Children's Clothing, Design, and Elegance

2015 Trend Report: Weddings Fit for Royalty

Posted by Isabel Garreton on Feb 27, 2015 10:52:19 AM

We were so pleased to read that the Wedding Trends Report from The Knot forecasts a return to tradition and opulence fit for Royalty. The fancier, the better, according to the report. That means large wedding parties, cathedral ceremonies, formal, well-heeled, old-world style. Think Downton Abbey. 

Fairytale Flower Girl Dresses

Flower Girls will multiply in number and they’ll be dressed to fairytale proportions in layers of fine fabrics with hand embroidered details, perfectly tied bows, monogrammed sashes, and more.


 Delight in White with Crown           Timeless WIth Monogram
                Delight Lace Girls Dress                                      Timeless Girls Dress with Monogrammed Sash


Statement Flower Girl Accessories

Flower Girl accessories, from white patent leather shoes and silk Cinderella slippers to gloves trimmed in pearls and matching handbags to delicate floral crowns and pearl-adorned boleros, capture a bygone era when children didn’t need a wedding to dress their best!


Gloves with Pearls  Cashmere Bolero and Halo
                 Girls Gloves with Pearls                                                        Girls Cashmere Bolero with Pearls
Girls Ivory Floral Crown             Pink Taffeta and Tulle Flower Girl Purse
    Girls Floral Halo Ivory                                                       Rose Taffeta Girls Handbag


Whether your dream wedding takes a more formal path or not, adding a beautifully dressed flower girl to your wedding party is a delightful way to announce the bride’s arrival. At Isabel Garretón, every detail of each and every flower girl dress is an unforgettable labor of love for our artisans.  Like your guests, we can’t wait to see the pictures and are always amazed by how breathtaking each little girl looks in her special dress.


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Topics: Flower Girl Dress, Wedding

Customizing a Flower Girl’s Dress -- The Trend Brides Love

Posted by Isabel Garreton on Jan 9, 2015 5:00:00 AM

Isabel Garreton Custom Flower Girl Dresses

With a third of all marriage proposals taking place during the holiday season, a flurry of activity is taking place this month among brides who have started planning their big day, from choosing the dress of their dreams to deciding what their bridesmaids will wear. Flower girls have become an equally important part of the wedding pageantry. At Isabel Garretón, we have the ability to tweak any one of our exclusive flower girl designs to suit a bride’s fancy. Our 2015 Flower Girl Collection includes 45 precious styles that can be customized into one-of-a-kind dresses to ensure that the littlest members of the bride’s wedding party delight guests every step of the way.

There is something so breathtaking and magical about extending the bride’s chosen color palette to the flower girl’s dress. These creative twists and turns surprise me in different ways each time. I remember a bride who customized the Ribbons dress for a beach wedding in Hawaii. Instead of the seven color ribbons we offer, she chose a beautiful orange. The result was unexpectedly stunning.

With slight changes such as a dash of color here, a monogram there or a completely different fabric, we put our design expertise and creative energy to work fulfilling the bride’s desire for uniqueness down to the very last detail. Each and every time, we can’t wait to see the outcome!

Here we show how our flower girl dresses can be customized to create surprisingly different looks.

A Hint of Color – A custom-colored lining coming through a light chiffon or lace to match the bride’s chosen accent color is a clever way of making the flower girl a true part of the wedding party without looking too grown up. This dress is floaty, fairylike and distinctly hers. If a bride has more than one flower girl, this custom-lining trick done in a rainbow of coordinating colors makes an individually beautiful, yet cohesive statement. 

Custom Flower Girl Dresses
photo credit: Courtney Davidson

Stylish Sleeves – Sleeve styles instantly change a dress silhouette. Short sleeves usually work best for little flower girls, no sleeves for the older flower girls and ¾ sleeves for winter weddings are ideal. With so many brides foregoing the church wedding for an outdoor venue and the growing popularity of destination weddings, almost anything goes. With a number of sleeve options, from cap sleeves, half sleeves and short sleeves to flair sleeves, transparent sleeves and sleeveless, pairing a sleeve style with a flower girl dress the bride loves is a simple change that makes the dress work anywhere. 

Isabel Garreton Sleeve Options

Make a Splash with a Sash – Incorporating the bride’s color palette in the flower girl’s dress can be as simple as adding a custom-colored sash or romantic ribbon treatment. Sashes with beautifully tied bows and streams of cascading ribbons are romantic details that have a uniquely childlike and endearing quality. A sash can also be personalized on one side with the bride and groom’s initials. This will become a gift carrying the memory of the day once it is over. And, by turning the monogram to the inside, the sash can be used later with other dresses. 

