Sew this dreamlike summer dress, the cut is truly unusual and special. The side seam runs in a concise egg shape, so we advise you to use a flowing fabric in any case. The racer neckline in the back emphasizes your beautiful back view and also fits perfectly in a woven fabric. With the integrated side seam pockets, Merissa is a casual and very sporty summer dress .

Center back length = 113 cm

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 fixation tape 2.50 m 1 cm wide


Cut out the pattern pieces from your outer fabric. Lay the fabric open and with the right side of the fabric facing up. Lay the selvedges parallel to the center so that you can lay the front piece on the fold. The pattern pieces should all be face up. Always align the thread up arrow on all pieces in the same direction and parallel to the selvage of the fabric. Transfer all the notches from the pattern through a 3mm long incision with scissors or chalk and mark the ends of the darts. Pinch the seam allowance in the fold of the fabric 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 .

You need from fabric:

  • 1x front part in break
  • 2x back part
  • 1x front part receipt in break
  • 2x back slip
  • 4x pocket pouches

Sewing instructions:

To sew this dress you need a sewing machine and an overlock sewing machine, alternatively you can use the zigzag stitch on your sewing machine to finish 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 to be glued.
When sewing, pay attention to the seam allowance included in the pattern. Seam allowances that are not specially marked are 1 cm wide!
Happy sewing! After the cut has been prepared, you can first make the front part with the marked darts and process them accordingly. The resulting dart content is ironed upwards. Next, we can do the back piece and finish the raw edge of the center back... ... and then sew right sides together with 1cm. The seam allowances are then ironed apart.

The side seams of the front and back are trimmed. The Merissa dress has practical side seam pockets. To do this, the rear pocket bags are trimmed 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 to the snaps. The second snap from the top in the cut serves as a guide that it is "above". In the photo you can see the pocket opening on the right side of the body processed. Then the seam allowance of the back part is flat-stitched onto the pocket bag. Make sure you only flatstitch up to the snaps (see photo). Sew the opposite pocket pouch to the front piece on 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 stretch of the back facing are ironed in place with warp-backed shaping tape (see photo). First, the bottom edge of the front facing is trimmed. Then only the round neckline is sewn to the front piece with 1cm. Cut the seam allowances of the neckline. The seam allowance is now sewn flat, visible on the front facing. Now the armhole can be sewn together right sides together and turned over. The seam allowances are also cut into the curves for this purpose.

Flip 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 ironed apart. Now the whole bottom edge can be trimmed neatly... ... and are quilted with 1cm on the back part.

The straps of the finished front part are pushed right sides together up to the upper opening and double-stitched with 1cm. Make sure that the center back meets exactly on the straps. Now the corners of the seam allowances need to be cut away so that they don't get in the way when you fall and make the meeting point too thick. In addition, the seam allowances of the corner of the back part are cut so that the seam allowance can spread out when falling over. Here you can see the end result of the front and back straps. Everything is neatly smoothed out. Before we can close the side seams, the pocket bags are sewn together with a seam allowance of 1.5 cm. Make sure to land at the endpoints of the visible seam on the front and back pieces. The pocket bag can then be neatened together.

Start closing the side seams with 1cm at the top. To do this, the covers are folded upwards and stitched right sides together with a 1cm seam allowance. End at the top meeting point of the seams for the side pocket. Pass out 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 how the side seam with the facings looks from the inside at the end. And because the front lining likes to fold up and then flash out, I stitched the straps all the way around, the width of a quilting foot. So everything stays flat and is doubly secured. However, you are free to choose this option according to your taste. Finally, the hem is processed as marked on the pattern. Double ironed and stitched through.

Your MERISSA is ready !

If you don't know what to do, or if you have any questions, please send us an email to info@schnittmuster-berlin.de. We will answer you as soon as possible. 

Have a lot of fun with your new designer piece! 

Sincerely, your Dagmar and Ellen. 

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