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Sewn from thrifted, vintage (?) knit fabric, this dress ended up costing less than $5 to sew. I've used the pattern so many times (probably over 20?) that the avg cost per use is below $1 per dress.

I really love the macramé print of the fabric, and this is one of my new favorite dresses. I say that about a lot of dresses, and I'm glad I've found happy sewing success. Alyson Clair, who drafted this pattern for CP, is a wizard!

Because the bodice is unlined, which makes the neckline prone to warping/waving when doing the twin needle hem, I stabilized the neckline with steam a seam prior to stitching. Except for hems, this dress was constructed on my serger, but when it came time to twin needle I tried something magical. Using my Singer 403 Slant-O-Matic machine, I put TWO needles in the machine side by side! The machine accomadates two needles, which is super rad and allows for cool details like parallel top stitching in two different colors. Or, like I did, it will sew a twin needle stitch without needing a special needle-- fantastic!


I decided I wanted to give the moneta a try with positive ease instead of negative ease. I cut a size medium bodice, bringing in the neckline to size xs (too loosey goosey!), and then graded out the waist an extra inch or so. I can't remember for sure since I was just winging it. I really should have used the armscye scoop from the s or xs because I have extra fabric in my bodice front at the shoulders/armpit  

I also added a significant amount of extra width in the skirt, moving my skirt pieces approximately 4 inches from the fold, so maybe about 8 extra inches? I lengthened the skirt by a few inches too.