Custom Flower Girl Ribbons Dress with Blue  Custom Flower Girl Ribbons Dress with Pink and Blue  Custom Flower Girl Ribbons Dress with Pink

Custom Flower Girl Gala Dress Lined Navy Custom Flower Girl Timeless Dress Monogram Custom Flower Girl Gala Dress Lined Navy

Fanciful Fabrics – A flower girl dress made of feminine silk chiffon with a touch of lace at the collar has a vintage quality, while the same dress made of cotton batiste with the same lace trim has a simple, yet elegant appeal. Fabrics evoke style and mood in their hand, the way they fall and how they move. A beach wedding may call for something light and breezy, while a winter wedding calls for something cozy and warm. 

Custom Flower Girl Tulle Tutu Enchanting Dress Custom Flower Girl Delicate Dress lined Light Blue Custom Flower Girl Diamond Dress Custom Flower Girl Flutter 3/4 Sleeve Dress

Fit to Wear – Often, the bride will have several flower girls ranging in age, from toddlers to tweens.  This may require a special amount of customization in order to attain the desired fit for each girl. You have the girl with a little tummy, the very tall, ultra thin girl, as well as the shy girl, etc…all wanting to feel beautiful. Our artisans work their magic and the results are always outstanding.

Custom Flower Girl Timeless Dress Lav Sash Custom Flower Girl Dream Dress

Brides often ask me which flower girl dress is my favorite.  I love every design in our collection for different reasons, but our Fantasy dress is a style that forever amazes me. The subtleness of the hand embroidered neckline with pearl inserts all the way to a slightly open back is always striking. Whether the bride chooses the ivory dress lined in pink with a pink sash or white with a navy silk sash or in all white or candlelight ivory, I love to imagine the little girl walking down the aisle announcing the bride with the gentle drop of petals. 

Custom Flower Girl Fantasy Dress

Topics: Flower Girl Dress

Our 7 Most Frequently Asked Questions at Isabel Garreton

Posted by Veronica Galen on Feb 20, 2014 4:42:00 PM

Having been in business for 20+ years, we have talked to a lot of Moms, Brides, Mother of the Bride, and Dads. We are proud to have been a part of many special family moments and are committed to work with each customer to make sure our service meets the exceptional standards we hold in every aspect of what Isabel Garreton is as a company and the products we bring to market. We thought it could be useful if we compiled and shared a list with answers to the most common questions we receive.

 Velvet Holiday Dress  

Velvet with Sequins

1Q: What size is my child in Isabel Garreton dresses?

1A: Our sizing is European and the cuts are generous. We provide the garment measurements in our size chart for dresses, bubbles, christening gowns. Remember these are the garment measurements, so they should be 2-3" wider than the child's measurements.

Still not sure? If you email us the measurements below at, we can assist you in selecting the correct size. 


Chest (measured 1 inch below at the arm hole):

Waist (measured at the belly button):

Shoulder to Hem (length you want the dress to be):

 Enchanting Flower Girl Dress

'Enchanting' Silk with Tulle

Q2: This question has a lot of variations:

My child is petite, tall, thin, stocky; Can you make this IG style for her? 

I have religious requirements to add sleeves or additional length; Can you make these IG dress styles for me? 

A2: YES! We own our manufacturing and are able to do custom cuts, different fabrics, color matching, etc. Depending on the style and fabric there is a small charge for custom pieces, and there are no refunds as we are making this just for you.

Let us know what style you are interested in and our design team will review to see what is possible. 

Blue Dot Spring Summer Dress

Navy Dot Spring Summer Dress

Q3: How long will it take to get my order?

A3: If we have your pieces in stock, they will ship in 2 days, and if they are out of stock, we have to order it from our manufacturer and will ship to you in approximately 2-3 weeks. Let us know your event date in your order comments and we will follow up within 24 hours.

In a rush? We are often able to rush items, so give us a ring or shoot over an email and we can tell you what is in stock and what rush options are available!

Tucks Boys Christening
Tucks Romper

Q4: I want a different fabric or a different color to match my event, can IG do it? 

A4: Yes! Many of our styles have different fabric and color options. Looking for a perfect match? Send us a swatch and we will color match it. This will require additional coordination with you, so the more time we have before your event, the better!

 Heather Grey Wool Coat

New York Wool Coat

Q5: What is your return policy?

A5: If for any reason you are not pleased with what you receive, you may return any unworn item with tags within 10 days of receiving it and we will gladly exchange or refund you for the full cost of the item. Please note that, unless we have made a mistake, shipping charges cannot be refunded and there is a no return policy on custom made or personalized items. The exact steps for a return are here.

