Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Norah Dress ( x3) Tour - MouseHouseCreations

Hi Everyone! A big thanks to Hayley for asking me to be a part of this, I have loved her blog for a long time and am super excited for her new pattern line

I had a lot of fun with this pattern. I mean  A LOT, as in I made 3 of them for my girls! It is such a versatile pattern.
First up, I made the Norah Dress as is, no changes....and it is great!

I used a mid-weight plaid cotton that has a good amount of stretch in it (actually this mystery fabric was a gift my mom brought back from Germany for me, so I am not really sure what it is, but it is fab!) The dress fits great, with lots of 'twirlability' (is that a word? is now)

I  Love the Swing to this dress! I used a contrasting yellow binding for the collar and added some yellow stripes and binding detail to the hem.

The perfect dress for our chilly Canadian winters

Next up, I made a tunic version for my youngest. She does not do well with dresses, so it is leggings and tunics 99% of the time.  I opted for no collar and dressed up the shoulders with leather panels

I used a heavy sweatshirt fleece (which may have been a little too thick for such a small size), but it is really snuggly warm for her

I paired it with a pair of black velour/sparkle damask leggings (I do not know where I got this fabric, but found it in my stash....and now I wish I had more...It is glorious!)

I found some scrap leather that matched perfectly (what are the odds?!) , so I added some shoulder details that wrap to the back

It closes at the back with a small leather buckle, rather then a button....I think it looks really cute!
***my first time working with leather btw.... not too shabby

And finally, my showstopper, A golden Norah. One of my oldest's Christmas dresses. Yes, I said ONE of....we have 3 big family parties, which she requires 3 dresses, such a diva, can't wear the same outfit twice :) 

This one is my Fav! It started with a great vintage lace trim that I found online, and a champagne linen.

I had to slim the bodice slightly (not because of fit issues, but because I was about 8" too short with my trim)

I used a gold piping on the collar. I shortened the sleeves (to a longer short sleeve), and added some piping and trim detailing to the cuffs.

Then to up the sparkle (you can't have enough sparkle with a 5 year old...right?) I sewed on a ton of little gold beads....yes I sewed them all on by HAND! and I absolutely hate hand sewing....oh the things we do for our kids!

I really do love this pattern! I think there is so much you can do with it!

Can't wait to see what everyone else has come up with, Happy Holidays



  1. That Golden Norah is stunning. What a lucky girl!

    We have a big family party next weekend and I am making a dress for my youngest, but not sure I'll have time to make a new one for my eldest....I would so make a Nora dress like yours if I had the time. Having said that I think I would have to go without sleep for a few nights to get the beading done...always takes longer than you think!

  2. I die!!! That gold dress is a showstopper!!! and I love the close at the back of the tunic!

  3. So stunning!! All of them are amazing, but that showstopper is exactly that!! What a lucky girl to have such a patient mummy to sew those all on by hand!! You have to most amazing style!!

  4. All three are amazing. My favorite is the tunic with the leather and the buckle on the back. So creative and so "outside the box" inspiring.

  5. Your work is so beautiful. All so different yet so lovely in its own ways.

  6. I love each version! The leather and buckle on that tunic is so inspiring. And the golden dress is perfection!

  7. I am seriously speechless! I LOVE every version. The golden dress is a work of art. WOW!

  8. I love the cozy plaid dress. And the leather buckle is too cute. The gold dress is amazing! I adore the lace and can't believe all the detail work you did! Amazing.

  9. WOW! The gold dress is simply amazing! I love the others too, especially that buckle in the back of the leather one. Love!

  10. Christine, you already know how incredibly amazed I am by all 3 of these... just absolutely perfect! Thank you SO much for joining in... seriously. Your style is impeccable!

  11. Wow, I love all three of these! Those little gold beads are so incredible. Great job!

  12. This GOLDEN Norah Dress for your 5-year-old daughter is FAB! White linen party dress: gold piping on the collar & sleeves, tiny gold beads sprinkled on the lower portion and then the exquisite wide lace trimming the bottom of the A-line dress! BRAVO for a truly UNIQUE holiday dress, my favorite! This is truly an heirloom quality young girl's dress to be worn on special occasions and cherished, then handed down from daughter to another generation daughter. Creative!! Thanks for sharing. HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you and those dear to your heart & soul! Sarah, Minneapolis


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