Saturday, October 19, 2013

Mouse House Creations Pattern Review - Norah Dress

Hayley Crouse blogs over at Welcome to the Mouse House and she will be releasing her first on Monday. The pattern is called the Norah Dress and Tunic pattern. Was lucky enough to be among the group of testers for this pattern. The pattern is classic and adorable and extremely versatile. It starts at a size 12 months and goes all the way up to a size 12 in girls. That was a huge plus for me. It can be really difficult to find cute girls clothes that are bigger than a 6 or 8 in girls. 

My oldest daughter Madeline is 6 1/2 but she is very tall and a little big for her age. She is currently wearing RTW sizes 8-10. I still like for her to dress like a little girl instead of a tween so I make a lot of her clothes. That and I love to sew for my girls. ;)

As soon as I saw the sketches for the pattern I immediately though of the character Madeline. She is a favorite of my Madeline. I thought it would be super cute to make my Madeline a dress inspired my her favorite storybook character Madeline. 

I am still stuck in Auto mode with my new to me DSLR camera but I'm really excited about how well these pictures came out. 
The dress has a bit of a A-line to it, a cute peter pan collar and ties. There are options for sleeveless, short sleeve, or long sleeves as well as with or without the collar and ties. There were even testers that made their versions out of knit. This is such a versatile pattern that it will definitely be a staple in both of my girls' wardrobe. I made a different version for my youngest that I will post about as soon as the weather clears up around here. 
The bodice is partially lines and their is a button closure in the back. The length hits just above the knees and has an adorable vintage feel about it. 
When I was pregnant with Madeline I was determined to have a little girl named Madeline. We didn't find out her gender until the day after Christmas, but that Christmas my husband bought me this set of Madeline books because he believed I was really sure I was having a girl. 
Madeline is in the first grade and is all about reading......constantly. She sat and read this book cover to cover right in the middle of our mini shoot so I just took pictures while she read. 
At the end Madeline asked if she could choose some poses of her own so I went with it. She was so cute and serious about it. This one is my favorite that she came up with. 
And what is a photo shoot without my youngest saying, "what about a picture of me?" How could I resist right? 

I was given a free copy of this pattern in exchange for testing it. I am not compensated for my opinion. They are all my own. 

**Update: the pattern has been released and can be found here on Etsy or here on Craftys it is on sale through Tuesday night October 22, 2013 for only $7. Go! Run! Go get your copy!** 

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  1. I just adore this so much Erin! You were a wonderful tester and I hope to work with you again! Thank you so much!

    1. Thanks Hayley! Can't wait to see what other patterns you come up with. :)

  2. Oh my goodness. Erin you are so talented. The pictures you took are ADORABLE. The dress you made is beautiful. Looks like Welcome to the Mouse House picked the rest blogger to test her pattern. Really amazing job and beautiful pictures!