the anniversary dress

Last month Josh and I celebrated our fourth anniversary. If you asked him about it, he would crack some joke about four years feeling like forever, but really, he’s a softie and a romantic. Josh’s parents invited Asher over for a sleepover, and the two of us had grand plans for a night in downtown Portland.


Alas, those plans fell through due to a mix of bad weather, no interesting movies showing at the Living Room Theater, and a sore stomach on Josh’s part.


So instead we hit up our favorite bento spot in town and moved to a sit-down restaurant for dessert. We swung by a Redbox before heading home and rented a movie. The night was a perfect example of how we like to do leisure time: easy, comfortable, and cozy.


This leopard-print Moneta is a little on the fancy side for what we ended up doing, but I just love it. I wanted something both sexy and comfortable, and I think this pattern with this print found the sweet spot.


I decided to play around some more with the collar options on the Moneta dress and ended up modifying the bow collar for this round  of the Moneta pattern. The details on my modification are more extensive than what would be enjoyable for this paragraph, so if you want to know how to modify the bow collar for a sleeved Moneta and in a heavier knit, click here.


This leopard-print knit is another nugget from the Colorado Fabrics bargain pre-cuts, and I barely had enough. It turns out that this print has definite striations in the pattern, and though I had absolutely zero wiggle room for pattern matching, the bodice and skirt ended up matching up satisfactorily.


Styling-wise, this dress pairs wonderfully with printed tights and patent-leather heels. As far as Monetas go, this one is certainly on the dressy side, perfect for celebrating a wedding anniversary.

Do you like to rock an animal print? What do you do to celebrate an anniversary? Have you tried any of the Moneta collar options?

***Specs: This is a Colette Patterns Moneta sewn up in a leopard-print interlock. The collar is made in a black ponte. (I have more details on my collar modifications here.) The bodice is a small, the waist a medium. I shortened the skirt by an inch so that I had enough fabric for the pattern. The hems are top-stitched with a twin needle, and the seams are serged.

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  1. Posted November 11, 2014 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    ROCK IT.

  2. Holly Broadbent
    Posted November 11, 2014 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    oh my goodness. I need this dress. I love love love it! Once i have this baby and get back down to pre-pregnancy weight, i may have to start sewing for myself. unless, i can just order one from you???? pretty please?

  3. Kelly
    Posted November 12, 2014 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    You are so adorable! I love your dress too. It is fashionable and modest. Making your own clothes is a dying art. Keep it alive girl. Keep it alive!

  4. Posted November 12, 2014 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    It’s a well known fact that I love the Moneta pattern. This is fabulous!

  5. Jeff Laskowski
    Posted January 26, 2018 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Nice dress! I like the ensemble.

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