Pattern: The Moneta Dress by Colette Patterns
Size made: L
Fabric: star print interlock and floral tissue knit (both from Abakhan Fabrics)
I have discovered my perfect everyday dress in the form of the Colette Moneta. I decided on a whim to sew one up after sitting on the pattern for a few months. Now I wish I had tried it sooner, it is perfect!
I didn't make any alterations, just a straight size L (12-14) and I tried the short and 3/4 length sleeves. The weather is warming up so the short/sleeveless versions will come in very handy but I love the 3/4 sleeves. They make it just that bit more wearable for me.
The pattern is aimed at beginners and so it is quite straightforward. There are 3 different versions (sleeveless, short sleeved and 3/4 sleeves) and the option to add a collar with facing. Go to the Colette website and you will find a bonus free download with five additional collar variations.
Perfect for the school run as it requires little thought to throw on or with a fancy pair of heels would look dressier for a lunch out.
My short sleeved version is made from a very lightweight knit and I had to interface my seam allowances for fear of the twin needle chewing holes in my fabric. It has gathered beautifully as a result of being very drapey. I used elastic to gather it as specified but ended up trimming it off altogether with my serger knife as it left a ridge around the waist seam. The blue version, I tried gathering as you would a woven with a long basting stitch and it worked just as well, but has a little less stretch than the short sleeved version.
I skipped the pockets in the blue version but kept them in for the grey one. Who doesn't love pockets? I will put them in on my next ones just so I have somewhere to stash my phone!
All in all, a great dress pattern. If you have it but haven't got around to sewing it up yet, grab it down from your shelf, you won't regret it!