An exchange should be immediate if the item is available, otherwise we will order the item from our manufacturer and ship to you in 2-3 weeks. Credit card refunds should appear in your next billing cycle.

Custom Handmade Dolls
Custom Handmade Dolls

Q6: Do you ship Internationally?

A6: We can ship to any country in the world. We ship Internationally standard using USPS and recommend Express or Priority shipping as it provides additional tracking capability. 

If you email us, we can also ship to your country via UPS, FedEx, DHL, or other couriers, if you have a broker in the US, we can work with them if preferred.

 Special Occasion White Dresses

'Forget Me Not' Special Occasion Dresses

Q7: Does Isabel Garreton Inc really help women?

A7: YES! The company exists to provide a dignified work opportunity for underprivileged women artisans. Isabel Garretón began the company as a social enterprise over 20 years ago with women in her native Chile. She began with 21 women and has grown to support over 100 families. Every design is created to showcase the skills and craftsmanship of the artisans we work with, and are carried in the finest stores in the United States and worldwide. You can see a short video here.


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Topics: Flower Girl Dress, Dress Design, Social Enterprise, Holiday Dress, Christening Gown, Wedding, First Communion Dress, Custom, Sizing, Measuring

How to Store an Heirloom, a Special Occasion Dress, a Memory...

Posted by Veronica Galen on Feb 10, 2014 2:18:00 PM


The pictures are done, the gathering, the ceremony and the party are over.

Here you are, holding a beautiful and special piece you want to keep and take care off. Be this a Christening Gown or Blessing Gown, a Flower Girl dress, or a Wedding Gown. You are thinking they may be other occasions, someone in the family will use it, or your child’s child may wear it in time.

The issue is how to do it? 

Special Occasion and Christening Collections

How to put these special pieces in storage and keep it safe from elements that will damage the dressgown, or romper such as humidity, mildew, moths, etc…

We include with every Special Occasion piece we ship a card with care instructions we thought to share: 

Care & Conservation

Light – Low light levels are preferable for storage. Sunlight and fluorescent light are specially damaging.

Humidity & Temperature – Moist air, (over 60% humidity) warmth & lack of air circulation encourages mold, stains & deterioration. Basements and attics may provide extreme fluctuations in humidity levels, which is to be avoided. Plastic bags can trap humidity & result in mildew.

Insects – Inspect the garment regularly, furniture and carpet beetles & webbing clothes moths are specially attracted to silk.

Materials – Protect the textile piece from direct contact with wood, (avoid cedar chests especially for cotton and linen) ordinary cardboard or metal. Layers of acid free tissue or unbleached cotton muslin can be used to line boxes or containers. Ideally, wash the muslin or change the tissue once a year. Flat storage or rolled in acid free tissue is better than hanging.



If you want more information or details on how to storage your heirlooms safely, we have compiled a list of additional resources you may want.


Additional Resources:

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Topics: Flower Girl Dress, Christening Gown, Bride, Handmade, Conservation, Heirloom, Care, Wedding Gown

9 Steps to Tie the Perfect Bow in a Girls Dress

Posted by Veronica Galen on Feb 1, 2014 4:00:00 AM

Have you felt the frustration of doing or seeing a sloppy bow on a gorgeous girl’s dress?

There is no doubt we are all dressing more casually and the opportunities to learn how to tie a bow are fewer and fewer, elegance is often a Special Occasion subject. 



This fact became apparent recently when I attended a wedding. Four adorable  flower girls were coming down the aisle. The bride selected the dress 'Surprise' from our Special Occasion Collection. This dress combines an embroidered organza overlay and silk dress, the girls looked beautiful. I was feeling pretty good until the girls passed me. Looking at them from the back, it was obvious no one getting them ready was comfortable tying bows; some bows were loose, uneven or going in the wrong direction.



After a lifetime designing special girl’s dresses, tying bows for hundreds of photo shoots on girls of all sizes and ages means tying bows is something I really know about!

We decided to create a graphic with simple steps that, with a little practice, will deliver a perfect bow. With one ribbon in blue and one in pink, it is easy to follow.

We printed it to include it in all the Special Occasion girl dresses we ship at this time of the year for First Communion, Flower Girls, and Graduations. 

It is useful to know how to tie a pretty bow, a simple and handy skill to have when you need it. It takes just a few steps and a little practice… Ready?...Try it.



