Colette Moneta Dress Review

I had read so much about the Moneta dress pattern by Colette but I just wasn’t sure it was the kind of pattern that would suit an hourglass type which sadly I have acquired in my latter years.
However when I saw all those beautiful Moneta dress makes on Instagram after the Moneta party it showed larger ladies wearing it and looking suitably gorgeous so I decided to download the pattern and try it for myself.

Pattern Description:
Described by Colette as…Moneta is your new go-to dress pattern. Built for both elegance and comfort, this simple knit dress works in every season and for any occasion.

Dress has close-fitting bodice. I opted for the longer sleeve and even extended it so it fitted just above the wrist.
The skirt has deep side pockets (these I love) and is gathered at the front and the back.

The type of fabric required is a knit  and so there is no need for a zip and no facings are needed since the edges can be simply turned and top stitched.
I didn’t have any jersey in my stash that really appealed but I thought that as a tester I would use this grey/black jersey fabric that I had bought a year or so back. Funny because at the time I thought it was lovely but now I really don’t think it’s my kind of fabric!New Phototastic Collage


PDF or Pattern

I opted for the PDF pattern this time and I thoroughly enjoyed printing, sticking together and cutting out the pattern. Being an oldie who usually purchased the tissue patterns I thought I’d try downloading a PDF to see what it was like. Since this was all new to me I thoroughly enjoyed printing off the paper pattern, sticking it together and cutting it out.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  

Yes, I was pleasantly surprised with the end result. It actually looked just like the real thing.

Were the instructions easy to follow?  
Yes, they are easy to follow. I would say this is definitely an ‘EASY’ pattern and the instructions are very straight forward.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  
In all my years of sewing I had never done an elasticated waist seam in that way. I thought that was a good idea and would use that process with other garments that needed to be gathered.

However, as I’m large busted and large bottomed I felt that whilst the gathers looked ok at the front I felt they accentuated my bottom.

Fabric Used:
Polyester jersey

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  

  • I chose longer sleeves.
  • I also like a longer dress length so I lengthened it.
  • I raised the neck so it was more of a boat neck style.

What was the construction process like? Did the instructions make sense to you?

I found the instructions easy to follow however being an advance sewer I tend not to read the instructions and go it alone. Somehow I always reach the same ending but not necessarily by the same means.

Will you make the pattern again? If so, what fit are design changes will you make?

I think I’ll definitely make this pattern again however I think I will probably not gather at the back of the dress. I think perhaps if it was less gathered it might hang much nicer over my rounded bottom area.

I’d like to try it in a dark material, probably a charcoal grey or a black with some Bright contrast to it just to see just how different it would look on me.

Pattern rating  (1 is the lowest score, 5 the highest)

I would give this a 5, I thoroughly enjoyed making it and with a few tweaks it will look even better on me.


  1. Micheline, I am also a older seamstress! I have enjoyed watching your videos and reading your blog. I have yet to post anything…. Anyway I think that the fabric in the Moneta dress looks really good on you!


    • Thanks Lorraine,
      I still work so I haven’t had a great amount of time to concentrate on my blog but watch this space, I’m aware that I need to get going on it. I’m pleased you enjoyed the videos, I thought it might be nice to appeal to those of us (and there are many) whose figures don’t conform to the normal size 12 any more. I’m enjoying keeping myself busy with all of this too.


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