Thursday, 25 April 2019

90's Are Back

And it is official now because I have just sewn a bodysuit. Ok, so I was a teenager in 90's, so I have already tried these back then :
- shiny leggings with large t-shirts and huge sweaters
- high-waisted carrot jeans, of strange colours like light violet
- pinafore trousers/dresses
- bodysuits
and probbly even more, but my memory preferred to delete that

And I do not always have the best souvenirs of this period. So the 90s coming back lately is not making me particularly happy. I have seen pinafores everywhere but still do not want to wear them again, I just associate it too much with pregnant women. Leggings are a sports-only option for me, fortunately.

I do not wear jeans anymore so I do not need to ask myself whether I buy high-waisted or low-rise :o)

However, as chilly as I am all the time, I thought that having a bodysuit is actually great idea. I used some coton-lycra which had some nice 4-way stretch.

Having sewn two Nettie dresses this year, I used Nettie bodysuit pattern because I am just sooo in love of this pattern. It is such a great basic and yet, so versatile. And I know I am so late on the Nettie bandwagon, but I cannot help myself.
Not so easy to take a decent picture of a bodysuit.

Honestly, I wanted to have a deep back but then, the bodysuit will be worn during a period when I will again be very chilly, so I was being reasonable and sewed a standard one, with long sleeves.
I must say, I am sold on that one, it is just the perfect length and width, the right amount of stretch and it creates a very nice silhouette.

So yes, this one is a basic one, but a great basic!

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Monetta - my thoughts

So I seem to be rediscovering some good old patterns which have already done their tour of the blogosphere. Here is another one: Moneta dress from Colette patterns.

I wanted another jersey dress for those days when you just do not feel like wearing something very sophisticated but you want to look put up. Within one week I found two cotton jersey fabrics which would perfectly fit the bill, so I decided to buy the Moneta dress and sew a fit-and-flare silhouette, which, to be honest, is no longer my usual/preferred one.
But again - the combination of jersey (=comfy and relaxed) and large skirt (=put up) made me think it would work.

It appears that I am no longer used to seeing myself in large skirts, so I have a few doubts. But it does not mean, I will not wear them, au contraire!

My first Moneta is from black cotton jersey with many flowers. After sewing dark grey items for most winter weeks, I just need colours. Also, the weather was just amazingly sunny and cool for the past two months, so I got out of my rust and bought myself some colours.
As for the pattern, there is not much to say about it: simple and quick sew.
I adjusted the shoulder area little bit, as usual, and shortened the dress significantly. Everything was sewn with my machine, as I do not have an overlocker, even the pockets were easy peasy. However, this is not an everyday dress, but I like it a lot anyhow!
I did not read the instructions, because... well, nothing really complicated.

Pleased by this one, I cut out a rusty cotton jersey from Stoff&Stil for a second Moneta. This piece was sewn in an evening, so yay for instant gratification. I wanted to wear it the other day but somehow could not put it on. I tried a few days later and that's when I realized the skirt is just too large for me or for what I am used to wearing.

I took away the skirt, narrowed it by easily 18 cm (cut away the pockets :o() and attached it again to the bodice. The end result is much better and much more wearable for me. It works well with a little jacket and still feels like wearing a pyjama. Not to mention that I totally love the colour.

During this operation I shortened the bodice by 1 cm, so potentially it feels little bit too short, but that's perfectly OK with me.

The good news is that I still have 30-40 cm of this fabric which will make a cute little top, I hope.

It was rather windy the day we took these pics and my hair got totally crazy.