Me-Made-Maternity : Moneta (W27)
Knit dresses are going to be even more popular in my wardrobe in the next few weeks than they were last year … to be fair, they are so comfy that it is hard not to wear them every day. I already sewed three dresses that I would like to show you, and this one is the fourth in only a month. But, as it’s my favourite, it’s normal that it is now on the top of the list of dresses I’m posting!
Temperatures are starting to cool down a bit in Montreal since this week-end, which allows me to wear dresses with sleeves now! During the week end, we enjoyed the cooler but sunny weather to do an activity that I love : apple picking. We went last year for the first time (you can see my article here) and I LOVED it so much, that I couldn’t wait to go again. This time, we went to Oka, another village near Montreal. It was the perfect occasion to try my new lens : a 50mm that I just bought earlier last week. The colours of the leaves have not started to change yet, but I’m looking forward to it!
For this occasion, I wore my latest dress that I sewed…. the day before! As you may have seen on Instagram, I received this fabric from L’Atelier de Dina earlier this week for our third collaboration, and, right after opening the packet, I washed it, and sewed it! I have less choices on patterns to use this year with the pregnancy, so I decided to go with THE winner of every knit dress in my heart : Moneta, by Colette Patterns. I’ve made it in a bigger size this time, but I still used the neckline from Plantain pattern instead of the original neckline of Moneta.
I’m starting to be accustomed to this pattern as it’s my fourth version in a few months, but it still takes me two to three times to gather the skirt evenly everywhere with the clear elastic. I lifted the original waist to leave space for the belly, but not too much, so it doesn’t focus on the breasts. Because knit dresses are usually very casual, I added a bow to give it a more feminine and “fancy” style. I used the bow pattern from the Emery dress (Christine Haynes) and it was as easy to make in knit as in cotton. This is a very small change, but I think the dress is way nicer with it (#bowteam!)
As I mentioned it earlier, this knit fabric is from L’Atelier de Dina : it’s an Art Gallery Fabrics knit, and I didn’t have the opportunity to try their fabric before, even if I’ve heard of it a lot (in a good way!). The first thing I noticed when I opened the packet was how soft this fabric was!! I really like the colour of it too. As I told you last year when I started to sew my different Moneta dress : I always find it difficult to find the right knit, especially when you buy online. To be totally honest, you can buy this one with your eyes closed if you want to make this type of project. The elasticity is just perfect for it, and it’s very easy to sew. I can’t tell you how it looks after 10 washes though as I have washed it only once for now, but compare to others I have which have started to pill very quickly, I would imagine that this one will not.
I let you be the judge of this dress with my pictures, whilst I peel the apples: we bought two big bags (way too much again) so it’s time that I start making compote!!! Have a nice week!
Pattern : Moneta, Colette Patterns
Size : S (2-4)
Fabric : Art Gallery Fabric knit via L’Atelier de Dina
Photographs : Jude Pommes orchard, Oka, QC