Hello Everyone! I’m writing today (Easter Sunday) while eating some Fererro Rocher easter egg with a big mug of tea so it can’t get any better than this! Today I’ll be talking about the Colette Moneta dress. Believe it or not I’ve had the pattern and fabric since the #monetaparty event that was happening on Instagram a couple of months ago. I had everything ready and then I didn’t manage to take part that weekend so I’m only getting round to blogging about it now. I guess I’m fashionably late to the party! 🙂
I really enjoyed sewing this pattern. It was easy to sew, the instructions were very simple to follow and excellent illustrations were provided. I chose version 3 which had three quarter length sleeves and a lovely rounded neckline. I’m actually wearing the dress backwards. The neckline was lower at the back and I prefer a high neckline at the back and slightly lower at the front. It feels right and fits nicely so I think I’ll carry on wearing it this way!
Apologies for the creases! I took this pictures after my Sunday dinner and had been sitting for quite a while!
The fabric I used was a lovely thick ponte roma from Minerva Crafts. I think it cost around £8 per meter and the fabric is a beautiful weight and will be nice as a winter dress with thick tights and a cardi as well as a spring dress. I chose a lovely blush pink colour as it’s nice and fresh and spring like. Lots of sewists on Instagram chose amazing prints for their Moneta dress. I chose a plain fabric as I have so much pattern in my wardrobe that I need to introduce some plain clothes. It’s a very comfortable fabric to wear, very cosy.
I’m delighted with the fit of my Moneta. I cut the bodice a size small grading into a medium waist. I started grading out into the medium just under my bust and it work out perfectly as I had just winged it and hoped for the best! I chopped a couple of inches off the hem as normal but other than that, I did no other adjustments. Whenever I make another Moneta (once I get through my long, long list of other garments to sew) the only thing I’ll change is I’ll add an inch or inch and a half to the length of the bodice. My natural waist is slightly lower than where the waistline of the dress sits so lowering the waistline slightly should do the trick.
My local craft shop didn’t have any clear elastic (they had never heard of it!) so I had to improvise and use normal elastic for the skirt and it worked perfectly. I’m not sure what the difference is with clear elastic. Maybe it just looks better? If you can’t get your hands on clear elastic, using plain, old, normal elastic does the job.
I finished the neckline and hems with my twin needle for stretch fabric. As I’ve stated in previous posts I’m madly in love with using twin needles and the finish that it gives, so professional! The neckline turned out especially lovely 🙂
Of course any amazing dress has pockets! I used some leftover Liberty tana lawn for my pockets. I wasn’t sure how the ponte roma and the cotton would work together sewn up but the Liberty fabric works great as pockets! I love my little secret pockets and you can spy the lovely floral fabric peeking out. This is me sneaking in some pattern into a plain dress!
So that’s my Moneta. It is a lovely pattern and very satisfactory to sew as it sews together quickly. It’s very comfy to wear and looks good dressed up or as a casual work dress. I’ve worn mine with my Doc Marten’s to work last week and it looks great!
I’d say this will be the last plain garment I’ll be sewing for quite some time. I’ve just come back from Paris were I visited the fabric shop Les Coupons and bought way too much fabric…. I had to post it home I bought so much! Needless to say I bought all bright patterned fabric and I love them all!
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my Moneta and thanks for reading as always!