completed: the galaxy dress, a loving ripoff

8 Nov

i know we’re all familar with the roland mouret’s galaxy dress:
galaxy dress - the original
although i did not discover it until last year, it became an instant “must-have.” lucky me, vogue 8280 it an absolute, blatant rip-off, making this dress completely obtainable for my greedy hands.

let me preface this post by saying this pattern is confusing as shit. it’s not necessarily difficult, per se, but the instructions jump around a lot and i noticed many people were complaining that they inadvertently caught themselves sewing up the wrong view. so, fair warning, y’all. i went over the instructions before sewing, circled & highlighted what i needed, and wrote things like “STOP!” and “DON’T DO THIS!!!!1″ under the ones that were unnecessary.

that was my smart moment.
my not-so-smart moment was skipping the muslin. oops. i ended up having to open up the shoulders & remove about 5/8” from each piece. this is an adjustment i ALWAYS make with vogue patterns – why i didn’t make the adjustment to the flat pattern, i have no idea. sometimes i just refuse to learn from my mistakes.

the pattern calls for lining only the bodice and self-facing the flanges with the fashion fabric. since my fabric is a super wooly, super itchy tweed, i interlined them with cotton & faced with my lining. i also lined the skirt and covered the sleeve heads as well. the whole thing is pink on the inside! yay pink! i also stitched down the flanges to the bodice, as otherwise they would have have just been flapping around, and no. the pattern calls for no interfacing or stay-stitching (right??), and i was afraid those seams around the neckline would stretch, so i stabilized them with strips of silk organza – both the bodice neckline & the curves of the flanges. nothin’ sadder than a gapey neckline, amirite?

i used the aforementioned itchy wool tweed (yard sale score – $3 for 4 yards OH YEAH) and watermelon-pink bemberg rayon (left over from my circle skirt) to line. i actually stashbusted the shit out of this project; the only things i had to buy were the seam binding and a spool of brown thread. basically, my galaxy dress cost me less than $10. take that, mouret!

galaxy dress

galaxy dress b00ty
this is a *very* fitted style, as evidenced by the booty protrusion

galaxy dress
i put a lapped zipper in the back since i was afraid an invisible zip would have trouble zipping over those layers. i like the effect, but i got a small bubble at the waistline. ugh.

galaxy dress
had to lighten this photo, but check out the sleeve detail! yeehaw!
also, i know i kind of look preggers here but i promise i’m not 😉

galaxy dress

galaxy dress - sleep cap
here’s a little progress shot – the sleeves are giant & droopy without support, so i made a sleeve cap to give them some lift. i used horsehair crinoline and stuck it between the sleeve & the sleeve lining. the instructions wanted me to put it on top of the lining… why?

galaxy dress - sleeve
happy sleeve!
i ended up tacking my down by about 1/2″ at the sides – they were super huge & too footballesque, otherwise!

galaxy dress
the lining took forever because i had to keep changing out the thread from brown to pink. i think it was worth it, though.

galaxy dress - hem
put a little seam binding at the hem

snap inside dress
the neckline also had it’s fair share of problems (something i could have dealt with if i’d bothered to make a proper muslin!) – it is wide. too wide to wear a normal bra with! i don’t do strapless and i don’t do braless, so i sewed these little snaps inside the V to hook my bra to.

bra snap
and here is the bra i sacrificed to the galaxy dress. it was the most low-cut out of any bra i own, and uhhh it’s teal blue.

so yep! there’s my galaxy dress, and another outfit down for fall/winter 2011! next up: the peony. i’m working on my muslin right now 🙂

galaxy dress

36 Responses to “completed: the galaxy dress, a loving ripoff”

  1. Miss Crayola Creepy November 8, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

    It looks amazing!!

    I have held off from sewing Vogue patterns because I have heard that they are difficult. Then again, I am a beginner, so everything is difficult for me! 🙂

  2. prttynpnk November 8, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    Gorgeous! I like your fabric choice and everything about it!

  3. Joanne November 8, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    Wowsers – you look utterly awesome in that dress. It’s gorgeous! DO make a muslin for the Peony else you’ll have issues – it’s a bit weird that way. And I reckon you will probably have to take some width off the shoulders seeing as you’re teeny tiny. Looking forward to seeing it! May I say it again though – wowsers

  4. NewRibena November 8, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    Absolutely gorgeous. Great idea about putting the snap on the bra

  5. CGCouture November 8, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    I have this dress in the lineup of things to sew…someday…. Maybe I should just do it already! Yours is gorgeous! 🙂

  6. Jane November 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    Wow! It’s gorgeous and a perfect fit – you look amazing in it. Love the tweed with the pink lining, x

  7. Portia November 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    omigod lady!!! You are gettin’ goooooood at this sewing malarkey!!! The bra snap idea is GENIUS!
    Seriously love this.

