So I know I'm a little bit biased, but my daughter pretty much kicked butt as a flower girl. In my mind I had prepared for nothing but the worst - but that's when she usually surprises me anyways. We walked down the aisle together, because I knew there was no way to coherence her down by herself - and each handful of tossed petals was met with an enthusiastic "Wheeeeeee!"
Pretty freaking cute - and not bad for a little girl who isn't even two years old yet!
So the dress. Can you believe this entire dress cost me a grand total of $7 to make? Take that, David's Bridal! I bought a yard of this fabric from Joann's with a 50% off coupon (originally $14/yard), and the buttons, thread and lining fabric was from my stash.
I used the Flower Girl Dress pattern (very fitting) from Heather Ross' Weekend Sewing. It was super simple to make, and I finished the entire dress in a single sitting. I made a little more work for myself by adding a lining to the skirt since my outer fabric was rather sheer (I used a soft old sheet since Phoebe is always complaining about clothes being "too itchy"), but it definitely added to the floofyness of the dress, which earned her more cute points.
|She was quite the dancing machine at the reception. Glow bracelet - check. Lollipop - check.|
I read over the errata for this dress before starting, so I followed everyone's advice and added buttons to the back of the straps to make it easier to get on and off, but it was still a beast trying to shimmy that tiny little bodice over a squirmy toddler's arms and shoulders. But once it was on, it fit great and looked darn cute.
And it was comfortable enough to rock out in - very important!