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Moneta by Colette Patterns Sewing Pattern Review by Amy

When looking for a new pattern to make there are so many options out there. Typically my eye gets drawn to the flashy and complicated ones but this time I wanted something classic. This is the Moneta Sewing Pattern by Colette Patterns and is described as a simple knit dress that works for every season and every occasion. I've read what seems like a hundred reviews and it seems like everyone has already made this. Why did I pick it? I've noticed more and more lately that I tend to get more wear out of the simple patterns because they are so versatile. You can sew this up in a solid color then dress it up with jewelry, or pick a crazy print and have some fun! I've seen other sewists make this in fancier fabrics for evening wear too. I needed a pattern that I know I'll go back to and use multiple times. The Moneta is exactly that.
This is only the second Colette Sewing Pattern I've ever made, the first was the Parfait - which I liked but seemed to have some fit issues right out of the gate. This one, however, had none of those issues. The Moneta is very straightforward and is a breeze to put together. The pattern comes in seven different sizes (XS-3XL) and three different variations. Version 1 is sleeveless, lined bodice and a narrow collar. Version 2 and 3 are both unlined and almost the same, except for the length of sleeves. I choose version 2. All three have more of a wider boatneck neckline, which is honestly my least favorite thing about the pattern. I knew this going in but thought maybe this time I would like boatneck. I still don't. Next time around I will change that a bit because I hate having to wear my bra straps far over and them feeling like they are slipping off my shoulders. 
Since this pattern is a knit dress there is a bit of leeway in the sizing. My measurements at the time were 36-32-40 and according to Colette sizing that means I should pick small-large-medium. I ended up making a small in the bust and graded out to large in both the waist and hips. The hips portion didn't really matter much since this skirt is gathered at the waist. I wanted to make sure I choose the right size for the waist because I didn't want extra material in the gathers. Sometimes gathering at the waist can make you look a couple sizes larger, but I don't feel like that's the case with this one. Grading on this pattern is very simple and direct, I had no issues. 
For the entire pattern I used my overlock machine but you can easily use a regular sewing machine with a zig zag stitch. To finish the neckline the directions ask you to fold in the neckline and to use a coverstitch machine or twin needle, I used my coverstitch machine. I realize most people don't have one and I've honestly never been able to master the twin needle, you could just use a zig zag stitch on the neckline, sleeves and bottom hem. Before I had the coverstitch machine that's what I did and I never had any issues, just make sure to press the area really good when you are finished.
Usually I have alterations for patterns but this time I wanted to follow directions since there are so many raving reviews. I figured why not just make it as intended and go from there? The only part I didn't follow was that the pattern asked for clear elastic for the waistline and I used regular braided elastic instead. Since that elastic is a bit stretchy I cut 28". Like I said before though, future versions will have a smaller neckline. My favorite part of this dress is the pockets. Pockets need to be in every garment, every time. Sometimes pockets can add bulk and look a bit unflattering but in this dress the gathers hide the pocket bulk perfectly. I didn't have to make any alterations to the size of the pockets either, they fit my gigantic phone perfectly.
The fabric I choose from Minerva Crafts is this amazing Art Gallery Knit Fabric. I've used this before when making a jacket for my son and adore it. The fabric is a medium weight with just the right amount of spandex, so it's a breeze to sew with and the fit is lovely. I did prewash and there was minimal shrinkage. I really liked the pattern on this fabric because of the hints of blue and coral. I'm imagining wearing this to work with a pretty coral cardigan - I just have to make that next! So, that-being-said, this dress is work appropriate and super comfortable.
Overall, this is a great pattern and I wouldn't change anything but maybe the neckline. It's a quick sew, something you could make on a Saturday to wear for that evening or work on Monday. I didn't have any fit issues or have to make any alterations, even when I make the neckline alterations in the future, those will be quite simple. You can easily dress this up or down for a casual dress. I love that you can use any knit with a little stretch, you could make a heavier weight dress for winter and pair this with some cute leggings and a jacket. I have a feeling there will be a few of these in my closet before the end of the year. 
Thanks for reading,
Any @ That's Sew Amy

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