  1. Center your ribbons to have equal lengths
  2. Left over Right (blue over pink)
  3. Left under Right (blue under pink)
  4. Fold a loop with the pink ribbon towards the right
  5. Bring the blue ribbon down and tuck it under the pink bow
  6. Pull blue ribbon through towards the left making a loop
  7. Pull both sides of the bow, pink and blue to secure the shape
  8. Adjust the size of the bow you want, then tighten it by pulling strongly on both sides
  9. The length of the remaining ribbon should be at least twice the width of the complete bow. I have seen them longer and sometimes in organza shorter. They all looked beautiful.

If you have a different way of doing bows that works please share it, we’d love to try it.



Getting ready for a memorable event? Take a peek at our Special Occasion Designs. 

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Topics: Flower Girl Dress, Bride, Wedding, First Communion Dress, Bow

How a Special Occasion Girls Dress Inspires Elegance

Posted by Veronica Galen on Dec 5, 2013 1:51:00 PM

A favorite part of our job is the photo shoots of a new Collection with models. Children are just fun to be around, especially when they start out a bit self-conscious and progress to an all out performance during the shoot of... Special Occasion dresses for girls, Christening Gowns, the seasonal collection of girls dresses for Spring/Summer, or the back to school dresses from our Fall/Winter collections. Every season brings its own inspiration, mood, and atmosphere. For example in the Fall/Winter and Holiday Collection of dresses we add soft and beautiful faux fur and wool coats for girls with matching Bonnets, Hats, and Muffs. All this dress up definitely informs the kids this is all special and they rise to the occasion. We keep it short and playful so everyone has a good time. They are happy to come back the next season; we like to think they have gained images of something they will want to remember when they grow up. Over the years we have seen that be the case as our models have grown up, gone forward with their lives, and even a few have brought their own babies to be models! 

Cruise, Blue Stripe with Bow, Girls Dress

It starts with finding the location, for Spring/Summer dresses and bubbles, the beach is hard to beat and since we are based in Los Angeles, California, this is easy. For Fall/Winter dresses, rompers and coats a forest-like setting is an adventure little girls (and not so little girls) love. The big deal is the location for Holiday dresses and Special Occasion dresses. We aim at an environment that is less inspired by nature and more by the atmosphere that would surround an important event.

Special Occasion dresses, eyelet, taffeta

Once we have the location, we contact our never ending number of fantastic Moms, willing to bring their little ones to the location on the day and time agreed.


Back to School, Fall Winter dresses and Spring Summer dresses have our girls in and out of the many styles in a breeze, they climb the trees, play with the sand, and most of them are somehow disconnected from the camera and the pictures being taken as they play.

Spring Dresses, Winter Coats, Red, Beach, Baby, Girls Dress

A Holiday dress or a Special Occasion dress photo shoot, brings out a completely different behavior from the little girls modeling. Once in the dresses, they acquire a princess like attitude. Without any prompting, they straighten up their back, they walk carefully, they pick up the sides of the dress going up or down steps…They know it…They feel it…They are beautiful. The moms and/or grandmas or dads on the spot are spellbound by the transformation of the same girls that were climbing trees or rocks in the prior photo shoot, the same girl whos mom said, "She doesn't wear dresses, she is a total tomboy." 

Baby Clothes, Mom and Baby, Corduroy

In the many years we have been doing photo shoots with girls of all races, sizes, and ages; we are all mesmerized by the behavior that comes from wearing a dress that feel special in all girls, even those as young as 2 years old! We wonder about the place of elegance and the multiple social graces that come with it. It seems so intuitive in these girls who, like all of us, live in a world that casual dressing informs most or all of our days and we wonder...Are we missing something?

red sequins, tulle skirt dress

Discover the elegant possibilities in our Holiday and Special Occasion Dresses for Girls

Shop Holiday Surprise Dress Fantasy Embroidered White Silk Silk Smocked Baby Bishop Blue Velvet with Sequins  


Topics: Isabel Garreton, Design, Flower Girl Dress, Children, Holiday Dress, Photo shoot, Girls, Model

Brides: Tips for a Happy Flower Girl

Posted by Veronica Galen on Jul 11, 2013 7:00:00 AM

For many women, having been a flower girl is one of their early special memories! Here are a few tips to make it a great memory for the special little girl in your wedding ceremony:

Flower Girl, Bride, Wedding


1) Take a few minutes to be with the flower girl while you’re dressed as the Bride in your full gown and makeup. Ask if you can help her prepare the petal basket. Brides look like a beautiful princess to a little girl and it's a magical moment for them and you. It will make her feel like she is a part of something important and you'll get great pictures for your photo album.

