Moneta … this dress was released a few months back and I spent a lot of time looking at it online…. But I couldn’t see myself making it without a serger. When I finally bought my serger back in October, I was dreaming of Moneta all over again. I really wanted to try sewing a jersey fabric. I hesitated for a while : Moneta pattern or Plantain Babydoll variation (Deer & Doe) ?
It is Moneta who won this battle in the end, however it took me three times to have the perfect version. I don’t regret it because I’m in love with this knit dress!
Over two months ago, I ordered a very nice knit fabric from Fabric.com : it was a very stretchy knit with stripes from Riley Blake. It took ages to match the lines perfectly but the results were stunning.. Until I tried to gather the skirt with a white thick elastic as I didn’t have any clear ones in my stash. What a mistake! The elastic was way too thick and heavy to have it perfectly gathered and the it didnt work out well! After three times I finally managed to have a nice gathered skirt but when I tried to sew the skirt and the bodice together : everything went pear shaped! The entire stitch was crinkled. So the worst thing happened : I had to throw it away.
As it is a dress which is normally sewn very quickly, I gave it another try a bit before the holidays with a cheaper knit, less elastic and thinner. But I still didn’t have any clear elastic… So I listened to Maggot and gathered the sleeve like a random cotton fabric with the sewing machine, and attached the bust to the skirt with the serger. Nailed it! This time it went ok! But the waistline was a tiny bit under my natural waist, and the fabric looked quite cheap, so I don’t really wear it, I can say now it was a muslin.
At the end of christmas holidays, I wanted to sew a dress for a back to school outfit. It was the perfect timing as I found a nice navy fabric at Globetex a few days before. When I saw it in the shop, I knew it was the perfect choice for a Moneta. The quality is very good the price was cheap, but most importantly I had clear elastic this time!
It took me a long time to decide which neckline I wanted. I really like the Moneta dress but I like more the neckline of the Plantain pattern. So I changed the pattern a little to adjust the neckline of the plantain to the moneta. Il explain shortly in a separate post (very simple!). I took my time to do the finishing of this dress as I wanted it to be perfect. For the neckline, I sewed a long stitch with the sewing machine to attach the bias to the neckline. After that, I sewed it with the serger and then, finished it off with the double needle.
To gather the skirt, I followed the explanations of the booklet and of the sew along, and sewed the clear elastic to the skirt with the sewing machine. I did it twice to be sure it was gathered regularly. And then, I sewed the top to the skirt with the serger. I’m so happy I finally succeeded on this moneta pattern! I really like it on other people and I couldn’t wait to have mine as well! I don’t regret to have changed the neckline, I prefer it more feminine. I took off the pockets as well as I wasn’t sure of how it will looks like with this specific fabric.
It is so comfy as well! At home, or at work, it’s the perfect dress for cold weather! I left in the wardrobe some of my autumn dresses as it is way too cold now! For winter I feel like comfy warm dresses! I find important this year to determine more the clothes I want to sew depending on the season, to be sure they won’t stay in the wardrobe for a few months!
I wish you a very happy week and I hope you’ll like this dress!
Dress : Homemade, Moneta from Colette Patterns
Size : XS
Tissu : Jersey navy, Globetex (MTL)
Alterations : Neckline of plantain pattern // No pockets
Belt : Pimkie
Shoes : Clarks