So…I have a confession to make: I broke my “no new fabric until I finish my half-finished projects” rule.😅I totally caved because I have no self-control! But it was for a good reason. I decided to jump on the Moneta bandwagon!
I’m trying to use a variety of fabrics instead of the easy-to-use quilting cotton, but I’d been terrified of using knit because I’ve read a lot of scary things about it. (“It keeps stretching and it’s hard to control!” “You have to use a serger only!” “The hem will pucker no matter what you do!“😵😵) I did realize that I’d have to give it a try eventually, even if that meant several years from now.
I then found out about the Moneta Party that was being hosted on Instagram. I wasn’t thinking about joining. That is, not until I started looking at all the Monetas people have been making!
It’s just a delightful, basic dress for everyday-wear. After studying the Monetas I’d been stalking, I started to visualize a variety of them in my own closet. 😍 That was enough motivation for me to read all the knit-related information I could find, study the Moneta Sewalong published by Collette, and buy the cheapest knit fabric I could find! (I did not feel confident enough to splurge on the test-run.😏)
Although I really wish I had used a solid colored fabric like I’d originally planned, I love this dress! It fits like a glove. It’s so soft and comfortable. I love the neckline and the fact that the pattern included pockets.
I chose to buy the digital version of the pattern, since I was dying to have this dress right away. (And the printed one was out of stock.😬) As usual with a digital pattern, assembly took me quite some time. I’m just a slow-mover by nature.
The fabric I chose was a little weird for a beginner knit user, so cutting took me quite a while as well because I was being soooooo careful.
The instructions were very straightforward, but I still consulted the Sewalong because it has detailed pictures. The only changes I made were that I made the back neckline a little higher and I lengthened the skirt. The pattern details said that the finished dress length for my size would be 33 inches, which is too short for my taste. So I added seven inches, only to find that it made the dress way too long. 😱 Then when I measured to see how much to cut off, it was six inches! 🤔 I don’t know how I did my math, but whatevs. It’s a great pattern! In fact, I ended up making another one!
Stay tuned for at least 100 more versions of this dress.😉
This review is totally unsolicited, by the way. I’m just excited about this pattern!
Have you tried making your own Moneta? I’d really like to see!💕