This week, I’m working on Vogue 8280 (view A, with the sweetheart neckline and no sleeves), which is apparently a knockoff of some famous designer dress known as the Galaxy Dress. I have to confess: I am a failure as a fashionista, and I hadn’t heard of this dress until I looked the Vogue pattern up on pattern review.
I’ve had the pattern in my stash for a few months, and am in the process of committing the fashion/sewing crime of making my version in quilting cotton. I know, I know. I resolved to work with more “big girl” fabrics, but after my mess with the knit earlier this month, I decided I deserved something easy to lift my spirits and confidence.
I started the dress on Sunday, and I am getting pretty close. I just need to attach the bodice to the skirt, install the zipper, seam finish, and hem. I also need to do a bit of hand sewing to clean up where the flanges (the arm straps) meet the bodice front. I think I’ll be able to finish before the weekend.
As for what I’m planning, I “pinned” this dress from Modcloth months ago as sewing inspiration because at $295, there’s no other way to get it in my closet. Bless you, Modcloth for inspiring me to learn to sew.
My father’s father immigrated to the US from Russia, and I think that’s part of why I’ve always been drawn to designs inspired by their culture and history.
Aside from the adorable matryoshka fabric, I really like the design of the dress. I especially like the large pleats and seaming on the bodice parallel to the V neckline.
I found a similar enough matryoshka fabric print shortly before pattern review announced their 2013 contest lineup. February 1 – 28 is the designer/RTW knockoff contest, and I think my perfect opportunity to make my own version of this dress. I’m finding it surprisingly difficult to find a pattern with a similar bodice, and I definitely do not feel skilled enough to draft my own. Vogue 1316 has some bodice seaming detail, but I hate the sleeves and the back. Butterick 5940 has a nice pleating detail on the bodice- might be close enough.
Vogue 8789 could be my best bet (bonus- I already have the pattern). The neckline and backline are already set up with a seam down the center front and back. Maybe I could alter those pieces of the pattern to add in the bodice seams. The waist darts might be an issue, but maybe I could work around them? I would absolutely have to muslin first.Does anyone have a better pattern or idea? I’d love to hear it. I’ve been through all the Big4 websites, but haven’t really looked at any independent patterns.