Hunting for flower girl dress patterns is fun for me because I get to imagine the mothers of these little debutantes. Taking a curling iron to the head of a toddler — that's brave. And those sleeves? Somebody please show me the kid who will keep those things on long enough to dump some flowers on the floor. Or maybe I've lost all perspective since my kid won't even wear a barrette in her hair.
Moving on, as I've previously mentioned, I am making a flower girl and a junior bridesmaid dress for a wedding in the fall. The flower girl (my kid) will be three years old by then, and the junior bridesmaid will be 11, I think. The bride wants the dresses to be similar in style, though different in colour, fabric and a little more length to the older girl's dress for a more sophisticated look. Here are the photos of the two dresses she likes:
|Imagine this in ivory with a pale green sash.|
|Picture this one in black with the same pale green sash as the flower girl dress pictured above|
I like her choices. Very simple cut to the bodice. Appropriate for a child, and nothing uncomfortable or strange that a kid would likely pick off before her duties are done. I also favour a simple design that showcases a great fabric or detailing like a lovely flower at the waist. Also: it's just easier.
I believe I have looked at every single flower girl dress pattern in existence. Junior bridesmaid dresses in a preteen size are harder to come by. Also difficult: finding a pattern that comes in both 3T and size 10. Many of the patterns I have found only go up to size 8. If anybody has any ideas....the older girl is pretty slight, so I think I could just add generous seam allowance and a few inches to the hem of a smaller size and we'd be OK. We don't live anywhere near her, so I'll be hemming it the night before the wedding anyway.
Here is my short list:
|Kwik Sew 3348|