Fortunately, my mom and I are just about the same size, so I could try the dress on and know more or less whether it would fit her. It also helped that I had her try on my earlier Monetas and knew that they worked on her. For this version, I chose the original version 1 with a self-lined bodice and the collar that comes with the pattern. This collar has an interesting detail on the back, rather than the front.
The fabric is a polyester/spandex blend knit from Joann’s. When I was shopping for fabric for this dress, I saw two fabrics that reminded me of my mom: this black and white polkadot knit and a floral knit with pinks and purples on a cream background. I texted my mom to ask whether she likes polka dots or florals better, trying to be covert about making her a birthday present. In typical mom fashion, she replied “yes.” I was on my own, so I bought plenty of each fabric and took a few weeks to consider my options. Obviously, I ended up going with the polka dots. I’m thinking about making either a dress or a cardigan out of the floral fabric.
This dress came together pretty quickly. Since I’ve made it twice before, it was a piece of cake. I made it entirely on my sewing machine, using a zig-zag stitch for all seams, and the twin needle for the hem.