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Malissa Dress

Sparkly knit (very lightweight) & satin cocktail dress altered from BurdaStyle “Malissa” pattern.  I made this for the Malissa Variation contest they hosted in September.

It can be worn with or without the ribbon (although I personally like it without).

The original changes I made were:

  • Removing the sleeves and collar
  • Shortening the skirt by about 8″ (I’m 5’3″)
  • Adding about 7″ of satin at the hem and attaching it to the inner seam to make a bubble
  • Cutting out a circle in the back (while on the fold)
  • Attempting to finish the armholes, neckline, and cutout using a rolled hem (which ended up being just turned under)

Update 1/4/09

Burdastyle asked me to send in this dress to be a part of their fashion show in Germany (part of the DLD Conference at the end of January).  I made some changes to make it “runway ready” as much as I am capable 🙂

  • Bound neckline, keyhole, and arm edges, because the rolled-hemming was just too tough on the circle and the pleats.  I’m not that good 🙂
  • Re-sewed the hem.  Before all the rough edges were showing inside.  Now, none of them are!  There are pictures at the bottom.  I actually had to do a lot of playing around because I wanted it to bubble more.  In the end, I didn’t make many changes beside hiding the rough edges (which included having to topstitch on the outside gray really close to the seam and catch the satin on the inside)
  • Added a button closure at the top of the keyhole.  After the binding there’s no way it would have fit over my head, plus it just looks nice 🙂

Pictures are at the end.  Sorry I didn’t have my picture guy around to take any, so these are all on the dressform.  I needed to get it in the mail 🙂


“before” Front View (no ribbon) – sorry for the quality on a couple of these

“before” Front View (with ribbon)

“before” Better pic of front

“before” Back View

After changes = so much better!

Malissa Redo 1

Malissa Redo 2

Malissa Redo 3

close-up of the pleats and front binding

Malissa Redo 4

close-up of the keyhole and button closure

Malissa Redo 5

hem close-up (outside)

Malissa Redo 6

hem close-up (inside)

Malissa Redo 7

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