I’ve been hard at work trying to get a million things done by the wedding. It’s 22 days and 5 hours away!
First up, I made a bunch of sashes: one for me, one for my sister’s bride’s maid dress, one for the bouquet, and one for the hand fasting ceremony. Phew.
Look I made a sash puppet! For my sash and my sister’s I used the pattern piece for the tie from M5314, a out of print woven wrap dress. I used it for the first dress I ever made with a pattern. I want to revisit the pattern again someday, because I absolutely loved that dress. It was a little bit revealing, but was originally made for a burlesque show so that was a good thing! It’s now a wrap skirt and I still love it.
For my sash, I cut two pieces of the pattern piece instead of one and I lengthened it. The tie for the dress is super long already, but I wanted to be able to make a bow and still have the ends hanging almost to the bottom of the skirt. I also like the pointed ends for my sash. Pictured here with some of the wedding decoration prep:
See how long it is?
The prep for the wedding decorations is for balloons at the reception:
They are wrapped in red tulle and have a fake flower and ribbon tied around them. They are hanging with fishing line so we don’t have to bother with helium. My friend Rob came up with the idea from a Pinterest post and then helped me put it together. He’s my expert decorator and an all-around fabulous guy!
For my sister’s sash, I followed the pattern and cut one and then folded and sewed. Instead of a point at the end, this sash has a diagonal cut. My sister’s sash is half the size of mine in width and a lot shorter. Below, you can see that the sash isn’t even half the length of mine.
For the bouquet and the handfasting sashes, I just winged it. They are both the same size with a diagonal end mirroring my sister’s sash.
I think I’ve talked about the sashes enough. Who really cares about triangles of fabric?
The flower girl dress is the star of this post!
I started with the Sweetheart Dress Pattern from Very Shannon. My niece is five years old so I cut the 5T. Although, I asked my sister to measure Grace just in case and she falls between 4T and 5T. I chose to cut the 5T for comfort, because the finished measurements are fitted across the chest.
The pattern pieces are so tiny!
Cutting out kid’s clothing is a completely different experience. I made Grace pj pants for Christmas last year and was so confused how teeny tiny they were. I thought it must be impossible that a five year old is that small. The pants were a little large on her, though! I don’t think I mentioned the pattern for her pj pants in that post, but it was the Avery lounge pants from Livi Stitches. It was an okay pattern. My only criticism was that it doesn’t have standard size cuts for the elastic in the waistband, but instead says to use your kids as a model and wrap it around their waist to get the length. Great if you have a kid right there. Not so great if the kid you are sewing for is 1600+ km away. A google search gave me standard sizes so I used those.
My sister and her family live on the East Coast so there is no chance of checking the fit on this dress until the week of. I’m not worried, because kids are pretty easy to fit and my sister gave me Grace’s measurements.
I have to say that I can’t really make any comment on the instructions in this pattern as I didn’t look at them very long. I sort of just followed my own methods for the self-lined bodice and heart cutout. I think I glances at them to understand how the heart cutout worked and that was it.
It came together really easily. Tiny bodice plus gathered skirt. That was all. I probably had more trouble with the tiny proportions than with the pattern itself.
It’s a very cute dress and will look very adorable on Grace. She has gold sandals to match the wedding colours. I added a gold button at the back to match the colours, too.
I won’t rate the dress since I haven’t seen how it fits Grace yet, but I tentatively give it 5 stars, because it’s incredibly cute and was easy to make.
Wedding prep is all-consuming now. I haven’t had much of a chance to think of anything else. Although, I have sketched out some summer sewing plans and cut out another M6696 and another cloned bra (in fushia this time). I will also be cutting out a camisole for underneath the wedding dress. I’m using the Savannah pattern from Seamwork without any lace at the neckline. Should be a quick make. I am also making little shorts in silk using the shorts portion of the Parisian Nights PJs from Winter Wear Designs. I’ve made them up in flannel before and I just have a few modifications to make and then make a waistband for it. Should also be an easy make. If I have time, I will make a beige bra and some matching undies, but honestly, if I don’t have time or I feel stressed, I’m not going to go to the trouble.
Our basement/my sewing room has a water leak issue from the window. I might have to move everything upstairs so my landlady can deal with that. Also, it smells horrible in there. A combination of wet dog from the carpet, mold, and dead spiders, I assume. Makes for some unhappy sewing, but I have too much to do to stop now!
Forgot to include this silly picture of me in a tulle wig!
Also in the series:
April: The Wedding Dress, pt. 1: The Design, the Muslin, the Fabric, and the Outfit
May: The Wedding Dress, pt. 2: Construction and Details
Stay tuned for:
June: The Wedding Lingerie
23 thoughts on “The Flower Girl’s Dress and Sash(es)”
Such a sweet little dress! I have no doubt that your niece will look adorable in it. The small size of kids clothes always gets me doubting myself when I don’t have the kid in question nearby to compare the pieces to. I made a shirt for my nephew two years ago and he’s just able to fit into this summer! I hope the problem with your sewing room gets resolved soon and as painlessly as possible!
Thanks, Anna! 🙂 We’ve had a few pretty heavy rainfalls here that are causing the problem. Hopefully better weather mean we can fix the issue. 🙂
I also want a sweetheart dress! That heart cutout is supercute!
Right?! I am thinking a heart cutout would be perfect for a future dress. 😀
ADORABLE! Gah. I hope you are wearing that tulle wig to the wedding… or at least some sort of bachelorette function! Fabulous, darling!
Thanks, Megan! I think the bachelorette will include tiaras and tulle in some way. 😉
Great work girl! That flower girl dress is so precious. Can’t believe your big day is just around the corner!!!
Thanks, Alicia! I can’t believe it either! 😀 😀
I loooove that deep red. Going to look SO GOOD with the white of your dress, too. Can’t wait to see them all together.
The heart cutout is just unbearably adorable, too.
Thanks so much! I love the red, too. 🙂 🙂
We all should be wearing tulle wigs! The cutout heart is so sweet!
Tulle wigs all the time! 😀 Thanks, Elizabeth. Now I want to add a heart cutout to a dress for myself. 😉
I love that dress sooooooo much! Iwant a dress with a heart cut out too. I’m so impressed with everything you are making. And yes, definitely don’t make anything that will stress you out! Xxx
Thanks, Rosie! I definitely need to make a dress with a heart cutout sometime in the future. 🙂
So very exciting!! Everything is looking great!!! 😀
Thanks! 🙂 It’s all coming together. 😀
Oh dear, I completely missed your weding announcement and your first posts about your dress. I love what you are planning. Now it is only very few days away, I really hope you will have a wonderful day, but I can’t imagine how not with all the beautiful things you planned and prepared!
I plan to marry next spring and am tempted to make my 5-year-old niece a dress with that heart-cutout, it is too cute ❤