Hey there, friends!
I’m back from my summer vacation and ready to show you my latest dress!
This is, of course, the versatile, quick, easy and comfy to wear Colette Moneta knit dress pattern.Honestly, I have never been a lover of knit dresses. I have two RTW knit dresses — both of which are at-home dresses. I never thought of making any either until the Moneta came out. And now that I’ve made four of them (plus the Myrtle), I can see that knits can be chic and they are hands-down the best garment to wear whilst traveling. They are comfy, don’t wrinkle up, and are really great to walk/hike/sit-in-the-car in. Plus, you feel like you’re wearing pajamas all day!! I can see myself wearing these in the winter with leggings and boots and a cardi — so they are extremely versatile! Call me a knit convert!
The knit I used for this Moneta is a black/rose/mint peony floral cotton jersey from Girl Charlee. I don’t see this exact print on their site right now, but here is one similar. I posted a pic of myself in this dress on instagram and Gmarie recognized it right away. Apparently there was also similar ponte version which she was planning on getting and making into a Mabel. Of course when I went to see if I could buy that yesterday, it was gone!
This was the first time that I had purchased fabric from Girl Charlee. I ordered this jersey a couple of months ago along with a ponte and when it came, I have to tell you that I was extremely disappointed. My previous knit purchases were from Britex and Harts Fabrics, in which I paid 2-4x as much. So, I’ve basically learned that you get what you pay for with knits, unless of course it is a drastically discounted designer find from Fabric Mart. I’ve read some other blogs with sewers complaining about the inconsistent quality of Girl Charlee knits, so that’s something to be aware of in the future.
This particular knit sat in on my cutting table for a while as I pondered about it. It’s thinner than other jerseys that I have and I wasn’t sure about how clingy it was going to be on me. I took the plunge and crafted this into a Moneta a couple of days before I left on my trip as I thought it would be an easy dress to make and wear and it truly is. I’ve also noticed that the color and the print disguises any lumps and bumpys and wiggly bits and the fabric doesn’t cling. What I perceived to be a bad online fabric shopping experience actually turned out to be my most favorite Moneta!
I just love the 3/4 sleeve version BTW! I figured I could get away with it by making this and wearing it on vacation as I journeyed to a cooler climate. Unfortunately, it’s a bit too hot here in CA to wear this dress right now, but I can see this being a fall/winter/spring staple.
I feel so Mary-like in this dress! This is exactly the type of lady-like floral that she favors in her gorgeous dresses.
And you know what else? My husband took these photos without complaining!!!
If you wondered, these photos are taken in the Badlands of South Dakota. We went on a trip to Wyoming/South Dakota/Nebraska, venturing into my old stomping grounds (I did my undergrad in SD) and visiting my besties. We had a wonderful time, but as with every trip where you visit your dear friends — you never have enough time to spend with them!!
And yes, I do wear dresses most every day — even on vacation. I did take a pair of shorts (my K&L tap shorts), but didn’t wear them until our last day on the way back home. I was able to get by doing outdoorsy things whilst wearing comfy flip flops and my boots. 🙂
- Dress: Colette Moneta in black peony print cotton jersey, made by me
- Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens cork wedges
- Jewelry: Bauble Bar
- Sunglasses: D&G