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Pattern review of the Moneta Dress by Colette Patterns made with 3/4 length sleeves and tie collar for the #monteaparty sewalong.

The Moneta Dress an Astonishingly Quick Make

Back in February, the Triple Stitchers made up of Rachel, Abigal, and Elle all teamed up to host the #MonetaParty.  This fun sew along project had participants sew up the Moneta dress by Colette patterns and share their makes on Instagram.

Moneta Party

I have been familiar with Colette Patterns for a while as I have had the Colette Sewing Handbook for some time, despite never making anything from it. Anyways, I wasn’t sure at first if I wanted to participate in the #MonetaParty after all, January and February haven’t exactly been the best of months for me.   

Despite being in a total sewing rut, I kept seeing more and more Moneta dresses show up on my Instagram feed. Finally, I was pursued and in a moment of rash judgment, I purchased the Moneta PDF pattern on my lunch break one afternoon. 

The Moneta Dress

Pattern review of the Moneta Dress by Colette Patterns made with 3/4 length sleeves and tie collar for the #monteaparty sewalong.
Why haven’t I made the Moneta before this?

The Moneta dress is a comfy knit dress perfect for both a night on the town or out running errands. As Colette patterns say it “works in every season and for any occasion”.

The Moneta dress features a curved neckline, fitted bodice, and a shirred skirt, with yes, POCKETS. There are 3 different variations sleeveless with a lined bodice, or an unlined short sleeve or 3/4-length sleeve. 

If that wasn’t enough Colette Patterns also offers a free collar extension pattern pack for the Moneta dress. I must admit it really was the tie collar option that really sold me on this dress. 

Astonishingly Quick Make

Pattern review of the Moneta Dress by Colette Patterns made with 3/4 length sleeves and tie collar for the #monteaparty sewalong.
This dress was super easy and quick to make

I had made plans to work on my Moneta dress the week of the party deadline, but things got in the way. 

On Saturday while others were joyfully posting their makes I was in bed suffering from an allergy attack. The extreme change of weather we often experience in Oklahoma caused my allergies to go haywire. I spent the day sneezing, watery eyes and a headache. Needless to say, I did nothing Saturday. 

Pattern review of the Moneta Dress by Colette Patterns made with 3/4 length sleeves and tie collar for the #monteaparty sewalong.
This dress makes me happy

Sunday rolled around and I thought for sure I missed my chance to be a part of the party. But I still wanted to make the Moneta dress. Feeling 100% better I decided to work on it. 

This dress was so easy to make I whipped it out in about 3 hours.

             
Sewing Summary
Date Feb 26 Pattern review of the Moneta Dress by Colette Patterns made with 3/4 length sleeves and tie collar for the #monteaparty sewalong.
Pattern: Moneta Dress by Colette Patterns
Version: 3/4 sleeve – tie collar extension
Size: XL to 3XL
Notes & Modification: Cut XL bodice top graded to 3X
Recommendations: Cut Large bodice top next time. 3XL creates a fuller skirt. Otherwise, I could do a 2XL or possible an XL skirt.
Difficulty: Easy Ratting:

Fave Feature

This dress is super comfy and the fact that it has pockets is a major plus. 

Pattern review of the Moneta Dress by Colette Patterns made with 3/4 length sleeves and tie collar for the #monteaparty sewalong.
The sailor collar gives the dress a vintage look

I adore how the tie collar helped to give this simple knit dress a vintage look. The collar extension pack had several variations and I may just have to make this dress a few more times to try them all out. 

Pattern review of the Moneta Dress by Colette Patterns made with 3/4 length sleeves and tie collar for the #monteaparty sewalong.
I want to make a dozen more Moneta dresses

My favorite feature might be the gathered skirt. I know many sewers don’t like the look of gathered knit fabric. The pattern instructions used a shirring technique for creating the gathers, which I think I might use from now on. Also, I cut the 3X for the skirt and while I probably could have gotten away with the 2X or possibly the XL I like how full the skirt turned out thanks to the extra fabric in the gather. 

Pattern review of the Moneta Dress by Colette Patterns made with 3/4 length sleeves and tie collar for the #monteaparty sewalong.
Love a good twirl

After all, a dress with a twirly skirt is the best kind of dress 😉 

Did you take part in the #MonetaParty? How did your dress turn out? 

Pattern review of the Moneta Dress by Colette Patterns made with 3/4 length sleeves and tie collar for the #monteaparty sewalong.

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Akram Taghavi-Burris

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