Sew yourself this dreamy summer dress, the cut is truly unusual and special. The side seam has a distinctive egg shape, so we advise you to definitely use a flowing fabric. The racer neckline in the back emphasizes your beautiful back view and sits perfectly even in a woven fabric. With the integrated side seam pockets, Merissa is a casual and very sporty summer dress .

Length at center back = 113 cm

→ To the pattern “Merissa”

In this pattern, Merissa was sewn from a flowing, soft denim fabric.

Required material:

We recommend a flowing viscose, silk or cotton.

Sizes 34-42 Outer fabric 2.00 m 140cm wide
Sizes 44-50 Outer fabric 2.40 m 140cm wide
Sizes 34-50 fixing tape 2.50 m 1cm wide


Cut the pattern pieces from your outer fabric. Lay the fabric open with the right side of the fabric facing up. Place the selvedges parallel to the center so that you can place the front piece on the fold. The pattern pieces should all lie face up. Always align the thread up arrow on all pieces in the same direction and parallel to the selvedge of the fabric. Transfer all the clips from the pattern through a 3mm long incision with scissors or chalk and mark the ends of the darts. Clip the seam allowance in the fabric fold because this is always a center. Drill holes define positions of dart ends, pocket positions, and much more. Transfer these either with chalk or pins .

What you need from fabric:

  • 1x front part in the break
  • 2x back part
  • 1x front part receipt in the break
  • 2x back cover
  • 4x pocket bags

Sewing instructions:

To sew this dress you will need a sewing machine and an overlock sewing machine, or alternatively the zigzag stitch on your sewing machine to neaten the raw edges.

In addition to the description, the colorful lines in the pictures show you where a seam needs to be sewn or something needs to be glued.
When sewing, pay attention to the seam allowance included in the pattern. Seam allowances that are not specifically marked are 1cm wide!
Have fun sewing! After the cutting has been prepared, you can first work on the front part with the marked darts and process it accordingly. The resulting dart contents are ironed upwards. Next we can work on the back part and neaten the raw edge of the center back... ... and then sew together with 1cm, right sides together. The seam allowances are then ironed apart.

The side seams of the front and back are serged. The Merissa dress has practical side seam pockets. To do this, the back pocket bags are neatened along the straight cut edge. Sew the pocket bag to the back piece, right sides together, according to the marking on the pattern. Make sure to only stitch up to the clips. The second snap from the top in the section serves as an orientation that it is “above”. In the photo you can see the pocket opening on the right side of the body processed. The seam allowance of the back piece is then stitched flat onto the pocket bag. Make sure you only stitch flat up to the clips (see photo). Sew the matching pocket bag to the front of the right side of the body.

Work both sides of the body equally. Now let's get to the evidence. Before the facings are sewn together, the curves of the front facing and the outer support section of the back facing are ironed in place with forming tape with warp reinforcement (see photo). First, the bottom edge of the front facing is neatened. Then only the 1cm neck hole curve is sewn to the front piece. Cut the seam allowances for the neck hole. The seam allowance is now stitched flat, visible on the front facing. Now the armhole can be sewn together, right sides together, and fastened together. The seam allowances in the curves are also cut slightly for this purpose.

Turn the straps over to the right and iron everything flat.

The back facings are sewn together at the center back with a 1cm seam, right sides together, and the seam allowances are ironed apart. Now the entire bottom edge can be neatly cleaned... ... and stitched to the back with 1cm.

The straps of the finished front piece are pushed right sides together up to the top opening and sewn twice with 1cm. Make sure that the center back meets the straps exactly. Now the corners of the seam allowances have to be cut away so that they don't get in the way if you fall over and make the meeting point too thick. In addition, the seam allowances of the corner of the back piece are cut so that the seam allowance can spread when it falls. Here you can see the final result of the front and back straps. Everything is ironed neatly and smoothly. Before we can close the side seams, the pocket bags are sewn together with a seam allowance of 1.5cm. Make sure to land at the end points of the visible seam of the front and back pieces. The pocket bag can then be cleaned together.

Start closing the side seams at the top with 1cm. To do this, the facings are folded up and stitched right sides together with a 1cm seam allowance. End at the top meeting point of the seams for the side pocket. Stop at the bag and start again at the lower meeting point (see photo). The seam allowances are then ironed apart. Process both sides equally. Here you can see what the side seam looks like from the inside with the facings at the end. And because the front facing likes to fold up and then pop out, I stitched the straps all the way around, quilting feet wide. This means everything stays flat and is doubly secured. However, you can freely choose this option depending on your taste. Lastly, the hem is processed as marked in the pattern. Double ironed and stitched through.

Your MERISSA is ready !

If you don't know what to do next or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by email at info@schnittmuster-berlin.de. We will respond to you as quickly as possible. 

Have a lot of fun with your new designer piece! 

Warmest regards, Dagmar and Ellen. 

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