Spotted Moneta


I’ve been reading the reviews of this Colette Patterns dress for some time and decided that it might be a really useful addition to my summer casual wardrobe. I bought the pattern a few months ago and forgot about it until the weekend, when I spent a happy Friday night cutting and sticking and then Saturday making. I found this green and white spot in my stash, leftover from this Bronte top. Perfect. I looked at the pattern sizing and it looked small. Then I read that it’s made with negative ease, a concept which strikes fear into my heart, but I went with my actual size as instructed, and yes, it’s tiiight!


Apart from the need for some weight loss, I love this dress. It’s casual and stylish, and green and spotted, and has pockets – all my boxes ticked.


I decided to do the original collar because I liked the rather charming detail at the back, although I think my execution is somewhat lacking – I was trying hard to align the spots. Now I’ve seen the photographs I might be doing a bit of a revision.


I will make this dress again, but I will lengthen the front bodice a tad, and I will be a bit fussier about the amount of stretch the fabric has. Although I love this spotted fabric, it doesn’t have much stretch, which is why it feels a bit snug.

The details: Pattern is Moneta by Colette Patterns with fabric from Spotlight, bought eons ago. This dress is a quick make, and the use of elastic to gather the waist evenly is clever because it also helps the dress stretch over the body, given how tight it is. I chose the three-quarter sleeves because I wanted this to be a spring dress – although spring abandoned me as soon as I had made it. This is a casual dress that looks dressy enough for work or lunch or shopping.

Oops, I just discovered a tailor’s tack in the pocket after I clicked the remote on the camera.




7 thoughts on “Spotted Moneta

  1. I love your take on Moneta. I’m just about to give it a try and yours looks fantastic. The fitting seems perfect and, no, you don’t need to loose weight. You are truly beautiful!

  2. This is perhpas my favourite of your dresses, Sue. I love the colour and the cut and unlike you, I do not think it looks tight. The fit looks great in the photos. This dress would not look good if the bodice were loose.

    Really suits you and the the 3/4 sleeves are just perfect.

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