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Melissa Dress

Added Jan 4, 2010

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






The dress variation of our Melissa skirt is simple to sew and so fun to wear. You can get creative and use 2 colors and a print like we did, or make a more sophisticated design in a monotone palette.

Material Notes

Stretch wool & crepe fabrics




Garment Type
Business, Casual, Classic, Evening Wear, Preppy, Punk, Rock
Blends, Rayon, Wool



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    Jul 29, 2011, 07.22 PMby soulfulll

    You guys need to have more self confidence. I’m not a stick either but I wouldn’t have a problem wearing this and dare someone to tell me I don’t look good.

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    Mar 23, 2010, 11.22 AMby carmenrainbow

    I love this dress – can’t wait to go fabric shopping!!! I don’t think the model is too thin either, it’s her body shape, so LET HER BE!

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    Jan 23, 2010, 05.06 AMby wzrdreams

    This pattern is a WINNER. I just finished what will surely be my first. Simple to sew, looks very flattering on some curves and it would be a snap to adjust and modify. Great job Burdastyle!

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    Jan 20, 2010, 04.48 PMby wzrdreams

    Information needed: How much fabric to make the dress? How much for the bodice, vs skirt only? Is the sample shown made with all knit, or is the top part a non-knit (crepe)? If the bodice is patterned for a non-knit, this needs to be specificed as the finished measurements indicate negative ease. If the bodice is crepe, how does one get into it without a zipper?

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    Jan 11, 2010, 01.49 PMby carolinam

    People are different, different colours of skin and different sizes. The great thing about sewing your own clothes is you get the chance to choose your own fabric and colour and even adjust the pattern to your specific body.

    and I think the model is not stick thin, i’ve a body similar to that and my Body Mass Index is perfectly healthy. ;-) Oh and there are many patterns that don’t look very well on me eighter.

    I like the dress by the way (i would almost forget is is about the dress! )

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    Jan 10, 2010, 06.23 AMby jennifer-anne

    I just have to say, I think it’s kind of unreasonable to criticize this pattern for not necessarily flattering a fuller figured woman. Different styles look good on different bodies and there are plenty of petite women who sew and would like to find patterns that suit their shape as well. Also, one would assume (or hope, anyways) that the pattern includes a range of sizes with appropriate modifications. Almost everyone has to make some adjustments to any pattern, as every body is unique and patterns can’t be designed to accommodate every single possible variation in shape.

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    Jan 9, 2010, 04.04 PMby tokyocherry

    Lovely, making this asap! But is the print fabric stretchy too? It looks like it has a crinkly surface…hmmm.

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    Jan 9, 2010, 06.46 AMby patchitup

    Thank you, Burdastyle, for the FREE pattern. I am guessing this could be created in a regular cotton type or heavier jersey fabric as well with the right adjustments. I am loving the retro look of a bit longer and cuffed sleeve (remember from the 80’s) and would only require cutting the bodice a bit wider. Really cute and inspiring as all your patterns.

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    Jan 9, 2010, 06.20 AMby lizzibee

    To those people who berated BS for the use of the model, and the dress not being plus-size friendly, sheesh. There are people who do have this type of figure, believe it or not. I have a 36E bust, size 12-14 (AUS), with an apple shape, and I’m already deciding how I’m going to make this dress. The model isn’t “stick thin”: just looks like a teenager with gangly legs. Alisondahl’s right: the model isn’t the focus of the pictures; she’s there to show the dress. Great dress Burdastyle!

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    Jan 7, 2010, 03.20 PMby julesfranks

    This is lovely! I’ve downloaded and this is going to be my first Burda creation – i hope i can find as pretty fabric though!

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    Jan 7, 2010, 01.10 AMby Dani Restercher

    I had my doubts about the pattern as a skirt alone but with the dress option it’s great! :)

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    Jan 6, 2010, 11.54 PMby reneebies

    I like it. It would probably be easy to make it into a blouse even. And wow! That feather print! Awesome.

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      Jan 7, 2010, 01.17 AMby Dani Restercher

      I’d like to see that actually, with a bit added to the bottom of the bodice? If you ever do that upload :)

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    Jan 6, 2010, 05.02 PMby polychromatin

    Would be interesting for me too. What if you have breats (like women are suppossed to)?

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      Jan 6, 2010, 07.58 PMby Laura Bolčina

      I’d probably widen the lower part of the front bust part and make a few more pleats. I wouldn’t change the v-neck, because it suits women with bigger cups. It looks like it covers the bra nicely, too. And if it’s really necessary, I’d put the middle parts more together, so they would cover more and higher. I hope it’s understandable. :D

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      Jan 6, 2010, 09.22 PMby burdastyle

      I would wear a camisole underneath (which is a pretty boudior tank with a lace trim). I like the romantic touch it adds, while keeping your breasts private;)

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    Jan 6, 2010, 03.35 PMby robinsnc

    Love this dress—cute cut and fabric choices. Any suggestions for those of us “blessed” with C or D cups? Sometimes dresses or tops with this style v-neck mean cleavage city and a big, fat NO for work!

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      Jan 18, 2010, 03.06 AMby johnnyappleseed

      I’m blessed with D’s and am going to just make it a scoop neck. :] Then elongate the bottom just a tad so that my bust doesn’t swallow the middle section.


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    Jan 6, 2010, 03.15 PMby splendarose

    lovely dress

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    Jan 6, 2010, 01.57 PMby hannnc

    Totally keen to make this ASAP =) ill go fabric hunting and see if i can find anything..

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      Jan 6, 2010, 01.58 PMby hannnc

      ps. $3.50 is a bargain!

