Introducing my own Moneta!
I lengthened the skirt so that I could use all of those lovely stripes in the fabric. I bought this two way stretch from Minerva Crafts last year, but unfortunately they no longer stock it.
Here are a few close ups of the details on this dress. I used my body measurements and the guidelines on the back of the pattern to cut a 2XL for the bodice and a 3XL for the skirt.
The stripes in the blacker end of the fabric get wider and wider so I used those stripes for the sleeves and the back, whilst trying to continue the stripes used in the skirt over my bust.
On the Colette website there are five additional collars that you can download for free. I used one of these.
The collar is attached in a bit of an awkward way, but it is a very clever idea once I got the hang of it. In the two photos above you can see that the stitching to attack the collar is now hidden by the collar on the outside of the dress, leaving the inside of the dress with a neat fold.
Here you can see the thickness of the stripes that were at the top of the fabric. I didn't have quite enough fabric to have the back matching the front, but at least they tie in with the sleeves.
See my attempt at stripe matching in the seams, and I went with white pockets for a wee peak of contrast!
I always find seeing the backs of garments to be very informative, so here is a full length shot of the back, mind you it is also the more flattering of the four awful back photos that we took.
Two new skills learnt
Not only did I learn how to attach a collar on my overlocker but I also learnt how to do a waistband using clear elastic. This is my first ever garment using the overlocker! The instructions in the pattern said to stretch out the elastic onto the skirt and baste it. I first tried this on my sewing machine with the jersey needle and the correct width of zig zag, and this is what happened:
|A stabilised and gathered skirt,|
fully attached to the bodice! Yay!
|The Colette Guide to Sewing with Knits|
by Alyson Clair
I love this dress, and I loved learning new skills to make it. Here are a couple more shots of the dress to finish with.
And the final shot - my Mister's favourite so I had to include it.
Firstly, a twirl of happiness to say "Thank You" to the lovely ladies of the Curvy Sewing Collective who have been doing the blog tour of Colette's two new patterns. They have inspired me to embrace my current figure instead of ignoring it and motivated me to get back into sewing garments.
|A white hem on a maxi dress!!! Crazy!|
But if it gets really dirty in the future
I will be able to cut it to knee length!