Moneta for my Momma

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This is my third Moneta.  My previous versions (see here and here) were also black and white, but this one isn’t for me.  I made it as a birthday present for my mom! I was fortunate enough to see my mom the weekend after her birthday and conned her into taking pictures in her new dress, with a pair of heels I brought just for the occasion.

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.

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Pattern: Moneta by Colette Patterns in size extra-small
Cost: 2.5 yards of fabric @ $8.09/yard + clear elastic  from stash + thread from stash = $20.23
Time: 6 hours
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