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?