Silk and satin, taffeta, organza, and tulle - each fabric has distinct characteristics and unique beauty. Yet it takes creative vision and expert design to transform them into fashionable flower girl dresses. The beautiful styles don't come to life, however, until worn by lovely flower girls.
The chosen fabric for a flower girl dress is the determining factor in the final style. Color is absorbed in a different manner by various fabrics. The style of a gown can appear slightly different depending on the dress material. Certain fabrics always come to mind when we think of flower girl dresses.
Pure raw silk would be a very expensive selection. Despite its beauty, true silk isn't a comfortable choice for a flower girl dress. Pure silk has a stiff, crisp feel. Most modern "silk" gowns are fashioned from blended fabrics.
Silk is woven with synthetic fibers to ensure softness. Such silken creations give you the beauty of silk plus a very comfortable feel. These dresses are easier to care for than pure silk. The combination of fibers results in a machine-washable fabric.
Shantung can be created from a weave of silk or synthetic fibers. Even when made from synthetic fibers, shantung is a spectacular fabric. It has the look of silk but is a much less expensive option.
Dupioni silk is similar to shantung but has a thicker, coarse fiber. This elegant fabric has a beautiful luster. Dupioni silk has an uneven texture as it is woven with slubbed yarns.
Silk faille is a smooth, lustrous fabric. It has a distinctive ribbed texture and an easy drape. A dress of silk faille with short peblum sleeves and a full skirt is a spectacular style.
Satin is used in the majority of flower girl dresses. The term "satin" refers to a smooth woven fabric (such as rayon, polyester, silk, poplin) - glossy on one side and dull on the reverse. An ivory satin A-line dress is a simple adorable style.
Wedding or bridal satin is a heavy matte satin. It creates a bright beautiful gown with slightly less sheen than regular satin. An ivory lace bodice over matte satin creates a memorable style.
Duchesse satin is a blend of silk and rayon (or polyester) woven into a satin finish. A soft duchesse satin bodice can flow to a full tulle skirt. Duchesse satin possesses a romantic elegance.
Organza is a popular wedding fabric. Organza is sheer and crisp like chiffon. Yet it has a stiffer texture than chiffon and more resembles tulle. Organza, however, is a more flowing fabric than tulle.
Organza can be created from various textile fibers. It is a smooth, soft, shimmery fabric which is usually white. Organza works great as an overlay fabric. Using organza as a top layer will add shimmer to any style.
Taffeta is the most lustrous fabric. It is crisp, smooth and has a slight rib. Taffeta can be woven from various fibers.
Two tone taffeta gives the appearance of two colors within the fabric. Our "Forever Yours" taffeta dresses in ivory, blue, white, or pink feature pick up skirts. We also stock taffeta gowns with a cross pattern bodice.
Tulle is a sheer netting in a hexagonal mesh pattern. It is generally made from silk, nylon, or rayon. Tulle is reminiscent of a ballerina tutu.
Tulle has light to medium stiffness and is used to create lovely layers. Tulle layers can be filled with rose petals as in the popular style of petal dresses. A sleeveless satin dress with a tulle petal skirt is a terrific tulle style.
Chiffon is a delicate transparent fabric. Because of its transparency, it is often layered and results in a flowing style. Chiffon is made from silk or rayon and has a very soft finish.
Chiffon drapes in a graceful fashion. Our "Vintage Embroidered Chiffon Dress" is pure elegance presented in a modern style. This elegant gown has an embroidered chiffon bodice and skirt. An attached crinoline slip gives us a glimpse of the luxurious style of past eras.
Velvet is a soft thick luxurious fabric. Velvet is seen as a rich and regal fabric. Velvet dresses are often in deep jewel shades such as rich burgundy or emerald green.
Velvet is the favorite fabric for winter weddings. Its warm look adds ambience. On the practical side, velvet provides protection from the chilling winter temperatures.
Don't Overlook Other Fabulous Fabrics!
If you want your flower girl to stand out, then choose some of the lesser-known but just-as-beautiful fabrics. Especially for a non-traditional, trendy wedding, you will want to think outside of the box!
