Today I will be going through how to sew the elastic waist band for the Colette Monetary dress. This technique is often seen as difficult or frustrating, but I personally think that when you get the hang of it you will find it really satisfying, and dare I say it, fun.
I am using 9mm clear elastic, which you can get from Guthrie and Ghani.
Fabric I am using for this post is Art Gallery jersey, which was kindly gifted by Minerva Crafts.
So here we go…
1. Measure the bottom of the bodice. This will determine how long the elastic will be.
Measure another length of the bodice and make a marking. Your elastic will now be 2x the bodice width.
The more points you mark on the elastic means more control when stretching and sewing. While in the Moneta instruction booklet it says the markings we now have are enough, I suggest doing more. It makes life so much easier.
For this I have halved the sections again, so for my case each section is now 3 1/4″ (resulting in 9 markings/ 8 sections), but this can be halved again for even more control (16 sections).
4. Now we need to mark the skirt on the wrong side. I have put pins in to highlight where the notions are.
Measure between the two notions and mark using a pin. Repeat on the other side of the skirt.
Face the skirt side seams to the skirt front and line the first marking on the elastic to this side seam. If you find it easier, in the elastic to the side seam.
The elastic will gather the skirt pieces and will look like this…
Now you have a lovely sheared/ gathered moneta skirt! Just the hem to go, and you are ready to wear your moneta!!
Love, Abigail x