Moneta Monday?

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)

Moneta

Now remember,  Moneta is Colette Pattern’s pattern of the month.  And  there is a 20%. discount if you want to buy it this month too- marvelloso! Follow that link!

Moneta

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.

Moneta

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!).

Moneta

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.

Blade needs changing

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!

Moneta

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!

28 thoughts on “Moneta Monday?

  1. susan

    Its lovely! And the colour is great! I have the pattern and the fabric ready to go – just got to break through my ‘moneta block’ first!

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  2. Kelly

    Lovely dress Winnie! I am also a sucker for anything teal (or turquoise!). Although I seem to come across quite a lot of it, and then end up buying it all…oops!

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  3. Sable

    Hi!! Love this dress!! You make me want to buy this pattern. I love dresses that snug at the waist and flare. The drape is pretty and I love teal as well! I checked out the others you made and I love the polka dots (my fav) and the way you used different styles. I’m inspired and I thank you!!

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  4. Amy

    It’s such a pretty colour and the collar makes it so ladylike! Lovely stuff all round. I’ve also had issues with thick knit and my overlocker blade — it’s stomach lurching stuff

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      It is stomach lurching! I felt like I needed to get all forceful on it too, until I recognised it wouldn’t make any difference…if the blade don’t want to cut, the blade don’t cut!

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  5. Sophie-Lee

    Ugh, I have the same problem with not knowing which is front from back on a lot of my knits – I generally have to hold it up to see which side has the deeper scoop (I’ve raised the back neckline for all my Monetas). I keep telling myself to put a bit of ribbon in, and keep forgetting – though the one time I did do it, it’s REALLY helpful.

    And, no wonder you grab up all the teal – it looks lovely on you!

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  6. Amanda

    Well, I learned something today! I had no idea interlock was the same on both sides – how cool! 🙂 I love this colour on you, and your dress is lovely 🙂 Great idea for working at home wear – I am really bad for being a bum in my PJ’s when I work from home, and I know it’s naughty LOL

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  7. Allison

    playing catch-up with everyone’s blogs — I love your monetas! (this and the flowered one) they turned out beautifully. If the collar rising up a little bothers you, maybe put some beads around the edge? Or clear buttons beneath? I had a problem with a gaping neckline, and I ended up flipping it into a mini-collar and am putting beads on to make it look like a style feature instead.

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  8. Anneli

    What lovely fabric! I have just brought some interlock from the Village Haberdashery. I didn’t know anything about the fabric other than it felt like double knit and thick enough for me to practise my first knit with so your explanation really helps (especially that both sides look identical! How to work out which is the right side?!). Would have loved it in teal but ended up with a mustardy colour called “warm olive” . interlock feels really great, so soft. Really looking forward to using and then seeing about getting me some teal like you used!

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      I think you’ll enjoy working with it! And then the wearing will be lovely too! As for which side is the right side….I was like you! I ended up trying to keep to the same side as the outside, but am not sure you could really tell, & I could have even got confused & mixed them up…would I be able to tell?! Apparently not 🙂

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