One Moneta. Two Monetas. Three Monetas. FOUR!

Hello everyone!

One Moneta
Two Monetas
Three Monetas

I hope you are all having lovely sunny weather like we are up in the north of England! Its sunny! I am super excited to share this 4th Moneta!!! Yes thats right! Fourth Moneta I have made! Its my IPM2015 Dresses entry.

Knowing I needed a sleeveless Moneta I picked up this lightweight 4 way stretch jersey a few months back.  It cost me £5/meter so a good bargain. Its been in my stash about 6 months so yay for stash  busting ;-). The lining is a 2 way stretch cotton jersey.

Colette patterns provides a free extras booklet here which includes patterns and instructions for five additional collar variations you can use for the Moneta dress. Collars include: peter pan collar, round collar (I made one here), scalloped collar, bow collar and tie collar. I was going to make the scalloped collar but as I cut the fabric, a sudden impulse to go with the peter pan collar was hard to ignore. Yes I am a sucker for a peter pan collar.

I knew the peter pan collar  would looks great in a solid colour on the floral print bodice!  It would have been white but I had no white jersey fabric in my stash. Never mind – I am very pleased with this outcome:-). Luckily there was some knit fusible interfacing in my stash which I used to stabilise the collar. I did try making the collar without interfacing  (I couldn’t be bothered to go and rummage through the attic boxes to locate the interfacing) but it was sad sad looking floppy thing so I bit the bullet and started the collar all over again.

I sewed the curves of the collar on my serger. Not a good idea! Must use a sewing machine next time because there was some wonkiness there. The collar is a simple rounded style with a slight lap in front. So its quite important to be accurate ~ I wasn’t with the overlocker. I ended up with a 1cm gap between the ends of the collar at the front…so mmm.. yeah I decided an upside down heart shaped button would do the trick of covering up my booboo ;-). It will do…Done is better than perfect Hila! Done is better than perfect.

My previous Monetas and I have had waist elastic issues threatening our otherwise blissful relationship but this time round I nailed it LIKE A BOSS!!!! Got the gathering perfectly evenly distributed without ripping the clear elastic. When I sewed the waist to the bodice its was perfectly encased in the overlocker thread. So ridonkulously proud of that! I guess 4 times was the charm;-)

I found the instructions very easy and clear to understand. Even the armholes were easy to manage. Colette provide a video tutorial as well as a sewalong. The clean finish lined armhole creates a lovely professional finish that I will definitely be carrying it forward into future makes. The hem was finished with a 2.0mm twin needle. It was a struggle. The material is so lightweight I had to pull ever so gently to keep it taut and keep it from getting eaten by the machine. Next time I use such a jersey I will stick to zig zag stitch for the hem.

I really love the contrast peter pan collar of this pattern and the pockets! I also love the back collar with its feminine shape. Love the gathering at the waist…ok you get the picture I love this dress and I love this pattern. It comes highly recommend as a great little wash and wear dress. This simple children’s rhyme sums up my future with Moneta (following from the first part)…..

Five Monetas
Six Monetas
Seven Monetas

Now for oodles and oodles of pictures. Enjoy! I have included one behind the scenes pic – can you tell which one it is?

Thanks so much to The Monthly Stitch team for holding this Indie Pattern Month competition! Happy sewing everyone!



PS If you are no already overloaded with Moneta pictures and would like to see my other variations here and here feel free to click 😉




29 thoughts on “One Moneta. Two Monetas. Three Monetas. FOUR!

    • Lol. I was trying to do a stylish leap like I have seen in catalogues but alas I am not ladylike enough to manage that- all shots ended up with me quite high up😄. Yes I will be jumping somewhere! Just have to figure out where.

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    • Thanks Joanne! Taking pictures of my finished projects is the best and most fun bit😃 – its always a challenge getting good shots with kids making a game of photobombing😄

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  1. Love this version! This is one of my favourite patterns too… I’ve also made four! What might help with the hem next time is some lightweight Stitch Witchery – I use it every time I do a twin needle hem, and it works really well for stabilizing the fabric and holding it in place.

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    • It was a lofe changing mantra for me! When I first came across it reading Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In , it was a duh! moment for me😃


  2. Your dress is lovely. I really,really, like the fabric you chose. But, those babies, that is absolutely the sweetie picture. (large doses of Insulin needed [nurse humor]).

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