Saturday, 30 June 2018

Vogue 8280 - The Galaxy Dress

Never one to be rushed or unduly influenced by current trends, I have recently made this Vogue dress which was released about a billion years ago, and is now out of print.



The pattern is Vogue 8280, which is a copy of Roland Mouret’s Galaxy dress, and I was lucky enough to get it from @jos_destash on Instagram a few months ago.  I made View A, but with the straight neckline.


My initial plan was to study the pattern and instuctions, and draft my own version due to my many fitting issues.  But when I was tracing the pattern, I realised that the finished garment sizes for the size 12 were pretty good, so, after shortening the skirt a bit, I made a toile of it.

Low and behold, the fit was amazing!!  The shoulders weren't too wide, and the bust wasn't too tight.  The only issue was the length of the bodice.  The fit was great from the waist up to the top of the bodice, so I took 3cm out across the upper back and shoulder pieces, and it totally worked!!

My fabric is some crepe fabric called "Tales Of The Orient" from Sewisfaction, which is sadly no longer available.  I had 1.5 metres, and as the pattern repeat is about 80 cm, I got a bit fussy about how I cut it.

I knew I'd need some of the red nearer my face, so cut the bodice front with the fish in the centre, and the red at the top.


Then I cut the skirt with the red towards the hem.   The bodice back has the red and yellow at the shoulders to balance it out.


I cut the shoulder pieces separately, and tried to match in the print as best as I could.  So I have the bird on one shoulder (because I liked it) and some yellow on the other shoulder to match in with the bodice.  



 

The bodice is lined with some black cotton voile, and sewing and lining the shoulder pieces is not without it's challenges!  Where the bottom of the curve joins the bodice, I ended up hand sewing from the inside to get it to lie flat.  But on reading some reviews of this pattern, that seemed to be a common issue.


It looks like the top of the bodice is falling in on itself, but that's just on the dress form.
I love how this dress turned out, even the straight skirt.  As we all know, I'm a big fan of a big skirt, and this pencil skirt was very much in the "I'm not sure" territory.  But it's always good to try something new!

There will definately be another version, I'm thinking green crepe, but it will have a half circle skirt. 
 

Have a great weekend,

Lynne

12 comments:

  1. Wow what a triumph. Your pattern placement is beautiful and the dress looks amazing. The fabric and design go perfectly together.
    I've wondered what crepe is like to sew with and have just bought the Sew Over it Zoe Dress pattern and some triple crepe. A new shape for me too, it's a semi fitted shift so I definitely need to make a muslin. Wish me luck! I hope you enjoy wearing your beautiful Galaxy Dress.

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    1. Thanks Elaine! Ooo, triple crepe is lovely, and is a bit easier to work with than a lighter weight crepe. It would be lovely as the Zoe dress, and a muslin is always a good idea. Good luck!!

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  2. Beautiful dress in this fabric! Love the style on you and what an amazing find not to have to do much to get such a terrific fit. You might have inadvertently just stumbled into the perfect "dress block" for you :)

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    1. Thanks Kathleen! This is one of Vogue's "Options" range, so I have already been having a look at some of the other patterns. I'd be interested to see what the fit is like on something like a shirt dress.

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  3. What beautiful fabric, and I love your attention to print placement! Very pretty!

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    1. Thanks Kelly! I really took my time cutting it out, and did the usual panic that I might have made a mess. But it turned out ok in the end!!

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  4. This is stunning! The fabric goes brilliantly with the design.

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  5. Crikey, I have this pattern in my stash. I remember making it for a client some years back. I think I added a feature curved and piped seam on the pencil skirt. Like you, I remember having a bit of strife with that curved piece on the bodice. What a gorgeous fit yours is! It will be amazing in green crepe too.

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    1. Thanks Diane! That skirt sounds lovely. I'm thinking of sewing the curved piece differently next time, so I'll see how it goes!

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  6. It looks great on you. I really love this fabric. There was a batik-y goldfish textile at ikea a while ago, but I was not able to get hold of any and have been looking on and off for something similar. I love the colours in this print and the style of the print - looks a little like embroidery or van gogh style lines.

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    1. Thanks Colette! The print reminded me of embroidery too when I was cutting it out, especially the yellow leaves. I never think of going to Ikea for fabric, and I really should, because the one in NI is about 20 minutes from me.

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