Well hello there folks! As the next stop on the Colette plus size blog tour, I have not one, but TWO Monetas to share with you!
My first Moneta is version 1 with the collar and sleeveless bodice. I made this dress out of an aubergine viscose/lycra ponte knit that I picked up at Britex Fabrics in San Francisco. It is a luscious medium weight knit with a slight sheen and so worth it’s $24.99/yd pricetag.
To tell you the truth, this is only the second knit dress that I have made. Although I am not new to sewing garments, I am new to the world of knits. I certainly am glad that this pattern is for beginners! So trust me, even if you haven’t sewn with knits before, you can sew this!
My aubergine Moneta is a size 2x and is lined in the bodice with a black rayon jersey knit. The technique used for sewing the lining is brilliant! I am not that comfortable yet with sewing knits on my serger, so I sewed this up with my sewing machine and finished the seams with my serger. The pattern calls for clear elastic on the waistband. My local Joann’s did not have the clear elastic in the right width, so I used a knit elastic to shirr the waist. It worked fine, but the clear elastic may be better looking on the inside and perhaps sit on the waist better.
I just love the retro feel of this dress and how easy it is to wear. No wonder why y’all love knits so much!
You may ask why there are two Monetas. It’s not simply because I am an overachiever, it’s due to the fact that I wasn’t sure how the first Moneta would turn out.
As I was sewing with my ponte knit and trying on the bodice of my first dress, I wondered how it was all going to fit. The ponte seemed a bit stiff and I wasn’t certain that I had chosen the right fabric for this pattern (and yes, I should have made a muslin first!!!). Along with being a beginning sewer of knits, I am also new to the world of buying knits. Thankfully, I had help whilst at Britex choosing my first fabric from a delightful sales associate and my MIL (who was shopping with me) who knew what they were doing as I did not….. I also had to keep this pattern on the DL as it wasn’t released yet, so I couldn’t exactly tell anyone what I was making. Anyway, I had a minor freak-out and ordered more knit fabric thinking that I had just ruined an expensive ponte and made a plan to sew another dress. Fortunately, I was happily surprised when I tried on the aubergine Moneta and found that it fit just fine. What a relief!!!!
My second Moneta is a pink and white polka dot bamboo/spandex jersey knit from Harts Fabrics in Santa Cruz. As an aside, why have I not been to Harts Fabrics before??!! I have family in SC and go there often, so why haven’t I, a hoarder of fabrics, been in one of the best fabric stores this side of Bakersfield? I will be remedying that egregious error soon…..
This dress is version 2, the short sleeved Moneta without the collar. It’s sewn in much the same way as version 1, although the bodice is not lined. This dress was actually quicker to sew than the first without the lining or the collar to construct.
I love both versions and will definitely be sewing with more knits in the future. And although I had some misgivings and perceived problems, it all worked out in the end and I got TWO lovely dresses out of my panic attack. These are perfect dresses for spring, but the knit fabrics are a bit too hot for these parts when summer arrives as it hits the 100 mark here in CA quite often post June. I’m looking forward to making more Moneta’s, especially some cool weather versions when fall comes around.
The next stop of the Curvy Colette blog tour is at T’s. I’ve been enjoying seeing all of the lovely makes from our group. I’m so thankful to Sarai and Alyson and the team at Colette Patterns for giving us this opportunity and to Jenny and Mary for dreaming up such a wonderful project. 🙂
The Curvy Sewing Collective presents…. Curvy Colette: A Plus Size Blog Tour!
Wednesday 16 April: Jenny at Cashmerette
Thursday 17 April: Mary at Idle Fancy
Saturday 19 April: Laurence at QuirkyPrettyCute
Monday 21 April: Tanya at Mrs Hughes
Tuesday 22 April: T at UandMii
Saturday 26 April: Sophie-Lee at Two Random Words
Wednesday 30 April: Mary at Young, Broke & Fabulous
Oh…. it surely wouldn’t be a blog post from me if there weren’t some photobombing animals in a photo, would it? 🙂
- Dress: Colette Moneta in viscose/lycra ponte knit made by me
- Belt: Macy’s
- Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
- Jewelry: Bauble Bar
- Sunglasses: Kate Spade
Pink Polka Dot Moneta
- Dress: Colette Moneta in bamboo/spandex jersey knit made by me
- Belt: Macy’s
- Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens
- Jewelry: Bauble Bar