Moneta Dress Pattern Review

I love my new Moneta dress!  I decided to make mine as a “winter” dress.  I used a medium sweater knit that is super soft to the touch.  I even had a little extra fabric leftover to make another Astoria sweater too.

This was a very simple dress to make and very versatile in regards to the different pattern styles and fabrics you can use.  I made mine over the course of a few days.  I like to split up cutting out the PDF pattern, cutting out the fabric, sewing the bodice then sewing up the skirt which probably amounted to about two and half hours.

My hiccups:

I’m a little cautious with knits.  I inadvertently stretch them out in parts which of course just ruins the overall appearance of the piece.

This slight stretching happened when I was sewing up the collar.  Since it is such a narrow fold it is hard to control how much the presser foot takes causing it to be slightly stretched.  Luckily it’s not too noticeable.

My other hiccup was connecting the elastic.  I wasn’t able to find clear elastic so I bought thin white elastic instead which worked out just as well.  I got a little confused on how to mark the elastic especially when the directions asked to leave a couple inches on each end.

I also wasn’t sure if I should baste it by hand or on the machine.  I tried by hand and that did not go so well so I moved on to my machine which worked very well.

Overall, I love how this dress turned out.  This is a great go-to pattern as advertised!  I think I will be sewing a few more in the future.

Wardrobe Architect – Week 7 & 8

Wardrobe Architect – Week 7: Exploring Solids and Prints

Elements of print

  • Prints vs. solids: What percentage of your wardrobe do you actually want to be comprised of prints? Some people wear prints all the time, for others they’re more of an accent.
    • 33%
  • Scale: Do you tend to prefer large scale prints, small scale, or a mixture of both?
    • I tend to prefer small scale prints.  Sometimes I will go for large scale if there is a lot of empty space in the background or the cut of the piece interests me.
  • Contrast: Do the prints you like use lots of contrasting, bold colors? Or are they more tonal and subdued?
    • The majority are tonal and subdued but I would say every once in awhile I am in the mood for something bold so when a piece of clothing catches my eye I am happy to incorporate it into my wardrobe.
  • Naturalism: Do you feel drawn to flowing, organic, or naturalistic prints? Or are strong, abstract, geometric designs your thing? Or are there versions of both that you love?
    • I am drawn to both whether it be bold stripes or a flowing subdued floral design.
  • Mood: There are hundreds of styles of prints. Are there prints you choose that relate to your 5 style words?
    • I feel like they do. 🙂


  • Examine your favorite clothing. Pick out the 10-20 most worn items in your wardrobe. What percentage of them are printed?
    • About 33% are printed
  • Pick your prints. Write down your most beloved styles of prints. Be sure to look through your closet and your fabric stash.
    • Checks, plaid, stripes, subtle dots, floral, bold stripes, vintage abstract or french novelty prints. Here are pictures of some of my favorite styles of print from my closet.




Wardrobe Architect – Week 8: Hair, Makeup & Beauty

  1. What hair style has been most flattering and comfortable for you? How did it make you feel about yourself? Did it invoke any of the words you came up with in our core style exercise?
    • I really like a short lob hairstyle.  It was something that I decided to do about 2 years ago but since I only get my haircut once a year it gets long pretty quickly.  It looks nice long but eventually it becomes bottom heavy and hard to work with.  I think it invokes the modern, clean and classic words from the core style exercise.  That is probably why I like that haircut so much. 🙂
  1. How much makeup are you comfortable with? It could be no makeup, or a full face with contouring. Or it could vary day to day.
    • I like sheer foundation with a hint of blush and some mascara.  I tend to go for dewier looks when possible as well.  When I go out with my husband or to an event I like to do eye makeup.  I use the Lorac Pro eye shadow palette.  I don’t wear lipstick.  I hate how it gets everywhere and the constant reapplication.  I usually go for lip balm or a tinted gloss.
  1. How does your makeup and hair reflect your personal style? What do you feel they say about you and your aesthetics?
    • I would say that it reflects my style in that it is very simple and clean which is what I like.  I’m not sure what this really says about me except maybe that I like a classic style.
  1. How much product do you want to own? Do you like collecting products, or would you rather just have a few essentials? How much bathroom clutter are you ok with?
    • I’m a few essentials kinda gal.  I also hate clutter so my vanity has to be clear.
  1. What requirements do you have for the products you buy? Do you stick with all natural products? Are there ingredients you avoid?
    • I just like high quality products that are hypo-allergenic.
  1. What colors feel best near your face? How do they relate to the color palette you created?
    • Muted tones – beige, tan, pinks, metallic rose and dark brown.  I like to use gray, black, deep purple, and deep greens to line my eyes.
  1. What colors never look right near your face? What colors have you tried and given up on before?
    • Probably colors that are too bold unless I use them as an accent.
  1. How much time do you realistically want to spend getting ready in the morning?
    • 10 minutes
  1. What types of scents do you gravitate towards? Do you wear perfume? Other scented products? What do you feel the scents you like communicate about your personality?
    • I like very very light scents.  Typically, I do not buy perfume though.  I always seem to get a headache when I have perfume on especially when I enter an elevator or am in a car.


