Saturday, July 26, 2014

Ikat Moneta

You would think after having made 4 Monetas (2 for myself, one for my mom, and one for my Nan) that I could make them in my sleep.  And while this could be true (operating a sewing machine under drowsy conditions could make for a precarious situation), I have to admit that this last Moneta sucked.  Pour quoi?  The fabric.  Ugh, this fabric.

I'd ordered it from Girl Charlee as soon as it came back in stock.  A gorgeous ikat knit with lots of drape, it felt so wonderful when I removed it from the packaging the day it arrived in the mail.  But then I tried to sew with it, and my dreams were crushed.

This fabric stretched and swished and draped and moved all around, which hardly made for an enjoyable sewing experience.  It took me several sessions to get this dress sewn together, which is nuts. My frustration level rose even higher when the bodice shell was stretched and sewn askew onto the bodice lining.  I spent several weeks playing with the bodice trying to come up with a solution.  In the end I simply folded the front neckline over toward the lining and hand stitched it, hoping to account for some of the askew-ness.  Best solution I could come up with.

This is hardly indicative of my best work (I was so fed up with working this fabric that I didn't even hem the skirt),  but if you don't look too closely it still manages to look kind of cute.  And bonus: the dress is super comfortable due to the fabric.  Touch√© fabric, touche.

And here are a few pictures of my mom and her dog, Jackson:

Pattern: Colette Moneta
Fabric: Ikat knit from Girl Charlee.  I don't recall what type of knit fabric this is, which is the real issue. I've sewed joyously with other knits from Girl Charlee.
Size: Medium
Alterations: None, until the end when I had to make some fixes.
Photos of me taken by: my mom.  <3 p="">

1 comment:

  1. Your dress looks pretty cute in these pictures. Sorry to hear that the fabric was so difficult to work with. I wish we could tell ahead of time that this might be the case. Unfortunately, that doesn't always seem to be the case.