Saturday, February 24, 2018

title pic Vogue 9266 – A First Lady Suit Replica

Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on August 5, 2017

Melania Trump’s Blue Suit Pattern

If you’ve followed my blog for a while you will know I’m a huge fan of First Ladies’ fashion.  I became fascinated with all the amazing gowns on display in the National History Musuem as a teenager, and I was able to get some good photographs of the exhibit the last time I was in D.C.  Over the years I’ve scoured the internet for anything I can learn about America’s First Ladies – from their favorite colors to their decorating schemes, and – of course – what they wore.  No matter what political opinions they or their husbands held, I think of them as an integral part of my country’s history, and a representation of what fashion was doing at the time they lived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Naturally this year I was rather curious to see what the incoming First Lady would choose for her inauguration attire, since she was a former model and is given to wearing rather expensive outfits! 😉  While I didn’t like her inaugural ballgown at ALL, I thought her Ralph Lauren powder blue dress and matching bolero were STUNNING.  With the almost 1960s French twist in her hair, and those long, elegant gloves, she looked effortlessly classic and chic.  Honestly, I think Melania’s inaugural outfit was the most beautiful one we have seen in years.


So imagine my surprise when Vogue Patterns just released a nearly identical replica of it in their Fall 2017 collection! (Vogue 9266)  Vogue Patterns nailed all the details of this design – from the crossover cowl neck to the raglan sleeves.

 They also show a picture of the dress without the bolero on, which you would have only noticed on Inauguration Day if you watched the luncheon in the Capitol rotunda.  (Pictures below).


Both dresses have diagonal darts at the neckline and 3/4 length sleeves.  The Vogue Patterns version has looser sleeves than Melania’s, but it looks like the First Lady’s version actually took a zipper to get into the sleeves!

Both versions appear to be made from a beautiful wool coating material.


For my part, I think Melania Trump is a true connoisseur of fashion, and I’m certain she will go down in history as an icon of First Lady’s style.  And now I’m really tempted to buy this pattern and recreate her outfit!  Thank you, Vogue Patterns, for recreating this gorgeous suit!

Happy sewing!


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