Back in 2012, Heather's oldest daughter was asked to be the flower girl in a good friend's wedding. This friend loves homemade items and has very vintage taste. Heather knew she wanted to make her daughter's dress, but it had to be just right and seem in place at a formal wedding. She found the Party Dress pattern in Knitting for Baby by Melanie Falick and Kristin Nicholas and knew it offered the customizable options she needed.

Heather chose Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton for the knit bodice. She had to modify one of the shoulder straps in order to make it fit over her daughter's head. Then the sewing. Heather found some orqanza that she doubled up and stuffed with fake flowers (stitched down so they didn't all shift to one side). She put a layer of dupioni silk behind it, gathered the waist, hemmed the silk, then hand-stitched the skirt to the bodice.

Heather isn't an expert seamstress, so she says this dress really pushed her. She also loves it because it combines two crafts: knitting and sewing. And it shows that something really simple can be quite stunning. It also shows how you can take a pattern and really change it to become what you want.

flower girl dress