Moneta Party!

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The Moneta Party’s started! I can share my lovely new dress with you all.I was in two minds whether to join in as I’m supposed to be keeping my pattern and fabric stash under control and I already have the Out and About Dress pattern which is very similar. However the Instagram posts (and amazing prizes) tempted me in. I already had the fabric which is an Observer knit by Art Gallery Fabrics.

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I wore it to work this morning  with this Great Plains waterfall jacket and it was really comfortable. I love the expression ‘Secret Pyjamas’, that’s exactly how it felt to wear! The weather was still a bit cold for my liking but it will be perfect in a couple of months for a dress like this.

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I’m not very fond of having my picture taken so you’ll have to excuse the awkward poses!

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I love the length of the dress, as I’m quite short (5’2″) it’s hard to find dresses the correct length and I spent most of my teenage years in clothes that dragged on the ground. I’m still lazy about hemming shop bought clothes but I make sure I hem my sewing to the correct length for me.

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I made some modifications to the original pattern. I lengthened the sleeves and skirt to full length using the Out and About dress sleeve as a guide. I overestimated the length of the skirt and had to cut some off when I hemmed it.

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I also gathered the skirt and sewed it to the bodice front and did the same with the back pieces before joining the sides. This is because I hate the feeling of elastic digging into my waist, and I didn’t have any clear elastic at home. I might try this technique if I make the dress again though.

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I made a size small but graded the waist to a medium. I was happy with the fitting although the neckline is fairly wide. It does look beautiful and is a bit different to dresses I already have.

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This was my first time using a twin needle and I was surprised to find it was actually quite easy! I was a bit sceptical about finishing the neckline without a facing but am really happy with the result.

I will probably make another one of these soon but will try a shorter length as the maxi length is hard to manage when sewing. Now I’m off to look at all the beautiful Monetas!

7 Comments

  1. Umbareen
    February 24, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! You look so elegant

    • February 27, 2017 / 7:14 pm

      Thank you!

  2. February 24, 2017 / 11:32 pm

    Gorgeous dress! It fits you beautifully, I think I might have to give that pattern a try, I want a secret pyjamas too! 🙂

  3. February 24, 2017 / 11:36 pm

    I just went and had a look at the pattern, and I like your long sleeved, full skirt version better. And I love how the waist sits a bit low on you!

    • February 27, 2017 / 7:14 pm

      Thanks Frida! I just extended the dress pattern to maxi length so didn’t make any major changes to the pattern. I was wondering if I should shorten the bodice a bit next time but it’s quite comfortable as it is.

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