  • After going through the questions above, add 3-5 images to your style board that reflect your own beauty signatures, or ones you’d like to incorporate.

Here are a few picks from my Pinterest page:




Sewing Machine Cover Tutorial

Sewing Machine Cover Instructions:

Supplies needed: 1.5 yards of main fabric (iron board cover used in this tutorial), 3 yards bias binding (bias tape), 3 yards of thin piping, interfacing

Measure your sewing machine with measuring tape

  1. Measure height, width and depth
  2. Add one inch for seam allowance
  3. Or use my measurements:
    • Front and Back: 13.5” x 17”
    • Sides and Top (together): 42” x 7”
    • Pockets: 9” x 7”
    • FYI: I made mine very long as a precaution so be prepared to cut around the bottom before you sew the hem for a neater hemline if you use my measurements.

Create a paper pattern using your measurements or draw directly on the wrong side of the fabric

  1. Cut 2 – 13.5” x 17” for Front and Back
  2. Cut 1 – 42” x 7” for the Sides and Top
  3. Cut 2 – 9” x 7” Pockets 

Measure Piping and Bias Binding

  1. Cut 2 – 43” long binding pieces – for sides and top
  2. Cut 2 – 44” long piping pieces – for sides and top
  3. Cut 2 – 8” long binding pieces – for pockets
  4. Cut 2 – 9” long piping – for pockets
  5. Make sure these correspond with your fabric cutouts

Zigzag stitch all raw edges of each fabric piece (not the bias binding)

Measure the length of your sewing machine handle

Measure the Sides and Top piece over your sewing machine (wrong side facing you)

  1. Make sure you have an even amount hanging over each side
  2. Locate your sewing machine handle underneath the fabric
  3. Place a pin on each side for the length of the handle opening
  4. Remove the fabric
  5. On the wrong side of the fabric, mark the center of the fabric widthwise and measure 1 ¼” above the mark and 1 ¼” below the mark 
  6. Mark the pin locations in line with the center mark and measure 1 ¼” above the mark and 1 ¼” below the mark on each side
  7. Connect all the lines to create a rectangle. (Your handle should fit through this opening) 
  8. Draw a line lengthwise in the very center of the rectangle. (You should have two long rectangles now) 
  9. Draw a 1” line from each corner of the large rectangle to the middle line. This should create a triangle on each end of the rectangle 


  1. Cut a piece of interfacing that is 2” larger around the perimeter of the rectangle you drew out on the wrong side of the fabric 
  2. Attach the interfacing to the fabric following the directions for your specific brand/type of interfacing 
  3. Once attached, fold the Sides and Top fabric in half with the right sides facing each other so that the lines of the rectangle you drew are back to back 
  4. Cut through the line to create an opening then cut until you get to the triangle (for both sides) then cut on the diagonal lines to the corners of the rectangle 

Fold open the handle and sew around the perimeter at 3/8” 

Attach piping to bias binding

  1. Press the bias binding open (if store bought)
  2. Fold the piping into the binding and pin closed 
  3. Sew the binding closed making sure that the piping is tightly incased 

