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Multiple Monetas - Colette Patterns Moneta Dress
July 21, 2016
The Moneta by Colette Patterns, possibly the most prevalent pattern on the internet? Is it just me or has everyone made this?
If so, it's for good reason! It's simple, versatile, and stylish. I've made two. The first being the sleeveless collared version 1, and the second was the 3/4 length sleeve version 3. I adore both of them.
The most recent was the 3/4 length sleeve version. This one was made out of am amazing Liberty of London jersey fabric. It is no longer available but Liberty constantly has scrumptious selections.
I will start out by saying there is nothing about this pattern I don't love. The fit is comfortable, flattering, versatile...the whole gambit. It is very easy to put together, especially the versions without a collar. There is no need to even face the necklines, since jersey has so much give to it. If I had to criticise one little aspect it's that Colette is notorious for WAY overestimating the amount of fabric you need. The pattern calls for 2 .5 yards of 60" fabric for size 0-2. This can fit no problem on 1 1/2 if you fold both ends towards the center. This is great because that also makes it affordable in addition to all it's other great qualities.
There are a couple of things to be careful of when you sew this, especially if you aren't very familiar with stretch fabric. The first, take it from me, is that not all sewing machines are created equally. I chose to be "thrifty" (cheap) when I purchased mine and unfortunately, I don't have a wide range of stitches. I am also, oddly, unable to change the stitch length and width. I can only select from the dial. This blows. It especially blows when trying to select the right zig zag stitch to sew jersey. The problem is, if it's too narrow, it will rip. If it's too wide, it can show on the other side. Luckily, with the largest zig zag option on my machine, I am able to get a seam that doesn't rip and thats good enough for me. Also, although I specifically bought the machine because it said it was twin needle compatible, it is not. After calling the company, they apologised and said that there was an error on their website. Wonderful, thanks. This means I have to sew the hems with a zig zag as well. The big zig zag is just not exactly the look I would have gone for otherwise. ANYWAYS! The point I am trying to make is Just fiddle with some scrap fabric and find the right stitch!
The second thing, is that you will need some clear elastic for the waistband. Make sure that the elastic has a lot of stretch to it. The instructions tell you to measure the waistline of the bodice and then cut the elastic to that length and then sew it to the inside of the waistline of the skirt, which creates the shirring effect. I recently purchased some from Prym that I'm not sure is going to work. Because it doesn't have much stretch, I'm not sure it will reach around the waistline of the skirt and I have a feeling I will struggle with it.
A couple of notes also for the sleeveless collared version. I think if I were to make this again, I would choose a thinner jersey fabric, maybe one with some viscose. The only reason is because the collar does not lay as flat as I would like. There is a bit too much bulk, particularly in the back where it crosses over itself. Finally, their technique for installing the bodice lining is brilliant! Check it out: www.colettepatterns.com/go/armholes
I am absolutely going to make more of these. In fact, I already have two planned.
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!