It’s exactly a week since my last Moneta post, and here I am with another one to show you- a Moneta dress (by Colette Patterns) made using some lovely teal interlock from Plush Addict.(Disclaimer I received this fabric free from Plush Addict to review)
Now it’s only recently that I became aware of what interlock actually is, & ask me a couple of months ago what it was, & I would only be able to suggest that it was some kind of jersey, but I had no more knowledge than that. It all changed when I read the article in Seamwork about doubleknits by Alyson Clair & discovered What you clever folk will doubtless already know, that interlock is a kind of double knit (or double knit is a kind of interlock hahaha). She writes, “Interlock jersey is in fact a double jersey, with a smooth surface on each side. The wales of the fabric on each side are alternated, with the back loops knitted together. This means both sides of an interlock will look the same”. And the penny dropped. This interlock is indeed more structured than the Liberty jersey I made my last Moneta out of. It has less drape & it’s one of those knits whose edges behave & don’t curl up. It’s easy to work with, & as you’ll see it gathers easily, so it’s not that thick, in fact it feels like quality t-shirts from M&S that your Mum rates highly. It has less stretch & recovery though, so I would reckon it’s not such a good choice for leggings & truly figure hugging things.
I chose it based on its colour, with a Moneta in mind. I LOVE teal. But it’s one of those colours that are sometimes hard to find, which is why I snap them up when I do find them (& why you might be under the illusion that they are common place based on how often I make things up in teal!).
I have already peeled on about how I have found making the Moneta (easy). I took some photos this time of the elastic waist shirring process.
Fun hey?! Then there was the collar. More on that in a minute, but look what happened.
This is the ugly mess that results in the overlocker blade not being able to cope with the thickness of fabrics. YUK. It persuaded me to get my screwdriver out & replace the blade. Only, when I came to swap the old for the spare (provided at time of purchase), they were different sizes, so I had to put the old one back in. SOB. At least I tried. I won’t be so scared next time.
So, let’s talk about the collar. Once again, I opted for a collar, not wanting the plain turned under neckline. I wanted to make the roll collar, which has been designed with a two piece back. But I just couldn’t shake off the desire to make it without a break in the back, and using the roll back that is used for the tie collar. I am sure there is a practical reason for making both these neckline options split either in the front (the tie) or the back (the roll collar), but perversely I had to find out for myself & potentially make the mistake, ignoring the styles provided & cobbling together the roll collar front & the tie collar back. Nothing special needed for this, since the bodice & neckline shape does not vary, so the collars all fit & are therefore potentially interchangeable. I was preparing myself for a fall however.
Shall I tell you now? Did I make a boo boo? Well I don’t think so….as far as I could guess, the practical reasons for the collar being split in the original designs could be either to make the collar sit down at the back/ front & not flip up. There is a slight tendency for my collar to be a bit perky, but once under a cardigan it gets flattened into submission. The other reason is to tell which is the front & which is the back! Hahaha. I need to sew a ribbon or something into the back as the only way I can tell is to look at the shoulders to see which way the seams are facing!
So that’s my teal Moneta dress. I have three Monetas now, & they are so easy to wear – extremely comfy for working at home too. I could see a sleeveless version in my summer future (with a collar of some description) – but for now, I think three “semi wintry” versions that will also see me into Spring is enough for now- so no Moneta next Monday- promise! Have you see the tips for Moneta month – especially how to bind the edges? I like the sound of that!