Hello everybody! As promised last time I am back with something other than pants!
This is my first attempt at the Moneta Dress from Colette patterns. I made view 1 (minus the collar). Overall I’m pleased with how it turned out, but as always I’ve got a few adjustments for next time.
To avoid having to a full bust adjustment, I cut out a large in the shoulders and bodice back (my high bust measurement) and graded to an extra large (my full bust measurement). I started the grading at the base of the armsyce and ended at the bottom of the bodice. From there I cut an extra large in the skirt.
The biggest change I would like to make is a sway back adjustment to take away the excess fabric that is pooling around the waistline.
As far as the construction of this dress, I approached the bodice differently than the instructions because I didn’t include the collar. I didn’t want to have any top stitching, so I made up my own little system.
First I stitched the main fabric to the lining around the neck line and armholes. Next I placed the straps right side together (flipping the bodice back inside out and overtop of the bodice front) and stitched around the “tube” that was formed. Finally I stitched up the side seams, completing the bodice. I love how this worked out, and I didn’t have to top stitch anything!
And now the fabric! I love the pattern on this and it’s super soft! I got this cotton spandex knit on sale at Girl Charles (and it’s still available here). My only complaint is how the pattern stretches across my bust, I think I’ll try a solid fabric next time.