I’ve really been into sewing with knits the past couple of weeks. Summer in Charleston is so hot and I really just want to be in something that is comfy, breathable, less fitted, and less restricting. So far I’ve made this Colette Moneta, 3 Colette Mabels (really need to get some pics of them), 2 Megan Nielsen Briar tops, and another See Kate Sew Penelope Peplum. I’ve had a hard time getting pictures of my makes lately. Most of my evenings have been spent in gym clothes at the beach or at the dog park. It’s hot, so my hair is usually up and I’m not wearing a lot of make-up. I’m on summer break and I just don’t feel like getting fixed up!
I’m really excited about my Moneta, so I fixed myself up and made a point to get some pics. I purchased the floral fabric from Girl Charlee and the polka dots from The Fabric Fairy. I had planned to make the entire dress out of the polka dots, but I was pre-washing a load of knits and I saw the 2 together as I took them out of the dryer. I fell in love with how they looked together and I’m so happy with the finished product. I sewed up a size small and the fit is great! I even learned a couple new techniques from Colette while making this dress. The skirt is gathered using clear elastic, which made for very consistent gathers and a more stable waistline. The bodice is also fully lined and uses a neat trick to cleanly finish the armholes. You can find more information about these techniques on the Colette blog. The extra pictures on the blog really helped me make sure I was doing the technique correctly. This such a comfortable dress and so easy to wear during the hot summer months. It will of course look cute with a cardigan (maybe hot pink?) for the cooler months. I just ordered some knit fabric from Wanderlust to make another one! I really want to add the collar to one and I’ll definitely be adding the sleeves for some dresses in the fall.
Piper is not digging the heat either!