So, to what I sewed at Sewjourn!  When Colette patterns released the Moneta, I was actually quite sceptical.  I though that there were loads of patterns around for knit dresses with set in sleeves and full-ish skirts.  And I really didn’t think that it was a shape that would work on my body.  But surprise surprise, eventually I jumped onto the bandwagon and gave it a go.  Nothing like a bit of peer pressure.

Colette Moneta dress

Well hooley dooley, I really really like it! Who’d have thought! This is view 3, with the sleeves obviously. After all, it is May! My first dilemma was in regard to sizing. For the record, my current measurements are bust 39 inches, wait 35.5 inches, hips 39 inches. This corresponded with a Large for the bust, XL for the waist and Medium for the hips. This is a typical situation for me when I’m sewing. So I cut out the pattern accordingly at a Large, grading up to XL around the waist. The end product has a waist with a slight amount of positive ease, which I think is quite flattering to my shape, and the bust and shoulders still fitting nicely too. I didn’t make any other adjustments.

Colette Moneta dress

Hems were all turned, secured in place with Vliesofix tape, then twin needled. You could easily add a band to the neckline if preferred. The skirt is both gently flared and gently gathered, and the combination is very easy to wear. I actually followed the suggested technique of gathering the waist with elastic before attaching it to the bodice, and I’m really happy with the result. I didn’t use clear elastic but used another soft elastic that I had in stash. It made the gathering faster than my usual two rows of stitching drawn up by hand, and also provides support at the waistline. Speaking of waistlines, I am quite short through the body and this dress pretty much sits at my “natural” waistline. There are handy “lengthen or shorten” lines on the pattern piece, so others might want to use those depending on where they would like the waist seam to hit them.

Colette Moneta dress

The fabric is a lovely crushed knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics. I cut it so that the darkest stripe was around my middle (waist paranoia there maybe?) but failed to realise that would put the light grey stripe closest to my face. And light grey against my face is not my most attractive option. So I actually wore it with a chartresuse crocheted scarf, and added a darker grey cardigan when I was out for added warmth.

me made May day 22.  Colette Moneta dress with crocheted scarf both made by me.  Will add a rtw cardi when I go out later.

So despite my initial skepticism, I think that this is a terrific pattern. I’m going to make another with wrist length sleeves for winter. There is lots of opportunity to play around with this dress in terms of length, sleeves, neckline and collar options, and it satisfies my basic dress requirement of comfort as well. Recommended!


  1. You look so lovely in your new dress and I love the chartreuse colour, it’s one of my favourites too. I have an ‘illusion of a waist’ and have found that style of dress to be surprisingly flattering too. Thanks for the tip. I am long waisted so would need a few extra inches!!!

  2. Your dress is lovely. Your lemon tree is impressive! Just a tad envious of both.

    If ever you need to get rid of the lemons….my family inhales my lemon cordial. Happy to make some for you.

  3. I’ve been a bit sceptical about the Moneta too – mainly because of the waistline seam, but I’m wavering a bit on it, I must admit after seeing this.
    On a tangent – you come up with some darn good fabrics at Darn Cheap Fabrics. I’d kill to have a fabric resource like that nearby.

  4. It looks fab! So glad you are sharing the love of the Moneta. I was the same (sceptical) until I made it. A very different look to a Lady Skater but something you can come back to again and again.

  5. I really like this dress on you and think it’s flattering. I don’t see a problem with the grey being next to your face but I’m not there in person so can’t say for sure but it looks good as far as I can see. Very nice.

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