Last month Jennifer Lauren from Jennifer Lauren Handmade invited some people to become testers for her patterns, since she’s trying to make them more known around and having them being tested for different sizes. I was fortunately one of those people chosen for the first pattern, the Laneway Dress, and was more than happy in trying this wonderful pattern I was dreaming about since it had been released. So here my review for the world to see, read and judge.
I’ve used an USA fabric I’ve bought in Brazil last February, 100% cotton, probably what most people refer to as cotton lawn. Really pretty.
I’ve cut the body as it was given on the pattern, size 24, cup D. It turned out too long for my short torso, since I’m quite short (1,58 cm) and most patterns are made for generally taller folk.
I usually don’t follow the instructions to the letter – yeah, I’m that kind of person! – but I’ve decided to do that this turn around since it was for a real pattern test and not just something I’d whip on a whim. I’ve shortened it 3,5 cm and it then turned fine!
The junction points came out almost perfect, but what really was the greatest kick was having pockets! Good size pockets, no less! And the neckline is just beautiful!
The one thing I’ve changed was the sleeve: how to set it in and the look of it. I don’t like gathered sleeves much, so I’ve made my own version of it: a small pleat. Since it wasn’t exactly planned that way, it didn’t end up perfect. But I love it anyway!
So, to answer some of Jennifer Lauren’s questions about fit, instructions and the pattern in general, and what I would change:
- Easy to use. Finding the right size was actually easy.
- Instructions: if you follow them, you’re in the right way. Taking into consideration English is not my first language and that I’ve started learning to sew in Dutch, I think it was pretty well explained: clearly stated and to the point.
- Fit: I think it’s actually quite good. I might should have done a C cup instead of a D cup because I realise that in the end there’s more fabric loose around the boobs than it was supposed to be, but nothing that actually bothers me.
- Sleeves: I’ve changed it, just because I don’t like gathered sleeves. I wouldn’t change anything else.
- Will I make another one? Yes, definitely! With some crêpe de chine or silk. Or maybe wool. I still have some beautiful fabrics I’ve bought in New Zealand. 😉