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    Jan 6, 2010, 12.44 PMby sewverytall

    High fashion modeling may feel they have no choice but to pick the stick figure model, but BS has the opportunity to choose realistically. This way we can get an idea how patterns look on an average woman. Heaven forbid we actually got to see how clothing looks on someone who is a size 10 or 12 [much smaller than me, btw] with a B or C bustline.

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      Jan 7, 2010, 01.09 AMby Dani Restercher

      For both comments, SewVeryTall and candigirl: It’s impossible to create a design to flatter every figure and if it was designed to flatter curves and ‘upper arm jiggle’ it would be a plus sized pattern (and probably not a jersey pencil skirt). It’s the sewer’s responsibility to make sure they know what suits them, the ‘stick thin’ model (who seems only on the slightly thin side) is there to show the clothes, it’s not about the model, the model is there as a frame for the clothes.

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    Jan 6, 2010, 06.14 AMby candigirl

    Alisondahl, did you seriously say that " the cap-sleeve creates a nice upper-arm coverage."…are we looking at the same dress? OK, the sleeves cover the size 0 model’s SHOULDERS, but as for upper arm COVERAGE….no. None. I dont’ think that anyone with an ounce of arm jiggle would be able to feel comfortable in these little sleeves.

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      Jan 18, 2010, 03.01 AMby johnnyappleseed

      Instead of berating the pattern try to make it better. If you’re not the size 0, which I’m not either, and you have more “arm jiggle” make the arms longer, and the shoulders wider. And make it looser.

      The high waist looks good on everyone. You can make it work for you, if you give it some thought.

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    Jan 6, 2010, 02.34 AMby rhondap

    Great if you’re a stick!

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    Jan 6, 2010, 02.32 AMby mamahawk0525

    I love this! The whole look is awesome and the color combo of the dress is invigorating! Great job and great idea.

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    Jan 6, 2010, 01.15 AMby barkcloth

    Don’t like it. Sorry. I liked MAlissa (dress) better.

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    Jan 5, 2010, 11.27 PMby lenarrrd

    Cuuuuuuuuuuute I have a new overlocker now yaaay so my first thought was ‘hurrah! A cute project for my overlocker to tackle!’ but nope, I can’t use it for six months boo. Still an exciting prospect to look forward to – it’ll go down much better in the Summer than now in Winter :)

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    Jan 5, 2010, 06.43 PMby silke

    this looks so cute! what a pitty that it is freezing in munich…

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    Jan 5, 2010, 04.44 PMby sokkenmonster

    The pattern for the dress is included in the skirt pattern, which you can find on the right.

    I think it would clear things up if burdastyle added all technical drawings to all projects they make. If there is a pattern that comes in 2 or 3 variations, or that has sleeve variations, we don’t have to wait for the next photoshoot (which might take weeks or may even never come), or if the project is a variation, there will be less coments like “7,50 for a bow pattern??” or “where can I even find this pattern?”

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      Jan 5, 2010, 11.59 PMby alisondahl

      That’s a good call. I will definitely bring that up with the team. The one thing I do not like to loose is the element of surprise which comes with a newly released variation. But you’ve made a very valid point. Thank you;)

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      Jan 5, 2010, 11.59 PMby alisondahl

      That’s a good call. I will definitely bring that up with the team. The one thing I do not like to loose is the element of surprise which comes with a newly released variation. But you’ve made a very valid point. Thank you;)

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    Jan 5, 2010, 02.44 PMby jennymcfarlane

    Hey Guys….is there anywhere you can download this pattern?? Let me know its such a good find!

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    Jan 5, 2010, 02.07 PMby raffaellajay

    This dress is gorgeous. Where do I find the pattern?? Thanks :)

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    Jan 5, 2010, 01.47 AMby couturecutie

    Cute, but it wouldn’t totally look good on someone my age. Also, it would look best on someone who isn’t that short. I love the fabric choice though.

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      Jan 5, 2010, 11.25 PMby lenarrrd

      I think it could look good on someone short! I suppose you could either make it in one colour to give the illusion of tallness or make the hemline shorter (always my trick ;) )

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      Jan 6, 2010, 12.03 AMby alisondahl

      The pattern in above right: Melissa #6057. Or you can click here:

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      Jan 6, 2010, 12.33 AMby couturecutie

      Umm, thank you?…..

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    Jan 4, 2010, 11.21 PMby erdronen

    This is such an adorable dress! I love it! Cute fabric choices :)

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    Jan 4, 2010, 08.20 PMby summerbreeze-1

    I looooooove this! Jumped to the front of my sewing to-do list!

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    Jan 4, 2010, 06.59 PMby keren

    I like this dress, especially the top. But I fear I’d be thrown into a severe state of depression if I try to wear it :) You need to have a certain figure to pull it off.

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      Jan 4, 2010, 09.15 PMby alisondahl

      I don’t know actually, say you made it in all black, and left a bit of ease, so it’s not clinging. The high waist is flattering on everyone…and the cap-sleeve creates a nice upper-arm coverage. Just a thought;)

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      Jan 5, 2010, 12.05 AMby gdac

      I agree with alisondahl – make the bottom in black with less cling and use a great print to pop the top – red or purple – something fun

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      Jan 5, 2010, 12.26 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      If you added a zipper to the back seam then you could make it out of a non-stretch material, cotton or something similar :)

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      Jan 5, 2010, 02.54 PMby ghainskom

      If you make it in a non-stretch material, you’ll need a zipper and darts…

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      Jan 20, 2010, 05.01 AMby keren

      Thanks girls for your feedback! :-)
      Looks like the Jenny dress posted today would suit me better.

      I am slim at the waist but I have a “generous” backside. I figured the high-waist would only accentuate these differences…

      Maybe I’m wrong – I’ll try it and post the results!

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