I did get her to agree to a dress - with the condition that it was not a girly color, not a tutu, and that it had sparkles on it. She actually requested the sparkles which I thought was kind of funny, but hey I like sparkles so that worked for me.
I had originally planned on just ordering a dress online, and almost immediately found this one and fell in love with it:
I put it out of my head for a while as we planned all of the other bits and pieces of the wedding, and then went back to order it about a month ago. I was already a little hesitant about the price tag ($45 - though the website now says $58) for a one-time dress that she would probably not even keep on the whole night, but then shipping came up as $40 and that was the end of that idea.
On to Plan B - making her dress.
I do sew, so the thought of making her dress wasn't indimidating or daunting. I was just worried that I wouldn't be able to find something she liked as much as the one above.
I went on a fabric hunt and found a perfect navy chiffon which is light and silky smooth and great for a summer dress, as well as an overlay fabric with the perfect bit of sparkle.
I decided on this cute Burda pattern which I know I'll be able to use in the future since it's a simple summer dress. The bottom right dress is what I ended up making.
Before I cut into the real fabric I always make a prototype using cheap fabric from my stash. This pink cotton really threw her for a loop and you should have seen her eyes when I asked her to try it on. I explained that it was just a test to see if it would fit her and that it wasn't the real dress, but later on when her mom asked her how the dress fit she leaned over and said 'it's PINK!' hahah..
After a little fiasco with my sewing machine and a tiny bit of swearing, I sat down and got to work. I had it finished in about 2 hours - with dance breaks and dog snuggles in between.
The finished product - only $20 total with both fabrics, thread, a zipper and a pattern:
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And the perfect finishing touch for a non-flowery flower girl? A sign to carry instead of flowers to toss.