Moneta maxi dress by Colette Patterns, as sewn by Shannon of The Finished Garment

A Moneta in Stripes for Indie Pattern Month

Looks like I’m too late to enter the Monthly Stitch dresses contest, but I thought I’d share what I made for Indie Pattern Month, just the same.

This is the Moneta dress (Design 1028) by Colette Patterns.

Moneta in Stripes sewn by The Finished Garment

I recut the neckline to be lower and have more of a scoop shape.

The instructions are great, and the pattern is simple and quick. If you’re new to knits, this shouldn’t give you much trouble and there is a Moneta sew along, just starting. It’s also very quick to assemble.

I used a lovely, springy bamboo jersey by Telio that I bought locally in Montreal. It’s amazing, and I will definitely use it again.

I sewed the XL, based on my measurements, but it was big. I ended up taking in the sleeves by two inches and the sides of the bodice by an inch on each side. I probably should have cut the medium with a cheater FBA (to the size large).

I’ve seen at least one review that recommended using the sleeve in a size smaller than the dress, and I agree, this would be a good idea. I extended the skirt by 12 inches, to make a maxi dress. I had to recut the skirt panels a bit to get the stripes to look good, and I was out of clear elastic, so I used lingerie elastic to gather the skirt. This is much, much easier.

Colette's Moneta, as sewn by The Finished Garment

I recut the skirt panels to neaten up the stripes. See my blog for more details.

I recut the neckline into more of a scoop neckline and lowered it by 2.5 inches. I also used a band to hem the neckline (like in the Renfrew top by Sewaholic) – tutorial here.

Stop by my blog, The Finished Garment, to get all the details.

Colette's Moneta as sewn by The Finished Garment

The dress has pockets, which is great!

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