This is fast becoming an annual tradition for me: a Colette Moneta maxi in a bright colour!
In fact, I was in Colette’s hometown of Portland recently when I spied this “hand-painted” bright green striped jersey at Modern Domestic and it had to be mine. In fact, I liked it so much I bought the entire bolt (sorry not sorry). Expect to see more of it in the future!
To turn it into a maxi, I used the pattern I made last year, which basically involved cutting at the “lengthen/shorten” line on the skirt, spreading it out to the right length, and then continuing the hip curve down so it ends up getting really wide at the hem.
This approach gives it a lot of swoosh, though the A line shape does mean that the skirt stripes don’t end up entirely horizontal. Here I prove I did actually cut them correctly!
Also, as with all my Monetas, the neckline is scooped out quite a bit lower – it’s a much better proportion if you have a big bust. Construction-wise, I skipped the “gathering with clear elastic” method which I’ve never had work for me – instead, I gathered by using my serger turned up to a high differential feed which partially gathered it, and then I pulled on the needle thread to gather it a little more. I’ve never done this before but it was much more accurate than my usual approach! After I sewed the waist seam I then sewed regular elastic to it for support as there’s quite a lot of weight in a maxi length skirt.
There’s nothing I like more in the summer than swooshing around in something floor length, so my only regret is not making it sooner! It’s such a rewarding pattern, especially as it only takes me about 2 hours to make these days.
Are you a fan of maxi-fi-cation? Are there any other patterns that are just screaming out to be maxified? Do tell me, because you know I’m into it.
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