Sewing Project: Grassy Green Moneta


Green Moneta Dress Mint Green Sewing Machine
 I’m pretty excited about this dress, because not only is it my first Moneta dress, but it’s actually one of the very first knit projects I’ve ever sewn!
Learning to sew with knits is one of the goals I set for myself this year, and I bought the pattern over a month ago when it first came out, along with the Colette Guide to Sewing with Knits. I was really eager to give it a try, but at the time I had so much to do preparing for my booth at the Stitch Market that I had to put this project on the back burner for awhile.
Green Moneta Dress Mint Green Sewing Machine
 It wasn’t until I did some testing on another knit pattern this week (which I’m super excited to share with you once it comes out!) that I felt finally confident to try out the Moneta. I used a cotton/rayon/spandex blend jersey from Jo-Ann Fabrics that is super soft and drapey. The collar is made from a more stable (less stretchy) off-white cotton/polyester blend. I’m happy to report that it went sewed up pretty well with only a few minor issues, and I’ve already got two more versions of this dress planned! It really comes together quickly, which is nice.
Green Moneta Dress Mint Green Sewing Machine
 One of the most exciting things about this pattern for me is all of the collar variations that are offered as a free download. There are so many possibilities! I decided to do this one with the tie collar, and I love the look of it but I’m constantly adjusting it to make sure the serging isn’t showing (you can actually see it in the picture, grr!), so I might tack it in place with a few little stitches.
Green Moneta Dress Mint Green Sewing Machine
Another great feature is the pockets! I love dresses with pockets and I often add them to those that don’t have them in the pattern. They’re super cute and practical too.
Green Moneta Dress Mint Green Sewing Machine
 This project made me really happy with my decision last year to buy a new serger. I know it would be perfectly do-able to sew on my regular machine, but the serger makes it so easy to sew and finish seams all at once. I signed up for a serger class at my local community college which starts up next month and I’m really eager to learn some more cool stuff I can do with it.
Here are the essentials:
Size: Large
Fabric: Cotton/Rayon/Spandex blend jersey
Modifications: lengthened skirt by 4 inches
I hope you enjoyed this post! Have any of you made Moneta?