Andie L in GoldMoneta

Some things just come together so well for a make that it seems like fate. It might be for this dress.

My journey with this dress started with my first trip to a thrift store for fabric. I had never shopped in a thrift store before, but wanted to try it. I’ve heard great things about shopping there and am a definite convert now. I picked up exactly what I was hoping for: several yards of black fabric and a stretchy material for another Moneta. This gold-printed spandex:

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I can’t even describe how much I love it. It’s gold snakeskin overlay on a blue and pink mottled spandex and it’s gorgeous. Not my usual style, but I am glad to have come across it, because it fits in my wardrobe really nicely.

There was only about two yards, but the fabric width was 60″ wide so I knew I could get a dress out of it. I actually have a half a yard left because I shortened the dress and went with the sleeveless version.

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I feel pretty awesome in this dress!

  • Pattern: Colette Patterns’ Moneta.
  • Fabric/Notions: Gold-printed spandex, clear plastic elastic.
  • How you found the pattern and the instructions: The pattern is very easy to follow. Although, I did have trouble understand the sleeve finishing with this version. However, I found a very simple tutorial on the Coletterie on how to finish the armhole and the link is very nicely listed in the pdf of the pattern. There is also a tutorial on making the sleeveless collarless version on the Coletterie. If you don’t find the answer you need or need further explanation with Colette patterns, you often find the answer in the Coletterie or from the number of blogs that post on Colette patterns.
  • Any pattern alterations or design changes you made, if you made any. Or, is there anything you’d change if you made it again?: I made the sleeveless version without a collar as my alteration. I also shortened the skirt by about 4-6 inches, because I found my previous version was far too long for my taste. I do think the armholes were too large for me. I think next time I will do an alteration on that. I also found they were too large on my sleeved version. I cut a 2XL again. Although, I had said I would cut a smaller size, but the fabric I used was not as stretchy so it wouldn’t have worked to have a smaller size.

I have to say I feel pretty good about this dress. It’s still secret pajamas, but I can wear it to the club. Which club? I dunno….kitty cat club? Is there a place where you can dance with a bunch of cats yet? I know they have cat cafes now, but there should be kitty cat club. Nothing like going gangnam style with mittens.

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The artist’s representation of a dance club with a cat. (That’s a disco ball…)

Here are some pictures of me posing like a model:

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I am submitting this the Monthly Stitch’s Indie Pattern Month dresses week contest. Check out the other submissions. 🙂

Colourblocked Colette’s Moneta

My plan was to wait and take better pictures of my Moneta, but sadly that just isn’t going to happen. I’ve been sick with a cold for a couple of weeks now and allergy season has begun. I will work on better pictures in the future. I made this two weeks ago before I got sick and love it. The pattern was really easy to follow. It was my first Colette pattern and I am definitely sold on them. I purchased the pdf and would have to say the most difficult part was taping together the pattern.

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Connect the dots whoaaaawhoa

Star Trek Voyager got me through it, though. Captain Janeway was very encouraging and Seven-of-Nine critiqued my methods.

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Laser cat will find where you hid the food

And my laser cat kept the borg away.

It was also my first time sewing with a twin needle! Except for two broken needles (one because it hit a pin and the other because I failed to properly tighten the needle).

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Sad bent twin needle is sad

But I managed to get it done:

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This is my casual LOOK I HAVE POCKETS stance

Oh how I love in-seam pockets. Let me count the ways…. or not. I won’t bore you. I took the picture in my step-son’s bedroom. I made that goalie player behind me. I’m an artiste!

But I digress.

I used a stretch cotton teal for the bodice and a stretch cotton navy blue for the collar and the skirt/pockets. I really like the colourblock look of it. The material I used wasn’t super great quality (not great in terms of recovery), though, but the plan is to make tons more of these in the future. I also think that I will cut an extra-large next time instead of a 2XL. I like the dress with a belt, too. This dress is definitely “secret pajamas” in its comfort level. If I had a comfort level scale of 4-inch heels to pillow room, it would get pillow room.

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I’m a high-paying artiste – people pay me to stop drawing

I’ve thought about this enough to make 240 other drawings of a pillow room.

I highly recommend this pattern, because wearing a dress that is comfortable as a room filled with pillows is definitely something everyone should be doing.