Goodness, did the month of May run away from anyone else? As soon as we got back from our trip to California, work got really busy, Me-Made May set it, and days started to disappear. I managed to finish outfits for the first two weeks of Project Sewn, but missed week #3 (as usual) and it’s going to be hit or miss whether I finish anything for Monday. We’ll see.
But, on to the matter at hand — a flower girl dress!
The main purpose of our California trip last month (other than to visit family — Albert hails originally from SoCal) was to see our good friend Leslie get married. Leslie is a friend of many years, and it was amazing to her as blissfully happy as she is with Bob! She is also N’s godmother, so both J and N got to be in the wedding.
I made almost all of the clothes that both the kids wore, but today I’m talking about N’s flower girl dress.
For the dress, I used a TNT pattern, about the most versatile, customizable little girl dress pattern out there — the Made by Rae Geranium dress. Seriously, you can do anything with this pattern. Dress it up, dress it down, embellish it, whatever you need. The pattern is so well drafted and the shape is so classic that it works for pretty much any occasion.
The wedding colors were gray and lavender with a theme of “burlap and lace.” So I made the whole dress in gray silk dupioni from Michael Levine and did an overlay of lavender lace on the skirt. For the sash, I used lavender silk dupioni, again from Michael Levine. The bodice was lined with a basic gray lawn to keep it soft against her skin.
As you can see, I went sleeveless for this dress with the gathered skirt. I like the cap sleeves in the pattern, but for the dressiness of this event, sleeveless seemed more appropriate.
But without a doubt, the best part of this dress has to be the buttons! Rather than just raid my stash for whatever was available, I wanted something special for this dress. I found these amazing Swarovski crystal buttons from Mood, and had to order 3 for the back of this dress.
$30 for three buttons is pretty rich, so I absolutely will be reclaiming them when she outgrows it!
N loves her dress! She refers to it as her “wedding dress” and wore it when I took her to see the Kansas City Ballet perform Cinderella for her birthday. Another indication of how great Geranium is — this dress was comfy enough that she wore it and ran around it in all day and was never too hot or uncomfortable.
By the time you factor in fabric costs and the buttons (silk and crystal ain’t cheap), I doubt it was any less expensive to make her dress than it would have been to buy one. But I also doubt that I could have found a RTW dress with the details I could add or one that so exactly matched the colors and theme of this wedding.
And that, my friends, is why we sew 🙂