I have been wearing my stripy Colette Moneta
non-stop since I made it, and I was looking for a quick and easy project, so I present to you…
… the Moneta maxi!
I adjusted the pattern – I simply cut at the lengthen line, and made the skirt about 44 inches long, keeping the same angle of flare to give myself maximum swoosh – and sewed it up in less than 3 hours. And that included re-inserting the lining at the armhole once (when you pinch those seam allowances make sure you do it the right way round…).
I used a very lightweight jersey I got from Girl Charlee
an age ago. When I first got it I was disappointed that it wasn’t really thick enough to make a wrap dress, but I realized that the lined bodice on the Moneta and gathered skirt pieces would be the perfect match for it. Not to mention the crazy, crazy pattern…
I gave a bit of thought to the pattern placement, and decided that instead of trying to avoid putting the black diamonds on my chest, I’d use the big zig-zag as the centre of the pattern instead.
To be perfectly honest I only made a cursory attempt at pattern matching (this was a quick project, after all!) but it seems to have worked out alright-ish. If I ever worry about that, I try to remind myself that before I started sewing I had literally never ever noticed pattern matching before, so it’s unlikely anyone else will!
I adore wearing maxis in the summer, and I can tell this is going to become a staple. I want to try making a faux-wrap bodice, and also a big scoop at the back.
Have you made your Monetas yet dear readers? Are you going to maxi it up?
And don’t forget the Curvy Colette Blog Tour is still going on! Check out Sophie Lee’s fantastic Mabels at Two Random Words today, and head over to Mary at Young, Broke & Fabulous next week!