Anyway, I bought several yards of this lovely purple knit designed by Anna Maria Horner last year when I was sewing garments, and then never did anything with it. Since it was a long weekend here, and I had Erin to help me, I pulled it out to make a dress using the Moneta pattern by Colette Patterns. One of my lovely IG friends, Nancy, responded to my call for help and lent me her overlocker / serger for the weekend, which made things MUCH easier.
The Moneta is one of the most made and blogged indie patterns out there, so it was really helpful when I was deciding what to make to read everyone else's posts about it. For the sake of being helpful to other people who might want to make it, I am 5'8" and in this version made a size small, but lengthened the bodice 1.5". I didn't alter the skirt at all.
I had read Karyn's post which mentioned the issue with excess fabric under the arms. I took the armpits in 1/2" but you can see there is still a bit of excess fabric there. I didn't have this issue on the second version (which I will show in another post), so I suspect it might be partially caused by this fabric not having amazing recovery (it's 100% cotton which made it easy to sew with but it doesn't spring back into shape as easily as fabric with a nylon or other polyester type content).
You can see here that the neckline is lower on the back than on the front - pretty cute! These photos were taken in slightly challenging light, hence all the sparkles (and I would like to blame my glowing white skin on the light as well but I suspect that is just me...).
So, yeah, I'm pretty happy with this dress. It will be a cute weekend outfit for me as the weather starts to warm up, and it's super comfy. Colette describes the pattern as being for beginners, and generally I would agree with that - the only thing I found slightly tricky was attaching the top of the skirt to clear elastic, and hemming the neckline. I'm sure it would have been quite a bit more work without an overlocker though. If you are planning to make this dress, I would highly recommend reading the Colette Moneta sew-along and this post about using clear elastic.
When I share the other dress I made, I'll include a few more details on the tweaks to the pattern that I made which resulted in a better outcome for me, and the technique I used to get a much nicer result on the hems. If you have any questions, shout out and I'll try and include the answers in that post!Follow