A few weeks back Girl Charlee UK got in touch to see if I would like to review some of their fabric. Specialising in knit fabric, they already have a substantial market in the USA and have just opened an online shop in the UK.
As my online knit purchases have been a bit hit and miss I was interested to give them a try. The first difficulty was choosing which fabric, they have some really cute prints in their wildlife collection as well as their modern air collection. I finally decided to step out of my (floral) comfort zone and go for the navy quatrefoil which is a Moroccan inspired graphic print (I know, it’s blue again but baby steps!)
The next quandary was what to make. After much deliberation I decided it would be a good opportunity to finally try the Colette Moneta.
The fabric is a mid-weight poly/cotton mix jersey. It’s quite stable with a minimum amount of stretch. At some point most of my handmade garments get mixed into the main wash so in the interests of science I put it through its paces with a full 40 degree wash. It was only after looking up the link for this post that I noticed the website advises a cold wash with mild detergent! Thankfully it emerged perfectly, no colour run and it didn’t even need ironing.
Going by my measurements I cut a large and made no alterations to the pattern. It was quick and easy to put together, the fabric was lovely to sew with and pressed well.
I’m completely smitten with the finished dress, the neckline is perfect for me and the gathers are gentle enough not to add bulk around the middle and as an added bonus it has pockets!
(Another photobombing cat)
(Being a little teapot)
I don’t know why I didn’t make it sooner, especially considering all the love it’s had on the blogosphere since its release. I’ve now got a whole army of Monetas lined up to see me through the colder months (then possibly some short sleeved ones to take me through Spring!)
Now for the good part –a giveaway!
Girl Charlie UK are offering one lucky winner two metres of their fabric. The giveaway is open throughout Europe (sorry to sewing peeps on distant continents)
They are also offering 10% off all purchases, just enter JUSTSEW at the checkout.
The giveaway and discount are open until midnight on Sunday 8th November.
To enter just leave a comment below, including your email if it’s not linked to your profile.
I received this fabric for review but all views are my own.