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