The Colette Moneta dress is finished! Well, I have a confession… I actually finished this on the 31st of October! I really wanted to wear this frock on our recent trip to London so I brought it to the front of the pile and am I glad I did. I’m still classing it as my November make because it’s first outing was on the 1st November and I honestly have no time to make anything else this month! I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am with this dress and I think it turned out really well.
Gah this photo! I demanded that Mr M take some cute pictures of me wearing it whilst we were in Green Park in London. It’s so strange that I would never dream of doing this in my local park where 1 dog walker goes past about every 20 minutes, but had absolutely no qualms about frolicking in a packed park in a city with the same population as my entire country. Weird.
I kid you not this was an absolute dream to make! I did make a trial version first in a much more flimsier fabric which, while it still looks ok, is not a patch on this bad boy. From cutting to finishing everything but the hem, this was done in 2 hours and 15 minutes. That is by far a personal best for me! I let the dress hang overnight before I hemmed it to let it drop. The gathered skirt is quite heavy, especially in this fabric so I’m glad I did. The fabric was absolutely lovely to sew with and I couldn’t be happier that I found the perfect thread to match in my stash.
I did have a bit of trouble with the clear elastic when it came to gathering the skirt. I think I was maybe stretching it a bit too much and it just snapped so I swapped it for some normal 1/4 fabric elastic and it worked perfectly well. It’s maybe a tad bulkier that it would be with the clear but it looks ok so to avoid a meltdown in future I’m sticking with it!
Can you tell how much I’m enjoying myself in these pictures? The only adjustment I made to the pattern was to shorten the skirt by a whopping 6 inches! I know I’m short but that’s cray cray. I also sacked the twin needle finish in favour of a standard zig-zag on the neckline, arms and hem but the thread is such a good match you can barely tell. On that note, if anyone would like to come and teach me how to thread and use a twin needle I would be most grateful.
We actually had a ball on our short trip and I feel totally refreshed to be back to work and on the Christmas countdown. This dress will definitely see me right through the colder months paired with my favourite fleecy tights and ankle boots.