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Melli Mello Dress

Added Feb 22, 2014

by saxsilverain

Espoo, Finland






Melli Mello is a Dutch brand, though the name derived from French word “Meli melo” which means mish mash. and that is exactly how their designs look like: a mish mash of colours, objects, and things you don’t normally imagine being together but somehow look gorgeous. and this whole mish mash clashings are just up my alley!

i’ve been eyeing the Melli Mello fabrics for about half a year, but since they normally cost about 25€/m, i’ve always had to hold myself back from getting it.

until finally last Sunday i saw a small remnant of one Melli Mello fabric that’s called “Victoria”, sold for a bargain price. this was my chance!

without wasting any more time, i bought it, and worked on it right away. i had a vision of what i wanted to make from it, but didn’t really have too much option since it really was only around 1,2m long (which isn’t that big if you want to have room to play around with it). i don’t want to “waste” it to just being another skirt, it’s not enough to be a jacket, and making pants out of it would break the big & bold pattern of the fabric so much, i would definitely cry. so the answer is clear: i’m making it as a dress.

just a simple dress, in contrast of the complicated pattern. so i chose to do it with the same pattern i used for this dress (the second project), pattern no. 107 from Burda Style magazine, September 2012 issue. i had to make the sleeves a lot shorter and i omitted the pockets because i wanted the whole pattern of the fabric to be shown. after modifying the pattern & cutting the fabric, i just realized that in the same magazine, there’s actually pattern no. 108 that is exactly the same as no. 107 but with short sleeves. oh well!

the fabric is 100% cotton satin, which is very easy to sew. it took me about 5-6 hours to do the whole thing from tracing the pattern to the fabric, cutting it, and sewing it down to the last stitch. that was quite quick for lill slow me! i used a zipper from my late grandmum’s old stash… i don’t even know what the type of the zipper is called, but it’s the kind where you can’t see the teeth from any of the sides (but not invisible zipper though). i had no idea how to sew it properly, but decided to make it simple and sew it like i would a metallic zipper: exposed. for the neckline, i also omitted the band and just sew it normally.

Material Notes

about 1,3 m of cotton satin fabric,
50 cm zipper.




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Classic, Mod, Other
Cotton, Satin

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    Feb 25, 2014, 01.14 AMby pamchar

    Wowwww!!!! I’m in love with that fabric!!

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      Feb 28, 2014, 08.25 PMby saxsilverain

      that makes two of us! :D

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    Feb 24, 2014, 05.20 PMby rita61

    Great dress!

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      Feb 28, 2014, 08.25 PMby saxsilverain

      thank you so much! :)

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    Feb 23, 2014, 10.27 AMby sarahsdaughter

    Your dress is lovely and GREAT fabric!

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      Feb 23, 2014, 04.15 PMby saxsilverain

      thank you so much for your kind words! :)

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    Feb 23, 2014, 09.22 AMby cathysews

    A great dress, and great fabric

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    Feb 23, 2014, 02.45 AMby kisses

    Nice…beautiful fabric

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      Feb 23, 2014, 04.14 PMby saxsilverain

      i know, i couldn’t help falling in love with it on the first sight, LOL. thanks for the compliment!

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    Feb 23, 2014, 12.41 AMby Mary Athey

    Love your fabric and you created a fab dress out of it. I love the back zip and how you styled it x

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      Feb 23, 2014, 04.14 PMby saxsilverain

      thanks so much, Mary! i do love the result so much!

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    Feb 22, 2014, 11.08 PMby schnui

    Great dress. This pattern is perfect to show case such a wonderful piece of fabric.

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      Feb 23, 2014, 04.13 PMby saxsilverain

      thank you! i’m glad you think that way. :)

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    Feb 22, 2014, 10.21 PMby liliv-1

    I suffer from fabric envy!! Gorgeous!

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    Feb 22, 2014, 06.58 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Wow! What a cool dress! You look fabulous! I can imagine that you have been looking at this fabric for a long time! – it is just L-O-V-E-L-Y ♥

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      Feb 23, 2014, 04.09 PMby saxsilverain

      thank you, Ellen! the whole series from Melli Mello is awesome, they remind me a lot of Desigual, i’m thinking you’ll love it too! ;)

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      Feb 23, 2014, 07.27 PMby Ellen Hatteland

      I haven’t hear about Melli Mello until now and I’m sure I will love this fabric! :)

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