Friday, September 5, 2014

Polka Dot Moneta Dress

Colette Moneta Dress

This dress ain't nothin new in the blogosphere, it's another Colette Moneta and I made it a few months ago as part of the sewalong. But oh hey, yesterday was the first time I actually wore it in real life.

Colette Moneta Dress

I was originally a teensy bit turned off by the fabric - I ordered it online and it's a little stiff and unstretchy, and also printed off grain. It's the same fabric as my Moneta Peplum Top detailed in this post. But after wearing it for a day it's really not so bad.

No real pattern notes here, except things I've said before - I really think the Moneta is both super cute and very comfortable. Also I love the lower neckline in the back.

Colette Moneta Dress

I cut according to the grain for this one, and as a result the polka dots are all kind of slanty and falling off to one side. Which really doesn't matter because no one will notice, but if I were to do it again I would cut according to the polka dot rows. After all, appearances are more important than integrity. [Ok, maybe not in EVERY circumstance, but definitely when making polka dot dresses.]

Colette Moneta Dress

So to help me feel better about my polkas askew, I wore a belt. And this red belt is not just any old belt, let me tell you.

Colette Moneta Dress

Bear with me while I launch into a tale - when I was a kid, I showed Quarter Horses. Horses are not in my life any more, so when I have the opportunity to experience something horsey, I take full advantage.

Several years ago, there was a big convention called The Equine Affaire in Pomona, CA, which is just outside LA. I dragged my then-boyfriend to a full day of seminars, demonstrations and vendor shopping all geared towards the horse person. As we were in a giant building browsing through the many booths of the vendors, I came upon one filled with show clothes from a company I remembered  from my youth in Ohio. They had a rack of second hand clothes so I absently started flipping through.

One of the first things was a bright red ultrasuede belt. I flipped it over.

IT HAD MY NAME ON IT.

I do not exaggerate when I say that there was a rush of blood to my head and everything around me went dim. It was a belt that I had shown in when I was twelve years old, over two thousand miles away and more than a decade past. And it was just randomly right there in front of me, in my hand.

Colette Moneta Dress

I took the belt up to the vendor and told her I was going to buy it, because, um, it used to be mine? When I was a little kid? And I explained.

And she said, you don't have to buy it, you should just have it. Take it with you.

Colette Moneta Dress

So I took the belt home, and it's mine again. Whoever wore it in between, I'll never know. But I'm sure it witnessed as much of their blood, sweat and tears as it did mine.

Colette Moneta Dress

And just for some photographic evidence, here I am in 1998, age 12, wearing said belt [with a different buckle]. I'm sitting on Gilligan, a handsome bay gelding whose many talents including knowing how to take a bow [but only if you had a carrot]. His registered name was Island Fever. Get it?

Gordyville Feb 98

23 comments:

  1. LOVE your belt story, and it looks reLly cute with your dress! Perfect!

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  2. That story is so crazy - I love little coincidences like that!
    And the dress is great, I don't think the off grain printing is distracting (although it's super annoying that you can't see problems like this when you order online...grrr)

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  3. That is a GREAT story! Haha small world :)

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  4. Cute dress, and I love the belt story :)

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  5. OMG! okay, when I saw the belt I was like, oh, that is SO Devon. but then the story! what?! it was actually your belt from when you were a kid?! that's amazing!!! love the dress and it's even better with the belt! oh, and I didn't notice that the dots were off grain at all!

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  6. love the dress and woah, awesome belt story! How cool is that?!

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  7. You really can't tell that the dots are off-grain due to the lovely movement of the fabric. It looks fabulous. And as for that belt - what an amazing tale! The colour really pops!

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  8. OH MY GAH, the photo of you in your show uniform!!! So good! Love this!

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  9. I was going to write a comment about your super cute dress but then I got so sucked into your belt story that I forgot the post was even about a dress for a second there haha! Dude, that IS SO COOL!! I mean what are the odds?! That's gotta make you think about the alignment of stars and no coincidences or gravitational pulls on the earth's tide or something ...because that's just incredible. Such a good story. ...and also a good belt.

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    1. i know!! maybe finding the belt was my destiny just so i could wear it with this dress. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN

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  10. My VERY FIRST thought upon seeing the first picture in this post, " What an AWESOME belt!" Annnnnnnd I love love love polka dots. So basically this whole post was looking at happy clothes. :-D Glad you finally wore that cuteness out.

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  11. What a great dress. I love the story about your belt but what I find unfair is that you can still fit into a belt that you wore when you were 12. I cant even fit into the clothes that I wore last summer. ;)

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    1. haha! i wore it on the last hole when i was 12 and now it will only fit [very tightly] on the first hole with a really wide buckle...but i'll take it!

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  12. Cute dress! And I didn't even notice the off-kilter polka dots even after you mentioned it. That outfit needs a pair of funky cowboy boots and a show buckle! :-)

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  13. That is The. Best. Story. Evah!

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  14. OH my gosh, best dress/belt ever. This picture is making me sooooo happy right now!

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  15. The story behind your belt is gold! And it pairs wonderfully with that polka-dot Moneta. The whole look is lovely!

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  16. O.o
    Really? that is crazy! indeed!

    you are the only person who can see polka dots aren't aligned. it's so pretty.

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  17. Awesome story! Adorable dress! Ohio pride! Really, this entire post just makes me so happy :)

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