A 60’s-Style Moneta Dress

Since participating in Me-Made-May, my sewing focus has shifted to wearable, comfortable clothing with a vintage vibe, rather than the full-on vintage look that I absolutely love, but rarely wear. In the past couple weeks, I’ve made three knit Moneta dresses, and I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say that it’s my new favourite dress pattern!

This is my second version of this dress, and I modified it to look like a knit version of this 60’s dress:

To do this, I raised the neckline to a boatneck, moved the gathers to the side of the skirt only, and lengthened the skirt. In retrospect, I should have made the back neckline into a V-neck, and widened the shoulders a little, to match the 60’s dress. Maybe next time!

I used a floral viscose jersey, and lined the bodice with and off-white bamboo jersey. I’m reasonably happy with the fit, although the armholes are a little big and the bodice is still a little long (I shortened it 1 1/4″ for this version). I hemmed it with a stretch blind hem, rather than the recommended twin needle, and I think that it turned out quite well!

Overall, though, I’m really happy with it! I’ve worn it lots as a casual day dress, and I also wore it to my high school graduation ceremony, under the ridiculous gown that you have to wear. For more details and photos, see my blog post, and for even more photos, see my flickr. If you’re interested, you can see my first Moneta dress here, a simple green one with a tie collar.

Thanks for reading!

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I’m Shannon, a vintage-loving, ethically conscious seventeen-year old who loves sewing, knitting, and exploring thrift stores. Check out my blog at youngseamstress.blogspot.ca !


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7 comments… add one

  • That’s adorable. You look like Audrey.

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  • You go Girl! So happy to see a young lady so talented and creative!

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  • I really really like this variation!

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  • All three are lovely, but the middle one in the blue, velvety material is TODIEFOR!
    Elegant and yet casual, come hither, but with respect. I even think the the design would look good on fat women, as long as their weight is not the lumpy kind. That maybe wishful thinking on my part. Keep up the good work!

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