So good I made it twice – Colette Moneta

Colette MonetaI often post something I have made and talk about what I might do next time I make it, but then it seems that despite good intentions I don’t get to the ‘next time’ because there is always something new and shiny to try.

When I have made something more than once I often prefer the second version. Probably because I have already worked out the tricky bits and can try to do things better the next time round – or at least avoid the stupid mistakes which result from not reading the instructions properly! There are quite a few things that I made last year which I am planning to revisit – either because I want to do some more work on the fit – my Belladone needs adjustments around the shoulders and neckline for example or because I just really love it and want more versions – Skater Princess!

Colette MonetaSince I got my overlocker I have been sewing a lot with knits and after various t-shirts I have moved on to a dress. As I am in a revisiting frame of mind I decided to make another Colette Moneta. I was really pleased with my first Moneta and this is quite a straightforward project.

My first Moneta is made out of a stable viscose jersey and my latest version has more drape. I am still getting to grips with the huge differences between knit fabrics. This one is from the Abakhan ‘t-shirt fabric’ bins and is a more stretchy and drapey viscose knit – it seems to have good recovery but I will only know for sure after I have worn it for a while. It is a lovely teal kind of blue. When I bought it I was convinced it was thick enough for a dress, then part way through sewing I worried that it would be too clingy around my lumps and bumps. It seems to be OK, but the pictures do show a little more cling than I would like and probably a slightly heavier fabric would have been better. One day I hope to know this more clearly when I buy fabric rather than sewing and hoping for the best. I think it is definitely one of the problems with buying knits online unless you know exactly what you are getting.

Colette MonetaI cut a medium for the bust and shoulders and graded out to a large for the waist and skirt. I used the very longest length for the skirt pieces and took a small hem of less than an inch (I am 5’7″). I added a small amount of height to the neckline at the back as I find that I can’t tell the difference between back and front on my first version. I probably could have added a bit more as I still can’t really see the difference. I wish I had remembered to widen the shoulder seams a bit as I find the neckline slightly too wide (next time – definitely!)

Colette MonetaI sewed most of this on my overlocker and as a result it was very quick to make. I used a twin needle on the neckline and the hems of the sleeves and the skirt.

Colette MonetaI attached the clear elastic to the waistline using my sewing machine as I couldn’t imagine holding the elastic stretched out at the same time as using the overlocker. This time I used the three-step zigzag stitch to attach the clear elastic, to hold it down more securely. I sewed the skirt to the bodice using the sewing machine but then I neatened the seam with the overlocker when I was finished as the elastic looked rather messy and the overlock stitch helps to cover the elastic.

Colette MonetaI think the gathers ended up fairly even – I found I had relaxed the tension on the elastic a bit in places and had to re-sew. This is a slightly nerve-racking way of gathering but gives me a better finish than when I try to do it myself with gathering stitches.

This was a perfect ‘next step’ project for me and my overlocker – it makes most of the construction super quick but is a little bit more involved than a t-shirt! I am still in love with the super neat seam finishes (but not rushing to change my thread colours).

Colette Moneta So – is anyone else sewing repeats at the moment? I feel as if i want to consolidate my skills and work on improving results with patterns I know I will like (until I get distracted by the shiny again of course).

 

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  1. Very nice! I am quite worried sometimes when I buy fabric on-line. I like it when they let me know if it is heavy enough for a skirt or a Tee shirt or something. I haven’t bought too many knits yet though.

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    1. notsewsimple says:

      Yes i find it hard to buy fabric online as well – unless there is really good description! I bought this one in person though and still didn’t get it quite right! Louise

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      1. Oh! Such a tricky process! I do love the colour though. I probably would have been taken in by that!

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  2. The fabric may be a bit fine but its got the perfect amount of drape for the skirt, the colour is really lovely on you too. I’ve not got around to trying the Moneta yet, I have just ordered a couple of lengths of Ponte Roma for two more Lady skaters though, so yes I’m definitely revisiting old favourites!

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    1. notsewsimple says:

      Thankyou! I wore it yesterday and I am really pleased with it I think, the drape is lovely and I think it has lycra in as it doesn’t get stretched out of shape. I have a couple of Lady Skaters too and I like both shapes – the only fiddly bit of this is the elastic waist – mine is still a bit uneven in places!

      Louise

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  3. Carolyn says:

    You know I’m a fan of repeating favorite patterns! I’m so glad you’ve been getting so much use out of your new overlocker. 🙂 This dress looks great and so versatile! I agree that gathering with elastic using the overlocker is a bit of an advanced maneuver. I’d have to practice a few times on scraps first. I also agree about knits – even when you buy in person, I think it’s still hard to predict how the fabric will behave in a garment. Frustrating! Lately I’ve been sticking to brands I know, but I want to venture out into new choices too. Looking forward to seeing more of your overlocker projects!

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    1. notsewsimple says:

      Thankyou! I have been making many t-shirts but I am starting to get a bit bored of doing that so I may start something a bit more demanding soon!

      Louise

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  4. This looks great and fits you perfectly! I get nervous about buying knits – it’s still a bit of a minefield for me!

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    1. notsewsimple says:

      Thankyou! It is difficult to find exactly what you want even when you buy it in person! This.one has turned out well though and is getting lots of wear

      Louise

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