Hello there, friends!
Yep! It’s another Moneta! My favorite knit dress pattern! I certainly can’t get enough of this pattern as this is the 5th Moneta I’ve made for myself. It’s basically my go-to pattern for a quick, comfy dress.This one went together pretty quickly as I’ve made this pattern several times now. The first two Moneta’s I made I used regular elastic as they were out of clear elastic at my local store. I can tell you that the clear elastic is much better for this dress than regular elastic (like knit) as it keeps the waistline where it’s supposed to be. That’s what I figured that it would do and that’s what it does. My last three Moneta’s are made in the proper manner and I really do notice a difference.
The fabric I used is an anchor print cotton/lycra jersey knit by Robert Kaufman that I purchased from Fabric.com. I’ve been wanting a white dress for quite a while and actually have five white/ivory fabrics in my stash waiting to be made into dresses. So this is my first foray into white territory. I was a bit afraid of getting it dirty, especially as I was eating Afghan kabob the day I wore this dress out for it’s debut. It didn’t get dirty and made me more confident about wearing my future white dresses.
When pondering the prospect of making this dress, I had thought about lining it, but I just felt a bit lazy about it, so I didn’t. This jersey is lightweight, but a bit thicker than others in it’s category. I’m wearing nude undergarments in these photos and couldn’t see anything, but I decided to put on a slip when I went out in this so that I didn’t feel self-conscious about showing off my skivvies.
Admittedly, my hem is a bit wonky. I still consider myself a knit newbie and I think that perhaps I stretched the fabric a bit when I was sewing it. I’m thinking that either stay tape or wonder tape would help with keeping the hem less wobbly.
I put stay tape on the pocket seams and think that helped a great bit with any potential sagging. Although, I’ve never had this problem with any of my previous jersey dresses.
This was my first time using the Laguna cotton jersey from Robert Kaufman and I really like it. This fabric was washed again after I wore it and it still looks the same as the day I got it. That makes me feel very confident about buying more Robert Kaufman knits in the future. The last Moneta I made for myself out of a cotton jersey from Girl Charlee, faded so badly after the first wash that it unfortunately got relegated to a house dress. Girl Charlee did give me a refund credit for that fabric (in which I bought a pink/white floral modal cotton jersey), but I doubt I will be purchasing from there again. I’ve had better luck with higher quality knits and all of the other knits I’ve purchased from other stores — Harts Fabrics, Britex Fabrics, Fabric Mart, and Fabric.com — did not have that problem.
I really love this dress and definitely see it as a staple. I can’t wait to make another Moneta! I know it may be boring, but I love to make quick and easy dresses, especially when I’m in the midst of working on formal wear — a cocktail dress and a formal gown — which I’m doing at the moment. I wanted something new to wear this past weekend and a few hours later I had a dress! Yay! You can’t get much better than that. 🙂
- Dress: Colette Moneta in Robert Kaufman Anchor print Laguna cotton jersey knit, made by me
- Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens Haga
- Purse: Ross (no label)
- Belt: Amazon
- Earrings: Bauble Bar