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My first Colette Moneta dress

November 2, 2016

A few months ago, the director of Sew Essential, Lucy, contacted me to ask if I would consider writing a blog post linking to their site in exchange for some freebies.  Clearly I said yes, and I’m here to show you my new dress!  I chose the Colette Patterns Moneta pattern, which has been on my wishlist for aaaaaagges, and some John Kaldor jersey to make it up in.  Lucky me!

Yay new dress!

Yay new dress!

Having made many, many versions of the Kitschy Coo Lady Skater dress, you might surmise that I was not in need of the Colette Moneta dress pattern, but to you I just say HAHAHA NOPE.  They are different – different necklines, different sleeves, different skirts.  It’s always a pleasure to work with a Colette pattern – for me they are a tried and trusted, familiar, independent brand that just completely nailed it: they came at just the right time to the sewing community with their beautiful, vintage-inspired modern sewing patterns and they’ve gone from strength to strength.  You’ve got to admire Sarai and all her team, past and present, for having exactly the right vision.

On Ilka' Moor baht 'at

On Ilka’ Moor baht ‘at

Construction-wise, the Moneta dress is pretty darn simple.  Oh the joys of sewing with knits!  No darts!  Hardly any pattern pieces!  Can be whipped up in a few hours!  I reinforced my neckline with 1/4″ elastic, and I used the same width of elastic to shirr the skirt, simply because I didn’t have any shirring elastic to hand.  It worked out fine, thankfully.  I sewed it mostly on my overlocker, with a few stints on the sewing machine.

Neckline mid-construction

Neckline mid-construction

I made version 3 of the dress, straight up, no alterations.  This version has an unlined bodice and 3/4 length sleeves – perfect for autumn and winter.  I didn’t make a toile, as I know from previous experience that Colette Patterns work for my body shape, and the stretchiness of the fabric would allow for any slight imperfections.  Bonus!


The fabric is a medium weight jersey with a very silky and drapey hand.  It’s actually 95% polyester and 5% spandex.  It works brilliantly for this dress which benefits from a fabric with good drape.  It’s so silky and smooth that it almost reminds me of swimwear fabric.  It feels lovely next to the skin.  The dress won’t get me through the depths of winter unless I cover it up with a massive jumper, but it’s definitely a great dress for autumn and spring (and, let’s face it, British summer!).  I love the hot pink 🙂


Thanks to Sew Essential for providing the pattern and the fabric.  As always, opinions and writing are all my own!

  1. Celia permalink
    November 2, 2016 7:24 am

    Love this dress; it’s ideal for the cooler weather! Beautiful!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      November 2, 2016 7:27 am

      Thanks. It is a pretty dress 😊

  2. November 2, 2016 7:56 am

    I bet this is the first of many, it looks great, and love the fabric. Fab seeing a bit of Yorkshire countryside, bet it was a bit chilly up there 😀

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      November 2, 2016 7:59 am

      It wasn’t at all chilly! In fact by the time we got to the top I was too hot! 😁

  3. November 3, 2016 2:48 am

    Beautiful! A lovely combination of pattern and fabric. I do love a swirly dress. 🙂

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      November 3, 2016 7:56 am

      The fabric was a good choice for the pattern. It will be interesting to see how the Moneta works with other jersey fabrics!

  4. Lynsey permalink
    November 3, 2016 8:34 am

    Gorgeous dress, love the colours and it fits you so well

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      November 3, 2016 8:54 am

      I am pleased with the fit, especially as I didn’t make a toile! Lucky!

  5. November 4, 2016 4:10 pm

    Very pretty dress! The fit really suits you!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      November 5, 2016 9:35 pm

      Thanks so much. I am really pleased with it!

  6. November 6, 2016 3:42 pm

    I love this print it looks lovely on you – I always struggle with the elastic waist on Moneta but I suspect only I notice this! Now I want to make a new one!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      November 6, 2016 3:45 pm

      Thank you. What is it about the waist that you struggle with? Or do you mean you don’t like the gathering?

      • November 6, 2016 3:58 pm

        The gathering – I find it hard to get it even snd impossible to unpick!

  7. PsychicKathleen permalink
    December 17, 2016 8:03 pm

    Love your Moneta! Fabric is lovely and what a great finish for around the neck! I’ve never tried that but it came out so neat and I’m just about to finish a neckline on a knit I just might try your method! Thank you for taking the trouble to share your experience with us.

  8. tali permalink
    December 17, 2016 8:07 pm

    can you write what size you sewed? I started sewing a moneta and can’t decide about the size – bust is a little small, arm holes too big, etc…

  9. May 16, 2017 6:05 pm

    This is beautiful! I Love colette patterns!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      May 19, 2017 8:50 am

      Thank you!

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