So I've made a second Colette Moneta.
I fell in love with Caroline's maxi dress, and I really wanted the fabric, which is Valorie Wells Sea Glass knit. I couldn't find it in the UK and believe it or not I bought it from the USA. Crazy! I'm not sure it is the right fabric for this dress because it is so soft, in fact the only garments I think it really is suited to are pyjamas, but very expensive ones! It looks OK for now, but I don't think it will wash and wear well.
I wanted to try adding a cream collar, but found it really difficult to find a suitable weight of cream knit, so I tried one collar from a thin knit, it looked floppy and insubstantial and one from ponte which looked like a puritan collar. So I gave up and decided to just bind the neck (I used the binding pattern from the Lady Skater's pattern just 2" shorter), which seemed to work.
This is a great pattern except for the gathering the skirt method, which is almost impossible to do with only two hands. You are supposed to stretch clear elastic to gather. I tried just gathering with a long stitch first, but that wasn't effective so went back to the clear elastic method. It was OK, but very fiddly. The bodice is a great fit and very flattering. I am going to include photos of me in the dress, but apologies the quality is poor, I can't be bothered to crop them and there is a strange posing thing going on! Still not used to using the remote!
I will get better at self-photos, promise. Otherwise it's not been a great two weeks, I been feeling unwell for 10 days, just a virus but rather tiring, but much worse my lovely cat Meg has not been home for more than two weeks. She has never stayed away before so I fear the worst. We got Meg and her kitten Jess from a rescue home 6 years ago and she is a lovely, loving cat whose strangest habit was coming for walks with us. She is very missed.