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Modified Malissa

Added Dec 13, 2009

by wzrdreams

Brooklyn, New Yo...






I’ve been wanting to try out the Malissa pattern for so long because of the raglan sleeve lines and the gathered cuff. However, the rest of the pattern gets a big fat F from me because I think it would make me look like a pregnant lamp shade….. still, it has such a great sleeve! So recently, I found this really crazy “knit” printed wool jersey for $2 a yard on 39th street so I figured this would be a good fabric to make working muslin for my trial Malissa.

Pattern modifications: Cut 17" from the bottom hem (no way was this wacky print going to work as a dress for me). Then, I eliminated all the front pleats (what’s the opposite of “slash and spread”?) by extending the lines of the pleats and then folding out the excess. To make sure I didn’t eliminate too much I placed the front pattern peice on my Lydia pattern to check the width at the bust waist and hips and it was fine. Then, I lengthened the bodice front and back 1", and the sleeves by 1".

Except for the hand gathered basting stitches for the sleeves, I sewed this entirely on my serger. I even used the serger to “blind hem” stitch the hem (first time I tried that function) and as you can see, it’s not blind. I think I’ll use the double needle top stitch next time, and there will be a next time! I am very happy with the fit of my modified pattern. I have some lovely solid wool jerseys in my stash that want to be cozy long sleeved tops.

Material Notes

Wool Jersey




Garment Type
Bohemian, Casual, Romantic
Knits/Jersey, Wool

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    Dec 14, 2009, 08.13 PMby xnickerxje

    It looks great, and thank you so much for the detail on your mods. I want to give it a go now!

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    Dec 14, 2009, 01.44 PMby kallers

    What a great idea! I too love the Malissa sleeves, but shied away from the pattern because of the body. I might have to give this a try!

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    Dec 13, 2009, 11.43 PMby ncn6

    I laughed out loud at your pregnant lampshade comment, because that so happens to me on garments that just hang straight down off the boobs. I really love the print, too… how I wish I could pop down and pick up some for myself at two bucks a yard!

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    Dec 13, 2009, 10.18 PMby nehmah

    (Ya done real good, Louie!) The fit is great. Even though the Malissa is in a smaller size, I can us it due to the raglan sleeves. Your top looks so comfortable. Cordially, Nehmah

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      Dec 13, 2009, 11.14 PMby wzrdreams

      Thank you Nehmah!
      The pattern has plenty of fit ease built in and even though I cut the sz 42, which is the smallest size I normally go, the fit is quite roomy. Without the pleats I think it wouldn’t be hard to grade up a couple of sizes. This top was worth all the pattern mods, but I love the puzzle. :)

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