Moneta in a Circle

When I made my first Moneta, I already knew I would be making more of them.  But first, I needed to tweak it a little.

My first issue was the bust.  I had made a straight size L because I was between sizes.  I ended up with a lot of gaping at the underarm and had to take it in quite a bit.  But the waist fit fine.  This time around, I blended from a size M at the bust up to a size L at the waist.  I may need to tweak some more if I make another sleeveless version but this worked great for this short sleeved version.

My second issue was the skirt.  I’m just not in love with gathered skirts on me.  So I drafted a new skirt.  I’ve always found the way striped fabric behaves with a circle skirt fascinating so I decided on that style.  But less full.  Half circle skirt!  So the circumference of the bottom of my bodice had to be the same as the top edge of the skirt.  I made a quarter circle template.  I’ll spare you my calculations because I’m too lazy to find the pi symbol  because I don’t want to bore you.  I drew a straight line down the center (grainline) and then a line perpendicular to that one.  That horizontal line?  That was just a helper to match my stripes at the seam. When I sewed up the skirt, I fell in love with the chevron at the side seams.  So I moved the seams to center front and back when I sewed the skirt to the bodice (I did use clear elastic to stabilize the seam).

Isn’t it so much better on me than that first one?  And isn’t that chevron cool?  Definitely more Monetas in my future!


Creative mommy at home to two wonderful little girls, trying to juggle family, sewing, exercise, family, knitting, photography, and did I mention family?

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4 comments on “Moneta in a Circle
  1. Anonymous says:

    Love this dress!!!! Can you make me one? I am about your size. lol!!!!


  2. Charity says:

    I liked the first one too, but this one does fit you a lot better, and I love what you did with the skirt. That is some excellent stripe matching!


    • Thank you! The stripes were surprisingly easy to match. I drew a line on the pattern pieces and made sure to always put that line on the same stripe (I think I picked a white one). Then, lots and lots of pins to match them up and prevent them from shifting while sewing.


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