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When I decided to make the flower girl dress for my daughter for an upcoming wedding, I had a definite vision in mind. It didn’t need to be period specific, but I wanted to coordinate the style with that of all the bridesmaids. After searching oodles of patterns, the Girl’s 1780’s Portrait Dress best fit my vision. Since the bridesmaids will all be wearing chiffon, that was my fabric of choice. Being that it and the lining are so very sheer, some tweaking in the construction was required. I generally followed the lined gathered bodice instructions. Rather than use a binding for the neckline casing, however, I formed the casing out of an additional full layer of bodice lining. The only other major modification that I employed was the use of French seams. I also made a simple petticoat to give the skirt more fullness and opacity. (Side note…the dress has yet to be washed and properly pressed, but I was too eager to get a few photos and share it.) This was my first time using one of your patterns. The dress turned out even better than I had hoped! Thank you, Jennie, for such a wonderful pattern! I very much enjoyed sewing this dress. ~ Ember

This is absolutely beautiful–from the ethereal fabric used to the wide sash and lovely gathered bodice. I know she looked adorable in those wedding photos! Thanks for sharing, Ember.

3 comments on “Ember’s Flower Girl Dress”

  1. I am looking for a 1812 dress (for a pattern of a dress that would be suitable to wear at a War of 1812 reenactment. No fluff or ruffles.) I am to be a wife of a common farmer. I wear size 12 – -14. I like the string gathered neckline and true waist … not under the bust. Could I be wearing an apron over it? Also, long or 3/4 length sleeves I am 88 yrs of age and have those terrible bruise marks on my arm.

    • Hello, Ann! If you are portraying a farmer’s wife in 1812, you could get away with making the drawstring dress from my 1780s Portrait Dress pattern, because only ladies under age 40 would be trying to show off the latest styles. A farmer’s wife in her 80s would be wearing what was popular when she was young and (more importantly!) what would be practical around the farm. In fact, you could actually create a round gown from my Regency drawstring gown in the Elegant Lady’s Closet pattern. However, you like a natural waistline, so that’s why I recommend the 1780s pattern. It has long sleeves and elbow-length sleeves as well. I hope this helps, and happy sewing!

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