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My Sparkly Malissa Variation!

Added Sep 23, 2008

by erdronen

Cincinnati, Ohio...






My Malissa contest entry! The changes I made were simple, but change the whole effect of the dress! It can be worn with or without the belt (although I personally like it without). I still plan to add binding to the neckline to add thickness to the straps. Neither the bubble hem or the sparkle is well showcased in these pics- it looks much better in person!

The 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 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: I submitted this for the DLD conference, so I made some changes to make it a little more finished. I added binding around the neck, armholes, and keyhole, and refinished the hem so that all the edges are hidden. New Pics!

Material Notes

Lightweight sparkly knit w/ 2-way stretch (Hobby Lobby), slightly stretchy satin (Walmart remnant), and ribbon.




Garment Type


Burdastyle for their great contests!

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    Oct 20, 2009, 05.00 PMby ink

    This dress is gorgeous. Simple and elegant.

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    Oct 5, 2008, 01.36 PMby thora47

    I love this dress, well done!

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    Sep 26, 2008, 09.52 AMby loreliz

    soo beautiful! love the colors, and i like it better without the belt, love the length too :)

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    Sep 24, 2008, 05.23 AMby justmica

    Very cute and keep the belt on! :)

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    Sep 24, 2008, 05.18 AMby ghainskom

    nice! I like it without the belt even better.

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    Sep 24, 2008, 04.21 AMby erdronen

    Thanks guys! I did not reduce the volume – I think it’s just that the fabric is so lightweight. I only added the cutout and the bubble hem (and shortened it of course).

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    Sep 24, 2008, 03.26 AMby krunamagiar

    I like yours!!! somehow doesnt look like a maternity dress or sack of potatoes..hehehe.. I think the fabric choosen is JUST RIGHT! I like it without belt. Sexy… ow one questionas: did you reduce the volume of dress on the side? coz mine looks huge and yours looks skinier. GOOD JOB though!

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    Sep 23, 2008, 11.46 PMby milkyway

    Very nice, so sexy

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    Sep 23, 2008, 08.21 PMby Lucha Suarez

    I love how you did the back of this dress! The cut out is unexpected and sexy!

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