I am going through a dark floral phase at the moment and loving it! This viscose jersey from Minerva is a stretch-jersey with an array of blossoming flowers that caught my eye with its dark navy background that is peppered with sprays of bright orange, turquoise posies. The flowers are interspaced with accent orange colour. 

It is doused in colourful florals - the vivid pink hues really pop against the navy background. The print is quite big and on this occasion I did not pattern match. I would say that if you wanted to pattern match across the seams then it would be a great idea to buy at least an extra yard more than the recommended fabric yardage on your sewing pattern. 

The quality is outstanding. The viscose jersey has a lovely drape that feels quite smooth to the touch. With the amount of elastane in it - it does have about a 20% stretch before the white strands begin to show. It is a dual stretch jersey that can be stretched both ways but has more stretch across the fabric i.e on the cross grain.

Viscose and elastane is the perfect balance between being washable and easy care with a soft smooth finish The vibrancy is maintained even after the initial prewashing. Speaking of washing - the fabric is washed in a 30 degrees wash and tumble dried.

The Moneta dress by Colette patterns  was one of the first knit dresses that I sewed up with knits. Since that fledgling day in 2014, I now have 9 Moneta dresses! 

The Moneta pattern comes in 3 versions. All three versions have a gently curved, wide neckline, a fitted bodice that nips in at the waist, and a shirred skirt that adds volume. The best part is; it has in-seam pockets. I love and need pockets on my garments.

Version 1 is a sleeveless dress with a lined bodice and narrow round collar that laps at the center back. Version 2 has an unlined bodice and short sleeves, while version 3 has an unlined bodice and 3/4-length sleeves.

I sewed Version 2 with the short sleeves. I cut out a size small with a broad shoulder adjustment of 1.5”. This is a normal adjustment for me on Colette patterns. The sizing and fit is just right for the pictures that you see on the Colette site. My pattern is a PDF one which I had no problem putting together. This pattern has been around for a while now so there are many inspiration images you can look at for ideas. I sewed a neckband on the neck to finish it. This was an experiment that paid off IMHO. It doesn't look as neat and perfect but that's ok. The print hides that imperfection well. Another reason for sewing with prints is that the inevitable errors that happen are not as visible.

It is a comfortable and style dress to wear that I have founds easily transitions from day to night look. I love the swishy hem that is especially delightful with heels. A win!

Until next time lovely people –

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