Fall Moneta

Along with fall starting, I got a lovely cold/flu thing and have been existing on the couch or next to the stove as I wait for my tea. I have a trail of kleenex and bottles of cold fx everywhere between the couch and the kitchen.

This is the current state of me:

Not pictured: Piles and piles of kleenex

I sip from my “Little Miss Fun” mug because coughing and sneezing is so much fun!

I actually really love this mug and feel happy drinking from it. 😀

The night before I got sick, I sewed this up in such a crabby mood. I had plans of making a tie to go along with the dress, but was so tired. Turns out I was sick!

I hope to still make the tie. A long black one that I can tie in a bow and use for many different dresses.

This is the start of FESA (Fall Essentials Sew Along) with a Fabulous Frock! A Fall Colette’s Moneta.


Oh and I dyed my hair red!

This is the first piece of orange clothing I’ve ever owned in my life and I made it. I adore it. I am also sew pleased with how this long-sleeve Moneta worked out (not so sick I can’t make a pun). The fabric is the only disappointment and the fact that my clear elastic snapped and I didn’t replace it (hence the belt to make it better). The fabric has less recovery after washing. Has that ever happened to you? It was fine in the store, but then I washed it and bam…. Doesn’t want to recover. Oh well. The only place where this is a big issue is in the waist and that will be remedied once I put the elastic in.

Oh man, I am so sick in this picture. I’d just come home mid-day from work and was like: “I better just take the pictures right now, because I’m only going to look worse over the next few days.” I can barely muster a smile. I tried harder in the next pic, but it was tough. I just slept the rest of the day after this.

Back to the garment.

In the interest of making this a warm dress (even though I am Canadian I cannot stand the cold), other than making the sleeves long with a lovely cuff to them, I also fully lined the bodice with the same orange fabric. It’s basically like wearing a comfy sweater dress. Perfect with a pair of tights for fall.

With the long sleeves and lined bodice, the neckline ends up being a very wide scoop neck. I have to add bra strap holders to prevent slippage for my work. I would definitely make the neckline smaller for the next version. I also have an idea of making another Moneta into a turtle neck and really maximizing the warmth.


I think this is my favourite Moneta yet. Mostly because the colour is so outside what I normally wear, but it’s a colour I’ve been wanting to wear for a reallllly long time. I also really love the autumn/Halloween vibe to it. The hair colour change helps the colour look good on me. I am curious whether the colour would look okay with my natural blonde hair. When I got the fabric, I looked in a mirror with it and it seemed okay with the blonde hair, but looks so so good with the red.


Here is where I leave you. Back to tea and making piles of kleenex.

I’m basically Howl in this scene from Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle:


19 thoughts on “Fall Moneta

  1. Yowza! The red hair looks fantastic, especially with your new orange dress. You’re so autumnally chic! It was such a good idea to add more orange into your wardrobe. This dress rocks!

    Also, I hope you feel better soon! Fecking colds.

    1. Thanks so much, Mary! 🙂 Autumnally chic is my new catch phrase. 😀

      Colds are the worst! I’m on the mend, though.

    1. I do like orange and the dress is so comfy. Like a big sweater. Thanks so much. I’m definitely on the mend. 🙂 Hugs!

  2. Love the dress and the colour is just wow! Love it.

    I have yet to sew the Moneta. We are coming into spring here, so I really should. It would be such a versatile addition to my wardrobe.

    1. Thanks so much, Michelle! 🙂
      I definitely recommend the Moneta. It’s relatively easy to sew together and has some great collar and sleeve variations that ensure that making several of them doesn’t mean having the same dress. 🙂
      Oh Spring, I am envious of you Southern Hemisphere people!

  3. That dress is truly the epitome of fall! I think you’ve found your shade of orange as I think it looks great on you. I love the way you’ve accessorize as well. I hope by now you’re feeling better!!

    1. Thanks, Tanya! 😀 I will have to restrain myself from making everything in this shade of orange. Must. Learn. Restraint. 😉

      I’m almost 100% better. 🙂

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