Sew Your Own Wardrobe: Colette Moneta Reveal

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.

colette moneta dress

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.

colette moneta dress

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.

colette moneta dress gathered skirt

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!

colette moneta dress

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.

colette moneta dress

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.


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  1. Ah, you were wearing this on Saturday! I meant to ask if you’d made it but I got distracted. It’s very nice, good work 🙂

  2. just found your blog and I LOVE this dress – the colour is AMAZING, I love emerald green. I live in Edinburgh and if you want a twin needle tutorial I would love to help – since learning to use mine I think I have used it in every project I have done.

    1. Thank you! That’s so nice of you to say! If you’re serious I would totally take you up on that offer 😀 I love the finish of a twin needle but I’m still really struggling with it on my machine.

      1. I am serious, I would gladly meet up to see if I could help you out. I am slightly regretting the definitive tone of my initial offer – I am no twin needle goddess able to guarantee results on any machine (unless you happen to have a Frister and Rossman Cub 7), but I can do a twin needle on my machine, so I am very happy to try to help you out with yours. Drop me an email at ekmbirch at if you want to set something up.

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