Flower Girl, Practice, Wedding

 2) Have a Plan. Ask your flower girl's mommy to please come early before people arrive. The flower girl should practice walking down the aisle and be given very clear simple instructions like, “walk right along this crack”. Give her a lot of positive reinforcement. If you give her a destination, she'll have something to focus on, especially if the eyes of all your wedding guests make her nervous. Some brides have the flower girl put her basket on a pedestal just to the side of the ceremony or seat her parents in the front row just to the side of the family and seat them there for the rehearsal too. If you are going to have music as she walk down the isle, try to have it play at least once in the practice so as much of the experience can feel familiar when the wedding begins. 

Wedding Aisle, Flower Girl, Ceremony

3) Be Flexible. While many people will say to you "It's your Day," in a child's mind every day is their day! If they don't want to wear their hair the way you dreamed, or keep taking off the perfect shoes you picked, try to let it go. In the end, she'll be beautiful no matter what and you can crop bare feet out of pictures, but you can't take a scowl off her face. 

Flower Girl, Wedding, Dress


4) Two by Two. If you have multiple flower girls, pair them with a girl a few years older to walk together. The older girls can help guide younger girls. Have them hold hands at the beginning in case they get jitters and have them play games or share toys ahead of time so they feel comfortable together. 


Flower Girl, Toys

5) Reward Her. If you provide something fun to distract her, like coloring books and crayons wrapped up like a gift, it'll help keep her amused throughout the reception and give her parents a chance to eat dinner. For this wedding it was a yoyo and some fun plastic hair clips. 


Wedding, Flower Girl, Dancing


6) Let kids be kids. Once her official duties are over, dance with her, let her run around, give her a piece of cake if she is still awake! If it's all too much, the bridal suite is usually empty during the ceremony and reception, so it works great as backup plan with PJs and a blanket for a sleepy little girl. 


Your wedding will be filled with wonderful memories with friends and family. With a little planning, your flower girl will also have wonderful memories as she imagines becoming a Bride someday!

Share your Isabel Garreton flower girl pictures and memories with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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                         Special Occasion Windy Dress     Monogrammed Fantasy Dress     Special Occasion  Charm Dress

Topics: Flower Girl Dress, Children, Bride, Wedding

Meet Lulu! An Important Wedding Guest!

Posted by Veronica Galen on Dec 10, 2012 12:39:00 PM

A delicious princess wearing Windy from our Special Occasion CollectionSpecial Occasion!

This is Lulu. She is one. Getting ready for the party.

  Windy Baby Dress                    Soho House NYC0123 Ti         

With her beatiful Mom.....

Tulle tutu dress

.....and her handsome Dad

Windy Baby Dress

And here is LULU in all her glory at the wedding!  

                                      Windy Pink Tulle Dress          

Are you looking for your own special Flower Girl Dress?


Special Occasion Windy Dress        Special Occasion  Charm Dress



Topics: Flower Girl Dress, Wedding, Windy

Our Girl's Dresses Featured in Children's Retail Today

Posted by Veronica Galen on Apr 12, 2012 3:50:00 PM

Thank you to Janet at Children's Retail Today for the lovely feature: 

The Gracious Style of Isabel Garreton 

Adorn your daughters, nieces and granddaughters in the gracious style of beautiful clothes that reflect both the innocence and beauty of little girls...see the whole article here.

H12 navy RON F

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Topics: Isabel Garreton, Flower Girl Dress, Children

Customized Flower GIrl Dresses for a Wedding to Remember

Posted by Veronica Galen on Feb 22, 2012 11:32:00 AM

Wedding Flower Girl Dress

It is not possible to remember the many times we have provided customized flower girl dresses to weddings: red for Holiday weddings, black ones, navy ones, open backs, shorter, longer, with and without monograms, orange sashes for the Hawaiian wedding...Send it fast to France the someone very famous in Santa Barbara or Washington DC....Contact relaxed brides,  nervous ones, some in disagreement with the mother or mother in law on the shade of the taking place.


In the end it is all there for that moment that will remain in the memory of all involved. That little girl or little girls will paraded down the aisle feeling they are special and part of something important. These girls will take away memories that involve decorum and elegance, the notion that a wedding is a ceremony marking an important moment in life, that one prepares thoughtfully for it, with care and attention to detail. A ceremony that is bringing to families together and the promise of a new family beginning.


For Valentine’s Day we received a present from Carol Goodfellow, pictures of her special day! In our hearts all of us at IG were there with her,  in every flower girl dress with the custom green sash Carol had carefully chosen. The perfect picture of a new beginning.


Thank you, Carol!

   Green Sash Wedding Dress

Topics: Flower Girl Dress, Children, Bride, Wedding, Timeless, Custom, Diamonds