It seems like I’ve had a backlog of projects to photograph and here’s the first one — yet another Moneta!
Yes…..it’s another Moneta, so nothing too different here. The Moneta is no doubt my go-to pattern for a quick and easy dress. I find that I’m wearing these quite often in these colder months and yes — there will be more! I tell you what, after sewing up a dress that takes no fitting and is done in a couple of hours, it sure is difficult to go and spend my time on woven dresses. It makes it seem time consuming!
Yes, another version 3 of the Colette Moneta in the basic, no frills design. Every time I go to make one of these I consider adding a neat collar, but I’m not a Peter Pan or tie collar sort of girl, so it’s very doubtful that I will ever add any twee panache to my Monetas. I’m not saying these don’t look good on other people, they just aren’t me.
I didn’t take any dress form photos or pics of the insides as this is not interesting. One thing, however, is that I made this dress on my SERGER. This is the first time that I’ve done this as I usually just use my serger to finish the seams after I’ve sewn my knits on my sewing machine. I decided to bite the bullet and use the serger for it and eliminate a step and YAY it worked splendidly! 🙂
I don’t know if I mentioned it before, but my first two Monetas I used regular knit elastic for the waistband. Starting with the third one I began using clear elastic as the pattern suggested and I think it always works much better for this dress. It takes some time to get the hang of it, but it’s a lesson worth learning.
The fabric I used is a rayon/poly/spandex blend ponte from Harts Fabrics. This one is described as an aqua and rose floral and is still available on their website. They have six other floral pontes and it was difficult to choose just one. No doubt I’ll be purchasing another in the future as I just love a floral Moneta.
I’ve worn and washed this Moneta now three times since I made it right before Thanksgiving. The fabric looks exactly the same as it did when it arrived in my mailbox. I’ve never been disappointed by any of the knits I’ve purchased from Harts. The next time I shop there will be in person as Harts Fabrics is located in Santa Cruz where they have a brick-and-mortar store and is only a few hours away from me. I have a grandma who lives there, so a visit with family is made even better when there’s an awesome fabric store nearby. 🙂
This is how I’ve been wearing this Moneta – with my cotton waffle knit cardi (Simplicity 2154). This outfit really wasn’t complete until I got these white Swedish Hasbeens the other day. If you love Hasbeens, their 70% off sale is still raging on on their US website. The only available size in most of the styles is a 41 though, which happens to be my size, so I’ve been scoring some pretty cheap (in price — not quality) handmade wood and leather shoes that will last me a lifetime.
I’ll end with a pic with both of our Bostons. We took our Christmas photo yesterday before I changed outfits to take these photos, so both of them were out. That’s Guinness on the left and Rollie on the right. Guinness just had a cancerous tumor removed from his foot and has fully recovered cancer-free. 🙂
- Dress: Colette Moneta in aqua/rose floral rayon/poly/spandex ponte knit, made by me
- Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens Floral T-strap
- Earrings: Bauble Bar