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Melissa McCarthy designed her purple Emmys gown - What do you think? (Photos)

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09/19/2011 by Kristina Lopez

Melissa McCarthy walked away with an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series at Sunday's Emmy Award ceremony and she did it in style, thanks to her own design.

"I designed [my dress] and I worked with Daniella Pearl, who is an amazing couture dressmaker," the actress told Us Weekly. "I just didn't see anything that I liked out there."

McCarthy added that the gown had pockets and that it was "wildly comfortable."

The actress told the magazine she had experience designing clothes before. "I went to college for clothing and textiles and always thought I would design women's clothing," she said. "Then [I] ended up in New York thinking I was going to go FIT and I started doing standup. So how A went to B, I don't know!"

McCarthy won the award for her role as Molly Flynn in the CBS show "Mike & Molly," marking the actress' first win and nomination and first such prize for the program. Her win, which was presented as a beauty pageant with all the nominees standing on stage, marked one of the highlights of the night.

When McCarthy's name was announced, she was crowned by presenter Rob Lowe and given a bouquet of roses along with her Emmy Award. The bit earned a standing ovation from the likes of Kate Winslet and others in the audience. McCarthy appeared visibly shocked at her win, saying she was at her "first and best pageant."

"I just want to say thank you - holy smokes!" she said.

The 41-year-old beat Tina Fey of "30 Rock," Amy Poehler of "Parks and Recreation," Tina Fey of "30 Rock," Laura Linney of "The Big C," Martha Plimpton of "Raising Hope" and last year's winner - Edie Falco of "Nurse Jackie."

According to McCarthy, Poehler came up with the idea for the bit. "I heard it first from Martha [Plimpton], but she said, 'Amy's got an idea!'" she told the magazine. "I said, if Amy Poehler thinks something's funny, I'm going to do it!"

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