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05 May 2013

My Galaxy dress!

Celebrities (and me!) in Roland Mouret's Galaxy dress. Original photo from Diamonds and Lions blog
Roland Mouret's Galaxy dress has got to be one of the most famous dresses in the world. Obviously I couldn't let Dita and Cameron and the rest of the girls have all the fun, so I had to have my own Galaxy, even if I am 6 years late to the party!

Mine of course is made using pattern Vogue 8280. I made view A and added 3/4 sleeves, and from what I can now see in these photos I didn't do a very good job, hmmm.... I wonder what causes all those wrinkles on the sleeves? Did I have the sleeve on twisted for the photo? I'll have to investigate...
Vogue 8280 technical drawing, courtesy of Vogue Patterns.

Anyho... I do like my Galaxy dress and have worn it many times to work already, but there are two things that I must definitely change for v 2.0. First, is that I feel a bit too sexy with such an open neckline at work. So I think in the next version I will try to bring up the horizontal piece by 2-3cm. Or maybe I'll try the version with the sweetheart neckline.

The second thing I would change is something that many of the reviews on Pattern Review already pointed out: the side flange pieces are a bit too large and stand away from the body. I should have made the alteration that Pattern Review member Cristinagf describes in her Galaxy dress review. Instead as usual I forgot to read any reviews until after I was done with my sewing. My solution for the too large flanges was to ease some of the additional length at the bottom where they join the front bodice piece. Well, that worked to keep the flanges close to the body, but it also brings the bodice up a bit. That distorts the front skirt by bringing the hemline up a bit on the front compared to the back. You can see this on the side view, middle photo above. Not a good solution!

But I would say these two things are somewhat minor. I am quite happy with my Galaxy dress and I do wear it often. It looks stylish and because I made it with a pin stripe wool it brings just the amount of serious business for the office. Perfect combination if you ask me. :-)

I usually finish my posts with a link to the pattern review, but there are enough reviews of this pattern at Pattern Review, so I got lazy and decided to skip it this time...

10 comments:

  1. Technicities apart, (que son flanges?) the dress is gorgeous and ok, maybe the neckline is a bit low, but not too much, and you look great in it. I think you should de the next version sleeveless and in a bright colour, so that it is absolutely not work appropriate and you take it to celebrate things, just like the stars!

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    1. What a fantastic idea about the bright colour. Indeed I seem to make all my clothes for work. How boring! :-) I should experience the joys of being impractical once in a while :-) BTW, flanges is what Vogue called the front pieces that make the sides of the neckline and the shoulder. New word for me too!

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  2. Technicities apart, (que son flanges?) the dress is gorgeous and ok, maybe the neckline is a bit low, but not too much, and you look great in it. I think you should de the next version sleeveless and in a bright colour, so that it is absolutely not work appropriate and you take it to celebrate things, just like the stars!

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  3. That is a gorgeous dress- and the party is just getting started...

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    1. Thanks Bella, that neckline is truly flattering on just about everyone!

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  4. I love this. Great dress.

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    1. Thanks Ruth. It makes me think a little of your gym slip dress, bit similar neckline I think. BTW I have that pattern in my to-do list since I saw your version. I'll get to it some day! :-)

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  5. I love this dress. It's on my bucket list of sewing wants!

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    1. I recommend it wholeheartedly, it will look fantastic on you with your tiny waist!

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  6. What a fabulous dress! It is one of my Vogue patterns I have bought long ago due to many variations. I see I really have to make this dress... Your version is really stunning!

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