Monday, June 16, 2014

Colette Moneta Dress with Tie Collar

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Hello all!

Meet my new favorite dress!

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It's the Colette Moneta pattern [surprise surprise] with the Tie Collar option that's available as a free download on the Colette website.

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This dress is my new favorite for a number of reasons:

a] It looks very much like clothes but feels like pajamas
b] Mustard is one of my favorite clothing colors
c] It's frickin' adorable

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The fabric is this ponte from Girl Charlee. It's so soft and snuggly and has a really great combo of structure and stretch. I'm not sure if all their pontes are the same fabric, but I can vouch for the mustard!

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You may recognize the color from the Moneta sewalong pictures. Yes, this is the same dress, kinda sorta. When I finished that dress, I was getting some major armhole gape, which is a common problem for me. So I hacked off the bodice, did a few pattern adjustments and made a new one. There is a little strain vertically on the bodice around the armholes, which you can see in some of the pictures, but I think it's mostly there. A few more tweaks then the fit should be great.

UPDATE: Here's a tutorial for how to get rid of armhole gape without adding darts.

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I also wanted to try the tie collar instead of the one that overlaps in the back. I'm really glad I did because it's so cute!

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It also looks very retro, and I was feeling major housewife vibes. So with a little bit of cig 'shopping, here's my best bitchy 1960s housewife impression:


Colette Moneta Dress with Tie Collar

Yes, dear, it's meatloaf again.

32 comments:

  1. Sooooooooooooo cute!!! Dress is perfect and you look so pretty in it!

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    1. thanks!! i think this version has your name written all over it too :]

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  2. mustard is the best! super cute dress

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  3. This is adorable! I love the collar variation and I don't think you can ever go wrong with mustard!

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  4. Very cute - the fit looks great & the color is really fun too - "It looks very much like clothes but feels like pajamas" - this is one of my favorite things in a garment too. Perfect for Mondays. :)

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    1. absolutely, it's EXTREMELY important on Mondays. :]

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  5. I think the fit looks pretty perfect to me :)

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  6. Oh goodness, why isn't everyone making this collar variation, it's the best! Well, second best to your bitchy housewife look.

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    1. haha thanks! maybe bitchy housewife was my missed calling

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  7. Cute! This collar is definitely my favourite one. I just finished my first Moneta (that was supposed to be part of the sewalong, whoops) with that collar, and I've already started my second one. It's such a great pattern!

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    1. me too, I love the ties. and sometimes we just can't stop ourselves when we're sewing... :]

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  8. This is adorable, and so are you!

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  9. I am just going to get started on my Moneta today, using your sew along tips. I always have major armhole gap in purchased and made garments, so I would like to do the tweaking before I make my Moneta and find that it does not fit. What alterations did you do to the bodice to improve the fit?
    Thanks, Jean
    cockburnj@gmail.com

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  10. It looks like a very pretty but comfy dress, so actually it's the perfect dress!

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  11. This is SOO adorable! I really must get the Moneta pattern! And I just found your blog today! Can't stop reading it!!! :)

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  12. I was wondering how's your ponte holding up. Any pilling? I want to order some from Girl Charlee but figured I'd check first.

    Thanks

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    1. it's pilling a little, I've washed it maybe twice so far. so probably moderate on the pilling scale!

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  13. This is so lovely, am well jealous. You are so clever!

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  14. Aah I LOVE this! I just found your blog when I googled colette moneta as I'm about to make it myself and now I want to make this tie version. Did you line the bodice on this?

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    1. Thanks!! I did indeed line it with a cotton/spandex jersey.

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