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?...it 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.
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