when in doubt, moneta


I know it’s not exactly encouraged, but back at the end of April, I reeeeeally wanted to make up a garment, lickety-split, to wear for Me-Made May.

So DUH, I knew exactly what to do.

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the monochrome monetas, part 2


AS PROMISED. Another monochrome Moneta.

After I sewed up my second Moneta, I knew two things:

  1. I love this pattern and will wear it all the time.
  2. I really need to stop being so sloppy about matching patterns.

Luckily, my first monochrome Moneta had a nice, busy pattern that downplays all my slatternly sewing. I knew I wouldn’t be so lucky with this striped fabric; any mistakes would stick out like a sore thumb. It’s almost enough to make you stray to solids.

But my word, who could resist this? Don’t you see yourself walking down the streets of Positano or something wearing a striped dress like this, and maybe an incredible straw hat?

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the comfort zone moneta


I once had a roommate tell me, very gently, that I might be afraid of color. At the time, I was wearing khaki pants and a white top, so I could see her point. And when I looked in my closet, it was a whole lot of black, white, gray and beige, with unconnected pops of color here and there.

So I kept it in the back of my head, and when Colette Patterns’ excellent Wardrobe Architect series came out, I decided to get methodical about colors. Ever since then, I’ve been looking for fabrics in shades of blue and green and muted teal, nothing too bright, colors I know I’ll wear. That’s my comfort zone.

But THIS fabric …. this fabric is not in my comfort zone.

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