.
    I also used bias binding to hem the skirt as I didn’t want to loose much length, I’m 1.60cm tall and the lenth you see is just with 0.5cm hem seamallowance.
    I love all the design features of this dress, even the open end front darts for which I was skeptical at first as I didn’t know if this kind of darts are flattering on me,it turns out I really love them and i’m glad I gave them a try.
    Lastly I just want to say that this was a really quick make as the construction of it just flows, despite the fact that I had to match the straps this dress was finished in about 10 hours which for me is a record as I’m really slow.
    You can find my blogpost about this dress here

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    The Laneway Dress


    i love the 1940’s style of this dress and the little touches that make it stand out
    the contrast collar and use of buttons mean that you can really make it your own
    the instructions are easy to follow with clear illustrations to follow

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