Attach piping to pockets

  1. Place piping on the right side of the pocket with raw edges matching and sew
  2. Zigzag stitch raw edges together 

Attach pockets to Sides and Top fabric

  1. Then place piping on top of right side of Pockets and Sides and Top fabric with raw edges matching
  2. Sew piping to fabric (this will connect the pockets to the sides and top fabric)
  3. Zigzag stitch raw edges together 

Attach Front and Back pieces

Make sure your Sides and Top fabric measure around the perimeter of three sides (one long side and two short sides) of your Front and Back pieces

  1. Once lined up, sew the Front and Back pieces to the Sides and Top piece with right sides together pivoting at each corner. I used a zigzag stitch to attach mine.

Hem the bottom

  1. Mine turned out to be a bit long so I had to trim the bottom first before I was able to hem it. I wanted it to have a one-inch hem for appearance.
  2. I used iron board cover on for my cover which is thicker than most fabric. This posed a problem when it came to hem the sides with the pockets because there was too much fabric to fit under the presser foot, even lifted.  Instead, I had to attach the inside by hand with a blind stitch. 



BBG Fitness and Diet – Week 5


I am now in Week 5 of the BBG program and I’m feeling pretty good.  I’ve had to make a few adjustments to the schedule every so often due to vacation and birthdays and work but nonetheless I have gotten through 4 exercises every week.  I can feel myself getting stronger already and being able to endure my full workout.  Things are going well.

In the last week, I have been focusing more on my diet.  I know food plays an important role in how our body feels and I wasn’t feeling my best.  I indulged a little too much in Mexico and ate really poorly over my husband’s birthday weekend.  My body just isn’t able to handle those things as well as it used to unfortunately.  As I mentioned in my first BBG post, I try to eat healthy and for the most part I do but I needed an extra push to get me to make the right decision in every situation.  That extra push was the crummy feeling of over-indulgence.

That being said, I’m experimenting with cutting down on dairy, processed food and red meat. This entails half of my dinner plate as vegetables, one quarter chicken or fish and one quarter starch.  Also, drinking more water and caffeine free herbal tea with raw honey.

Although this has all been working well, something was still off and after a little research I came to the conclusion that I should do a juice cleanse.  I have never done one before so I bought the one-day juice cleanse from Pressed Juicery.  I was a little apprehensive at first but I am so glad I did it.  I feel like it helped reset my system and got me back on track.  I want to do it again next month – maybe even 3 days??

Check out what I had:

9am – Greens 2: apple, celery, cucumber, kale, lemon, parsley, romaine, spinach *Yum

11am – Citrus 2: apple, lemon, mint, pineapple *Sweet

1pm – Greens 3: apple, celery, cucumber, ginger, kale, lemon, parsley, romaine, spinach *Yum

3pm – Roots 3: apple, beet, ginger, lemon *Ginger spice

5pm – Citrus 1: aloe vera, coconut water, cucumber, lemon, pineapple *Subtle

7pm – Vanilla Almond: almond, dates, sea salt, vanilla bean *Yum

Chlorophyll Water – throughout the day

9pm – Aloe Vera Water – before bed

I drank all of this in one day!  I can’t believe it!

*This is NOT a Pressed Juicery promotion.  I have NO affiliation with them.

Color Story – Wardrobe Architect Week 5 & 6


For Week 5, the assignment was to build you color story based on the words you came up with in Week 2, your mood board, current pieces and your fabric stash.  The words above are what I associate with the colors below and inspire my color choices when sewing.

The assignment for Week 6, was to organize your choices as I have done below.  These will be the colors that guide me as I create my new wardrobe. 🙂


Pastels to Rich Tonespastels-to-rich-tones


Assessment:  I knew my color story was going to lean towards neutrals.  After all, my current wardrobe already does and I love it.  Every so often I love to add a feminine tone or something really vibrant.  I am attracted to those colors but I rarely purchase them or sew clothing in those colors because I feel like I will either get bored of them or not be able to wear them as much as I would something in a neutral tone.

I’m excited to see what comes next!  What does your color story lean to?