Tuesday, June 4, 2013

New Project - Flower Girl Dresses

My niece is getting married at the end of June, so for the next few weeks I'll be very, very busy making these two flower girl dresses. McCall's 5791 for my great niece who is about 18 months old, and the Simplicity 3943 in a size 5 for my granddaughter, now 5 years old. These are not heirloom dresses, they have zippers in the back but are lined.

The dresses will be the ivory shantung on the right, with a purple sash and the flowered organza on the left for an overskirt. I'll be making the sleeveless version, with no collar and in tea length. I'll definitely make the brain squeezer for the littler one. These are all synthetic, polyester for the shantung and the organza fabric, nylon for the purple sash fabric.

Early in May I gave the bridal shower, we managed a sit down lunch on the patio. Very simple place settings.

 Smoked salmon on homemade rye toast,

And my black bean and corn salad in cucumber cups.

Individual ham and cheese quiches (this was a test batch the week before the shower).

Cookies for dessert! (we don't go in for the traditional cake).

Finally, a jar of rosemary salt for each guest to take home. This was as I was making them up, you can see the spilled salt on the table. I eventually tied a bit of twine around the neck of the jars for sort of a country look.

Now that I'm retired, I'm trying to schedule my days so I don't just hang around and not get anything done. So first thing in the morning I go for my walk/run, then garden for a few hours to take advantage of the Southern California June Gloom. A bit of housework and that pretty much takes care of the morning. The afternoon is devoted to sewing and stitching related activities, or an occasional errand. So, time to cut out a dress!


  1. Those dresses will be The Cutest, as Mary Corbet would say. :) Great fabrics.

    The food all looks delicious. Don't worry about being bored during retirement. All the retired women I know are just as busy as when they were working. Especially quilters. I think men have a more difficult time with it. Happy sewing!

  2. Sounds like you have a wonderful routine going on in your retirement. Your shower looked so lovely. Love what you have chosen for the girl's dresses. Love making that type of garment.

  3. The dresses are going to be beautiful. Looks like the bridal shower was gorgeous and the food looked so delicious.

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