  8. Abby November 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    Wow. If Vogue’s stitched up version of the dress had looked less matronly and more like yours, I would already own this pattern. I’m totally going to get it the next time JoAnn has a sale on Vogue patterns. 🙂

    • lladybird November 9, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

      vogue has the worst cover art! i don’t even look at the envelope fronts anymore (er… except to make fun of them ;), just the line drawings on the back.

  9. Jo November 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    To Lladybird:
    Can I be you?

    p.s your writing style is hilarious! and I love your tag “ripping off your shit”

  10. leahfranqui November 8, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    Holy Gorgeous-face, batman! This is so stunning! I just adore this on you, you make it look couture and so effortlessly chic! Well done, this is excellent.

  11. leahfranqui November 8, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    PS: Difficult as shit is so the way I feel about Vogue Patterns. Even the “very easy” ones. Screw you, Vogue, for making me feel like an idiot.

    • leahfranqui November 9, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

      PS: My sewing blog is, I realize this links back to my theater blog, lame.

  12. Kimberly November 8, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    very nice!

  13. Marie November 8, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    Absolutely gorgeous! Love the fabric, the neckline and the sleeves!!!

  14. Suzy November 8, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

    Gorgeous and great fit! I love the material too

  15. Molly November 8, 2011 at 9:53 pm #

    This looks great! Good work!

  16. ruth November 9, 2011 at 12:54 am #

    It’s fabulous!

  17. Mary November 9, 2011 at 1:25 am #

    What a hot dress, it is fabulous. I love the contrast between the tweed and the lining.

  18. Claire (aka Seemane) November 9, 2011 at 7:03 am #

    Love this in the tweed – great job, you love amazing in it!
    I had this pattern in my stash for around a year – still not brave enough to try it (not sure it’ll suit my figure LOL!)

    • Claire (aka Seemane) November 9, 2011 at 7:05 am #

      …should read “you look amazing in it” … I woz typin’ too fast!!

  19. elain November 10, 2011 at 9:32 am #

    omg, the dress is pretty. I will definatly have to add to my stash.

  20. Sue November 10, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

    Stunning dress! I love the pink lining too! x

  21. Kerry November 10, 2011 at 3:21 pm #

    Wowee! What a fabulous dress, incredibly stylish and a great fit. Well done!

  22. Tilly November 10, 2011 at 3:46 pm #

    Oh my! This is a stunner! You did such a great job – it fits perfectly and it looks so professional with those fancy sleeves and everything. I love the fact that the shell fabric is sober, professional tweed and only you (and the internet) know that it’s all shiny and pink inside! I’ve got this pattern in my collection but haven’t made it up yet – why oh why do they always make the models look so frumpy on the cover? Your version is ooh la la way sexier!

  23. Jill November 10, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

    Seriously, I love this whole thing, the tweed/pink lining combo-perfect! And the snaps, dang, I never would have thought to do that, but it’s brilliant.

  24. zilredloh November 11, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

    This is so fab! And you look amazing in it! I want to go out and buy the pattern now, but I don’t think I could pull it off as nicely as you do. 🙂 Cheers!

  25. Stephanie November 13, 2011 at 8:40 am #

    Omg, your dress is amazing and you look smokin’ hot in it! I’m buying that pattern, like, today. Love your blog.

  26. Amelia November 23, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

    I might need to rip off your rip off! It looks great on you, I really like the sleeves, so cute. I think Joann’s is having a sale on patterns. I need this one. I just came across your blog and I am really enjoying reading it!

  27. Ngoc January 30, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    Hi. I love your make of this pattern. I’ve been pondering making this myself, without the sleeves, but you’ve inspired me! I’m still worried about the puffy sleeves though – would you wear a jacket over it? Thanks

    • LLADYBIRD January 30, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

      Thank you! To be honest, the sleeves are pretty big – I can’t wear a cardigan over them because it makes me look like a football player! Haven’t tried a jacket but mine are pretty sleek-fitting so I assume it would be a similar effect. Hope that helps.

  28. Livo September 24, 2013 at 2:48 am #

    Hei from Norway. Well done Girl.!!!! I am thinking to sew this dress, I am waiting for the fabric that I ordered. I am doing some changes to the pattern, the bust area and the sleeve.


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