A Spring of Silk

Since the beginning of the year, I have been working on making the dresses for the flower girls for my son’s wedding to Kathryn. Tom and Kathryn have been together for 7 years and we are delighted that they have got married. Kathryn has some wonderfully creative ideas and I knew that when I agreed to make the dresses, she would want something stunning but not too fussy. The four girls ranged in age from 5 to 18 months and my problems were compounded by them living in Derbyshire, Essex and Hampshire!

I chose the pattern from Oliver and S. Their patterns are beautifully drafted and their instructions are brilliantly clear.  Having looked around the internet, I decided on The Fairytale Dress. Which little girl doesn’t want one of those?

After talking to Kathryn we decided on ivory silk dupion with a contrasting sash to tone with the adult bridesmaids. But how to get the fittings and sizing done without marathon trips around the country? I asked the mums to send me the measurements and to photograph how they took them. Fortunately everyone took them appropriately and I cut out the calico bodices and marked on them the centre front and backs showing the overlap at the back and the waist line. I then sent them to the mums and asked them to photograph them on the children. The two in Derbyshire had a sewing granny who helped by holding a tape measure showing the gap where the bodice didn’t meet. So by various methods we got there!

Making the dresses was a joy. They were fully lined with tulle underskirts and I learnt so much from making them. The tulip sleeves were delightful and beautifully drafted so they went together like clockwork.

The final challenge was finding the fabric for the sashes. I tried everything I could to find fabric which toned with the bridesmaids’ dresses but nothing really looked good. Eventually I contacted the manufacturer of the bridesmaids’ dresses and they sent me the chiffon. It was expensive but I could at least rest assured that they matched! But the sashes proved a mission. Chiffon is too floppy so they had to be stiffened with interfacing. I tried a variety before settling on woven fairly structured interfacing so that the sashes would have some body.

So, the final outcome? Here you are, some shots of the flower girls in their finery. They had a blast and looked scrumptious.



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