Batiste is a soft, transparent, and lightweight fabric. Beautiful batiste can be pure simple elegance. Wearing a dress with short puffed sleeves and two rows of pleats at the hem, a flower girl can be a vision in white.
Crepe is a soft and light fabric with a crinkled surface. Flower girl dresses can be in taffeta crepe or silk crepe. A-line crepe skirts can have jewel accents. A chocolate pleated crepe dress is a current favorite for flower girls.
Georgette is a sheer fabric with a crepe surface. It is mostly made from polyester or silk. Georgette fabric looks great in a bright color. A ruched bodice in a vibrant georgette makes a bold fashion statement.
Organdy is a stiff transparent fabric. An organdy dress with ribbon trim at the bodice, waist, and hem is "oh" so grand! A jewel neckline and embroidered full organdy skirt will really get "oohs and aahs!"
Damask is much more lightweight than brocade and has raised designs. Damask is no longer just for draperies. This fabric is appearing at weddings - in favors, jackets, and in flower girl dresses. A silk damask bolero jacket can top a terrific gown.
Cotton sateen is 100% cotton in a tight satin weave. It is a soft smooth fabric with a subtle shine. A cotton sateen dress - with knotted tie straps and a colored band at the hem - is suitable for a beach wedding.
Voile is a soft sheer fabric in an open plain weave. This fabric drapes and gathers very well and has a crisp finish. A soft vintage voile with puffed sleeves and a pastoral print is perfect for a garden wedding.
Where Fabric Meets Style
The styles of flower girl dresses offer such wide variety - including different lengths and varying necklines. Certain styles are especially flattering to all body types. Discover even more about flower girl dresses!
Tea length is a style which falls between the knee and the ankle. Contemporary designs often have clean lines and simple styles which look great in a tea length. This style is a very comfortable and safe length for younger flower girls.
Two layer tea length tulle skirts swirl about with minute streamers of beads and rose buds. A matte satin bodice with daisy designs can accentuate a tea length organza skirt. Embroidery, pearls, ribbons, and flowers can embellish tea length dresses.
Full-length dresses fall right down to the floor in true "little princess" style. Be certain that the length is safe for a young flower girl. Patent leather shoes with an inch heel can be an aid to lift the dress. This solution works well with a junior bridesmaid.
Full-length dresses are often in the ball gown style with fitted bodices and full skirts. For junior bridesmaids, the dresses may be a more streamlined style. Little princesses, however, love a pink Cinderella-like gown. Be certain that your flower girl is in "pink princess" style!
Flower girl gowns often have sweetheart necklines. Nothing says romance more than a sweetheart neckline. A sweetheart dress has a neckline cut in the shape of a heart. Sweetheart necklines are often further adorned with appliques, beads, or sequins.
A jewel neckline is a high rounded neckline. Detailing such as beading is usually present in this style. A jewel neckline is the essence of timeless beauty. For a more trendy look, you can opt for a dress with a square neckline.
FASHION THAT FLATTERS
A-line dresses are the winners in this category. A-line dresses flatter all body types. They can make anyone seem slimmer for that special occasion.
The secret of the A-line dress is in its cut - smaller on the top, bigger on the bottom. A fitted bodice flows to a fuller A-line skirt. A-line dresses smooth curves but add up to shapely fashion.
In an empire waist style, there is a high waist - far above the natural waistline. The folds of the dress fall from the waist to a full loose skirt. This style is common for little girl fashion. An empire waist, however, is popular with all ages because of its slimming effect.
The empire waistline is often embellished with flowers, beads, or sequins. Empire waist dresses can be in either simple or elaborate style. The design of the empire waist dress, however, always makes every wearer feel like a princess.
What Is The Best Thing About Flower Girl Dresses?
Besides being available in countless styles, one dress can use a combination of luxurious fabrics. An organza bodice can meet a tulle skirt. Satin flowers can adorn tulle skirts.
What Could Be Even Better Than Combining Two Fine Fabrics In One Dress?
Using two fabulous styles, one luxurious fabric, a terrific length, a touch of vintage, the right sequence, and fantastic color!
The Perfect Solution:
Flower Girl Dress- A-Line Empire Waist Chiffon Dress w/ Sequence Trim - and attached crinoline slip! (available in pink, blue, white, or yellow)
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