Flower girl dresses can be expensive at salons, especially when alterations are required. Fortunately, flower girl dresses are quicker and easier to make than wedding gowns and can be made by any experienced home dressmaker. If you have experience setting sleeves, gathering skirts, and working with lightweight or slippery fabrics, a flower girl dress is a project you can tackle with confidence. Just take your time and follow the pattern directions. Here are some pattern suggestions.
Project Runway Dress Patterns
A Project Runway pattern, Simplicity 2430 comes in toddler sizes or girl’s sizes 4 to 8. The pattern includes a sundress and a puffed-sleeve dress. Both options have a short, full skirt and instructions for several types of embellishments. Make this dress in washable eyelets or batistes for the youngest flower girls. Older girls will feel extra special in taffeta or other bridal fabrics.
Simplicity 2767 is a dressier Project Runway pattern in the same size range. A round neckline and several interesting sleeves in different lengths make it easy to coordinate the flower girl’s dress with the styles worn by others in the bridal party. 2767 offers a plain skirt, bubble skirt, or pick-up skirt. Instructions for fabric flowers are included as well. These patterns require some sewing experience.
Heirloom Dress Pattern
The Heirloom Tea Dress by Judith Dobson is available from Martha Pullen. This dress is a favorite among those who do heirloom sewing. The pattern includes sizes 2T through 10 to fit most flower girls. The tea dress also makes a wonderful Easter dress or First Communion dress. Use 100% cotton batiste and laces for best results with this pattern. If you lack heirloom sewing experience, consult a book such as Sewing for Children, part of the Singer Sewing Library. You should be able to find a copy through your local library.
Vogue Dress Patterns
Vogue 7681 is a beautiful formal dress pattern in sizes 2 through 8. Short raglan sleeves, princess seams, wide neckline, and long, full skirt combine for a classic flower girl style. An attached sash ties in the back, so the dress is beautiful whether she faces forward or backward. This dress is fully lined and requires some more advanced sewing experience.
Vogue 7845 is a more mature style for older flower girls or junior bridesmaids in girl’s sizes 7 through 16. This sleeveless or short-sleeved dress has princess seams and an optional short jacket. The simple styling is perfect for lace, although the dress is also great in satin or crepe. The suggested length is just above the ankle.
A dressmaker can derive great satisfaction from making a one-of-a-kind flower girl dress for a special child. Since the dress will be custom made in the correct size, no alterations should be necessary, saving time and money.