I can’t believe how long I had a Moneta on my shelves and often pulled it out but never made. Even though I have made quite a few things all with different skill sets I am always a little overwhelmed when I try something new. Plus having a long torso I am often worried about knit dresses that are gathered that they won’t fall on the right spot on my waistline. I just decided to give it a go I mean how can you pass it up. The photos that Colette has for this dress just scream gorgeous and comfort all at the same time. I mean come on this dress is stunning and it looks great in solids and print as well as amazing on all body types. If there is a pattern made for every woman this one might be it. The other things I love about this pattern is the pockets, various length options, sleeves and the 5 collar options. Plus this dress is so hackable if you just google moneta hacks you’ll be amazed. Colette just recently released a hack to make the back a cross back. SWOON!
So this last fall I finally cut into some gorgeous knit from Art Gallery Fabrics designed by April Rhodes, it’s from her Bound Collection. This fabric has got great stretch with the help of spandex allowing it to have great recovery as well as draping appropriately.
All of Colette patterns are wonderfully written and very easy to follow. I went off my full bust measurement as this is where the garment is the most fitted and that put me into a size small. I always trace my patterns out from the original. It just makes senses. I pick most of my tracing paper (medical paper) off of Amazon but I am saving up for some real deal swedish tracing paper.
I found the size small to be a touch snug in the bust area but that all changed once I switched the bra I was wearing. I could probably still size up to a medium and definitely would if I made this moneta in a thicker knit such as an interlock. The length of this dress is perfect. I strayed away from the pattern regarding the bodice a bit and ended up doing a serge and turn on the neckline and then topstitching it down with two rows of stitching. I think it turned out beautifully and this dress can be worn out for a date night or a day of running errands with the kids.
My boy took this picture of me on a day of running errands in the city out of the 20 or 30 he took this one was the best.
Have you made the Moneta? Was it a success? What fabric or print did you use? I would love to hear about your Moneta experince? Any hacks?