With so many cute Colette Monetas all over the web, I kept going back and forth on whether to try it. I reasoned that gathers all around my waist are not a good look for me. Then I read comments saying that the skirt is shaped and the gathers are very soft and flattering, so finally decided to give it a go. Well, I tried the gathers, and as expected, they made me look stumpy. I considered replacing them entirely with pleats similar to the ones in the Michelle skirt, but finally decided that I simply needed to break them up at center front. They look fine in the back.
So, I undid the middle portion and put in two pleats. This creates two soft vertical lines in the front which I find lengthening and flattering.
I used a cotton double knit in a mango color which is quite substantial, but also very easy to work with. I'm not even certain this dress is finished! I lengthened the skirt portion so I could hem it at whatever length seemed best once the dress was done, but for now the edge is raw. I kind of like it like that. I think I'll wear it this way for a while and then decide if I want to hem it.
As you can see, Bordeaux is a biking city :)
Here, with the wind blowing, you can really see those pleats. They are stitched down about 8 cm, which helps keep the front flat.
The Moneta has notches around the waist line so you can easily match up the skirt and bodice. I measured the distance from center front to notch on both the front bodice and front skirt. The excess in the skirt became a pleat.
I also made a few adjustments to the front bodice. I muslined the bodice only, and found there was lots of excess fabric pooling in the upper chest area. To remedy this, I scooped out the front armcye. I also shortened the armscye taking several centimeters off the sides, tapering to nothing at the waistline (I also straightened the sides. The Moneta's front bodice has rounded side seams, which might be a good idea for larger busts, but with my B cup, it just caused ripples at the sides). I also reduced the width of the sleeves which were very big on me in the size S.
Feels like Summer now. I'll be sewing easy packable pieces for a while. What are you sewing for Summer?
More Summer dresses: Silk Tunic Dress, Simple T shirt Dress