I've been rather busy lately with custom orders for fall weddings! I just love creating heirloom quality flower girl dresses. The bride requested long dresses for two flower girls for her Nov. 2 wedding date.
After several consultations and much discussion, we decided on a basic yoke dress with a smocked skirt that would be floor length. The dresses were made from white batiste as well as the matching slips. I personalized the slips with a small monogram and finished the yoke edges of the slips with a scallop stitch prior to attaching to the skirt.
A small piece of insertion was added to the shoulder seam of the slip (after cutting too much off..oops) and will probably be one of my trademarks since it looked really good!
The smocking design came in a vintage Oliver Goodin pattern I had used numerous times for my daughter when she was little. We decided to use ivory thread to match the bride's dress and I added small seed pearls after smocking inside the 6 cables that stacked to form the pattern. This was the perfect contrast to the white dresses! The puffing effect in the center was formed after pulling the gathering threads.
Ivory lace was gathered and added to white beading for sleeve detail. Ribbon was threaded through the beading from each side and tied in the center of the sleeve and tacked down prior to sewing the sleeve seam.
Ivory batiste sateen was used for the piping, bias neck binding and covered buttons.
A deep hem was put in to allow the little girls to wear them for several years. I think the bride was going to keep one dress for her future children. A really great idea!
I think they turned out beautifully!