You know how sometimes you’ll make a dress even though it’s completely out of season, and then spend months just waiting and waiting for the chance to wear it?
This is one of those dresses.
I picked out the fabric on a rare warm early Spring day and was too excited to wait. Luckily, this was before our trip to Palm Springs, so I managed to get Kenn to snap a few shots of me in it while we soaked in the sunshine.
Fixing fabric woes
This fabric gave me no end of trouble and confusion, though.
- It was cut from the bolt completely off grain.
- The print also seemed to be off grain. That’s why it looks diagonal on the skirt (which I sort of like, actually).
- For whatever reason, the wrong side of the fabric was brighter than the right side!
I recut the fabric piece to get the grain lined up as best I could.
I also decided to sew it with the wrong side of the fabric out, since I thought the wrong side looked much better than the right.
If you encounter fabric like this and prefer the wrong side over the right, don’t be afraid to sew it the “wrong” way. It’s all about the final result and whether you like it.
I positioned the print on the bodice to have that dark stripe across my midriff, under my bust. I think the result is really flattering.
How to make a collarless and sleeveless Moneta
This is version 1 of the Moneta, but I made it without the collar.
If you want to make a collarless and sleeveless Moneta like this, it’s quite easy.
Use the instructions for version 1. All you have to do is sew the lining to the bodice at the neckline with right sides together. This finishes the neck. Then just follow our instructions for the armhole finish in exactly the same way. That’s it!
I really like the clean look of the sleeveless, lined bodice without a collar.
I’ve been wearing this dress this month for Me Made May (follow along here on Instagram) and can’t get enough of it.
Pattern: Moneta version 1, modified to remove the collar
Fabric: Tie-dyed cotton/spandex jersey from Mill End, bodice lined with organic cotton jersey
Shoes: Sven clogs