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Galaxy Sweater Dress

Added Mar 2, 2011

by lauramae

Novato, Californ...






Vogue 8280: Fitted dress, lined bodice, back zipper closing with front flange. A, B, E, F: back slit opening. C, D: pleated lower section. Armhole and sleeve variations. A: sash with hook and eye closing. I chose View F. [This pattern is the Vogue knock-off of Roland Mouret’s fabulous Galaxy Dress from his Fall 2005 Ready to Wear Collection.]

This was my first experience with a knit. Granted, it was a double-knit, but without all those lovely bloggers out there, I would never have attempted a knit because of my lack of a serger. So thanks to all those lovely ladies that helped me realize that I can treat a double-knit like any old woven fabric. I did use a ball point needle which I found in my sewing basket – not sure why it was there – I probably bought them when I started sewing and did not know what to look for!

The instructions for this pattern are incredibly difficult to follow. This pattern is labeled “easy,” and I would disagree with this simply because Vogue sends you on a wild goose chase trying to figure out which part of three different sets of instructions to use. For example, I made up View F, so I begin at the end of page 4 of the instructions; I start by “making in same manner as Dress D, paragraphs 1-4,” then step 5 instructs me to continue as Dress A, paragraph 9-11 (although my view also contains paragraphs numbered 9-11), then step 15 of Dress F sends you back to Dress B – what a nightmare!
View F would have me put the sleeve head under both of my sleeves, although it is obvious to me that the pouf that needs to happen is just for the over-sleeve (so my sleeve head is sandwiched between the two sleeves). I also covered the gathered netting the creates the sleeve head with my lining fabric.
Also, the back of the pattern does not give a yardage amount for the lining – the only way to tell that the pattern in lined is from the description that states “lined bodice.”

That being said, no one step is terribly difficult. But please do not tackle this dress if you do not have any sewing experience – you will just end up incredibly frustrated!

I hand stitched the flanges to the bodice. This allowed me to wear a regular balconette bra instead of a strapless – the neckline is very wide! The sleeves and the sleeve head also pull the neckline wide and if the flanges are not secured, the shoulder seam fell off my shoulders.

I also lined the skirt and long-sleeves (not suggested in those lovely instructions, but very easy to accomplish on your own by simply cutting duplicate pieces in the lining fabric).

I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who fell in love with the original runway dress but could not afford it. And I will definitely be sewing this one up again . . . so many views, so little time to sew!

I love my dress! And my first experience with a knit went brilliantly. Thank you bloggers!

Material Notes

Brushed wool blend sweater double knit in maroon

Bemberg lining in port wine

Rayon seam binding (hug snug purchased at fabric.com)

22" invisible zipper




Fall, Winter
Garment Type

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    Mar 7, 2011, 04.29 AMby tahmineh

    omg gorgeous!!!

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    Mar 5, 2011, 12.55 AMby Dancerinthestars

    I am in quite excited by this dress…you did an incredible job. Just to point it out, that neckline really, really frames your face—which is a striking and beautiful one. Thank you for sharing!

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    Mar 3, 2011, 02.39 PMby Testosterone

    Outstanding job!

    You make double knits accessible, thank you for your fortitude and encouragement!

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    Mar 3, 2011, 02.39 PMby Testosterone

    Outstanding job!

    You make double knits accessible, thank you for your fortitude and encouragement!

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    Mar 2, 2011, 01.29 PMby sing0202

    Must. Buy. This. Pattern. I just hope it looks as good as yours!

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    Mar 2, 2011, 04.04 AMby leahfranqui

    I love every single thing you’ve posted on Burda! You have such a great sense of color and are obviously a really talented sewer! This is lovely and fits you beautifully.

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    Mar 2, 2011, 03.10 AMby koobakii

    I truly love all the styles you have made so far, we have similar tastes. I’m wearing my Vogue 8280 to work today which I made a few years ago, in a slightly stretch plaid suiting, although made in such a rush that I didn’t match the lines (very naughty I know). I agree, this pattern is most definately not ‘easy’, the flanges gave me no end of trouble, I couldn’t see the wood for the trees as they say, so having run up the road to a neighbour for help, it was clear that I’d put the flanges on the wrong sides and flipped over, grrrrrr. I was still handsewing the hem down on the plane later that day en route to a friend’s funeral, so it was very important for me to have it just right. I made the sleeveless version with box pleats and used a very fine stretch knit to line the top bodice piece only. I love this dress but, as you said, there are serious issues with the width of the neckline, (mine is safety pinned from inside in an attempt to take up the excess), so will definately adjust this for next time. Yours is just lovely especially the sleeves, and fits you perfectly, well done.

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    Mar 2, 2011, 02.30 AMby smallone

    I heard while in London recently that Roland Mouret was re-launching the Galaxy after reclaiming the rights to it – bet there isn’t one as nice as yours though!!

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    Mar 2, 2011, 02.04 AMby tanitisis

    This is gorgeous—-I love the colour and the shape, especially the neckline.

    I, too, <3 doubleknits :)

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    Mar 2, 2011, 02.04 AMby shannyanny

    gorgeous colour and the fit is superb! nice job!

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