Hello there, friends!
It’s no secret that I LOVE the Colette Moneta. I never liked knit dresses nor would I have ever thought that I would until the Moneta came around. It’s easy and quick to make and super comfy to wear. It’s a go to everyday dress for me that I love to make when I want something quick to sew and something new to wear. This one is no different. I honestly don’t think I will ever tire of making or wearing the Moneta.
The fabric I used for this Moneta is the Liberty of London Dufour jersey in the orange/white “Jonathan” print. I’m always looking for interesting knit prints and it seems like they’re hard to find if you prefer quality fabrics that will last rather ones that will fade and pill. I’ve ordered some in the past and have been very disappointed, so I’m very picky about what I buy now. I was perusing fabric.com’s knit delights and came across this Liberty viscose/lycra jersey on clearance and snapped it up. I have had a long love affair…er crush…. with Liberty fabrics, but I am just too darn cheap to pay $35-40 or so a yard for their beautiful fabrics. This one was about $25/yd, which is more in my ballpark (albeit still more than I would generally pay) and seems about right for a high quality viscose knit.
This jersey is quite lovely. From what I’ve read it appears that the Liberty Dufour is the lightweight jersey whereas as the Liberty Carnaby is the medium weight. It has a beautiful sheen and nice drape. It’s a little bit thinner than my tastes and as I dislike adding lining knit dresses, it requires a slip. I do love the fabric feel and the print and it looks exactly the same after it’s been washed which is always wonderful. I do not think it’s worth the original price tag, but hey, I wouldn’t have bought it if it wasn’t discounted. I am a girl always looking for a deal though and perhaps have a bit of a Depression mentality passed down to me from my grandpa. I will splurge on certain things, but for the most part I am all about shopping around, using coupons and waiting for sales. And…. I guess that’s why this is my first Liberty fabric!!!
I didn’t take any pictures of this dress on my dress form as I have another dress pinned on there. There really is not much different with this dress than my other Monetas. Sewn on my sewing machine and serged the seams. Clear elastic on the waist and I used a knit stay tape that I adore on the neckline and hem. I really love that stuff! I picked mine up at Britex and
unsure of the brand at the moment (it’s down in my sewing room…) it’s Sewkeys E by Emma Seabrooke Extremely Fine Fusible Knit Stay Tape. It was a little pricey, but there is a lot on the roll and will last me probably forever…. or at least maybe a hundred dresses. 🙂
I’ve got making this dress down to just a few hours from cutting to finish. I took a break from the retro dress I’m making right now to sew this up. I wanted something to new to wear this past weekend and the Moneta is it for me. Definitely a TNT pattern that’s there for ya in a pinch. This is my favorite style with the 3/4 sleeves. I guess I should try some of the Moneta collars someday, but I’m not really a peter pan or tie collar kind of girl.
I got a lot of compliments whilst wearing this dress, so I guess it’s a winner! Y’all know a Moneta = secret pajamas. It’s especially true when you make one with a fabric like this that feels very lustrous against your skin.
Another thing…. I really wasn’t going to buy much more fabric for a while …. I am not very good at keeping on task with that.
- Dress: Colette Moneta in Liberty of London Dufour jersey, made by me
- Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens cork wedges
- Belt: Macy’s
- Jewelry: Bauble Bar