My first Moneta

I fell in love with the moneta dress by colette patterns as soon as I saw it! I love wearing jersey it is just so comfortable – so a cute little jersey dress – who wouldn’t? Especially with all those collar variations!

I made version 1 in the small size to start off with, in a cheap striped jersey fabric that I have had in my stash for over a year but I think was originally bought from fabric land in Bristol. The bodice is fully lined in the same fabric and the sleeveholes are finished using the clever technique shown in this video on colette’s site. The collar is just made using the reverse side of the fabric so it has a slight stripe on it that you can vaguely see in the photo below. I did play around with not doing it in a contrast at all but when I tried it it just looked a bit odd as if the stripes were cut up.

ImageThe instructions for the pattern are quick and easy to follow, and I have to say I love this pattern so much! I put it together on my overlocker, although the instructions also provide advice for using a regular sewing machine. I did try gathering the waist using clear elastic by basting it on my sewing machine but found that the mixture of the pull of the elastic forward and the pull of the feeddogs going back meant that the fabric didn’t move and I was just going nowhere! Once I moved back to my overlocker though it all went fine, maybe a walking foot would have helped if I was sticking to my regular sewing machine, or maybe I should have persevered and I would have got there.

It was quite a quick sew even for me and I am certainly not a speedy seamstress. I especially love the detailing on the back collar. As you can see from the photo below – I didn’t quite manage to get it symmetrical – but ah well – I think it is still wearable!

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I did have a few problems with fit as when I first tried on my lined bodice it had some serious armhole bag. I emailed the people at Colette who were so nice and speedy in their reply and they suggested lining it, which unfortunately it already was, and that it was probably my fabric not having enough structure. My fabric is cheap and not very good quality so hopefully my next one won’t have this problem if I invest some better quality fabric, in the meantime I fixed the problem with some bust darts.

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Inside of bodice

Outside of bodice

Outside of bodice

Unfortunately as you can see from the pictures below my fabric has not held up very well. I have only worn this dress 2 times and already it is showing serious signs of wear and tear.

holes starting to appear

holes starting to appear

colour blue rubbing

colour blue rubbing

So the verdict? Loved the style of this dress and I will definitely be making it again – but in a much better quality fabric!