Sewing the Moneta Dress (x 3)
|Moneta Dress with 3/4 sleeves|
As far as the actual cutting and sewing is concerned, I definitely recommend a roller cutting blade and mat for maximum speed and ease-- it's easy to whip out 3 or 4 of these in a day if you cut them all at the same time.
When sewing the dress with skirt as-is, meaning I don't swap it out for a circle skirt like I commonly do, pockets are pretty standard with a solid cotton knit. If I sew the dress out of something like a rayon blend or with lots of drape, I won't add pockets because it can affect the way the skirt hangs-- not to mention, a cell phone in the pocket of a stretchy/drapey fabric actually looks strange.
When sewing the sleeveless/collarless version, don't forget to grade the lining fabric. This pulls the seam to the back side and helps keep the lining from rolling out to peek when you have the dress on.
When I sewed my first sleeveless Moneta I felt sort of confused about the way it is constructed-- it feels like some sort of loopy twisted mess, but it's magical when it all comes together with such a clean finish.
|Moneta Dress bodice, inside-out during construction.|
|Moneta Dress, complete.|
|Moneta Dress bodice, close-up finishing of armscye and neckline.|
Here's where I admit something: it might actually be better to just use your sewing machine to sew the elastic in place. I can't say for sure, because I've never bothered to do it that way, because I can't be bothered enough to switch out my jersey/ballpoint twin needle that I use for hemming the skirt, sleeves, and neckline on the unlined versions. I am too lazy to re-thread my machine, and this works well-enough, so there. I have enough sewing machines that I could always leave one set-up as a single-needle knit machine, a double-needle knit machine, and keep my woven-ready machine(s) separate, but I don't have the space for that. Someday, however, I fully intend to have two sewing stations, one of each set up with a serger and sewing machine, so I don't have to switch out jersey needles for sharps or try and remember what I've put in there last-- I just have them both ready to go, depending on the project!
Have you been sewing Moneta dresses too? What is your favorite aspect, and are there any parts of the construction you find challenging?