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Floral Moneta

Colette Patterns Moneta in John Kaldor Floral Jersey

It’s been a super busy week! Admittedly, that’s how I like them – if there’s a gap in my week I’ll soon find a way to fill it. I’m off to London tomorrow morning for a friend’s birthday, followed by a trip to Yarnporium on Sunday.

Colette Patterns Moneta in John Kaldor Floral Jersey

A copy of Johnny Marr’s autobiography arrived yesterday so I’ll be making a start on it, on the train journey to London. Receiving it has sent me on a The Smiths/Morrissey binge (even more than normal, that is) – I’ve been watching endless YouTube videos. On that topic, this little clip is my all time favourite footage of The Smiths. They change periodically, but – currently at least – my favourite songs are Back to the Old House, Stretch Out and Wait, and Break Up the Family. The intro music on my vlog is an 8-bit-style version of Back to the Old House, which I created using some free software.

Colette Patterns Moneta in John Kaldor Floral Jersey

Ahem, on to sewing! This is Colette Patterns’ Moneta Dress in John Kaldor Portia Fabric; both pattern and fabric were kindly supplied by Sew Essential. I think this specific fabric is out-of-stock, as I’ve taken a while sewing this up, but Sew Essential have a selection of patterned jerseys.

Lucy from Sew Essential has recently blogged her own Moneta in one of their range of coloured wool jerseys, which looks great. The wool jerseys would also be perfect for an Emery or Sudley.

Colette Patterns Moneta in John Kaldor Floral Jersey

I cut out size XS at the bust, graded to S at the waist and hips. The collar is the Tie Collar from the free Moneta extras pack. I was tempted into adding this collar by Devon’s gorgeous Moneta, which is one of those blogged projects that has stayed with me ever since I read the blog post. These trousers by Jennifer Lauren are another example – absolutely perfect, and I’ve been meaning to copy them since the post was published, which apparently was three and a half years ago! It really is true that time seems to pass quicker the older you get. I can remember feeling days drag by as a teenager – almost certainly because I spent an awful lot of time doing absolutely nothing. I remember spending an awful lot of time napping…

Colette Patterns Moneta in John Kaldor Floral Jersey

These photos were taken in the lovely Cannon Hill Park; I’m also wearing my hand-knit Hancock Cardigan and a beret which I’ve had for so long I’ve forgot its provenance.

Colette Patterns Moneta in John Kaldor Floral Jersey

Enjoy the weekend – I hope you also have fun plans. And, for the sake of my bank balance, please cross your fingers for me to show some restraint at Yarnporium. I don’t have a huge amount of faith in myself…

Colette Patterns Moneta in John Kaldor Floral Jersey

Colette Patterns Moneta in John Kaldor Floral Jersey

Colette Patterns Moneta in John Kaldor Floral Jersey

Colette Patterns Moneta in John Kaldor Floral Jersey

Colette Patterns Moneta in John Kaldor Floral Jersey

Disclaimer: I was provided with the Moneta pattern and fabric by Sew Essential, all opinions expressed are my own.

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Spotty Zinnia

Handmade Colette Patterns Zinnia Skirt
I was inspired to make a Zinnia skirt by the sew-along being run The Stitchery in Glasgow. I knew right away that I wanted to make version 3 – the lined version that can be made in a lighter, see-through fabric. I love a good patterned polyester me:)

Having perused  Barry’s Fabrics I settled on this John Kaldor polyester. It’s navy blue with an irregular pink spot pattern. As you can see the fabric is quite see through so I lined it using a dark blue lining fabric.
Handmade Colette Patterns Zinnia Skirt
Once I’d cut out the fabric for my Zinnia I used what was left over to make an Afternoon Blouse (which I was determined to make from stash fabric). So I could actually dress head to toe in this fabric, but that would look wrong…
Handmade Colette Patterns Zinnia Skirt
I have to admit to a couple of errors during the making of this skirt. I had attached my skirt pieces together and sewn the pleats in place when I luckily decided to test the fit of the skirt and found that it was definitely going to be too small. It only just fit around me with no seam allowance left over and I still had the zipper to attach. So…I unpicked two pleats from the back of the skirt, one from each side. That put me back on track but when I came to attach the waistband I found that was also too small. I’d used up all my fabric (between the Zinnia and my Afternoon Blouse) but just managed to cut a new waistband from the largest scrap in my fabric bin! I’m not entirely sure If I cut this out one size too small or if my pleats were too large or what. I know other bloggers have had issues with the waistband being too small, but not sure anyone else has found the whole skirt too small!
Handmade Colette Patterns Zinnia Skirt
Other than sizing issues this came together well and I’ve been wearing it tons since finishing so it’s definitely a successful addition to my wardrobe.
Handmade Colette Patterns Zinnia Skirt