Have you ever ended up with a fabric and had no idea what you’re going to make out of it? I’m sure you understand. This was one of those fabrics for me. I was completely dazzled b the sparkles. Like a niffler! I wanted the sparkles, but I had no clue what to do with them. Then came the #MonetaParty on Instagram, organised by the Triple Stitchers (sewpositivity, sewabigail and rach_wain) and Colette Patterns. I wasn’t initially sure I’d have time to take part, but then I saw Abi’s sparkly Moneta and knew I had to make my own!
Moneta by Colette Patterns, of course. It was third time lucky for me and Colette Patterns, having tried and failed to make a pair of Juniper trousers and a Macaron dress and having rather a a traumatic time of it for both projects. Moneta, on the other hand, was super easy and I love it! The instructions were easy to follow and the construction is really simple. I think I probably sewed it in about three hours.
I swapped out the gathers for pleats, because I thought it would give the dress a smarter look. I put inverted box pleats where the notches on the front and back skirt are. I’m surprised at how well they’ve worked on such slinky fabric. I also omitted the pockets, again because I didn’t think they were suited to the style of dress. The most exciting thing though (after having a spangly dress to flounce around in, of course) is that I learned to use a twin needle! I’m a little too excited about this, and now that I’ve cracked it I’ll be a twin needle fiend. Sadly, because I used matching thread (silly me!), nobody can admire my handiwork on this dress, but just wait until I have the chance for contrasting topstitching!
The fabric was an absolute bargain – a grand total of £4.48 for two metres in the Textile Centre January sale. The pattern was about £10, and I already had everything else I needed. Less than £15 for a party dress – win! 😀