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Natalie’s Colfax Dress


Natalie's Colfax Dress, pattern by True Bias - Noodlehead

Natalie's Colfax Dress, pattern by True Bias - Noodlehead

It’s definitely dress weather here now and thus the need for pretty dresses (or at least one). After seeing Teresa’s version of the Mini Colfax dress for her daughter made me jump in and buy it, too. I haven’t been sewing much for my girls lately. I love it when I make something they love and use. Sometimes I miss the mark, other times I get a winner.

Natalie's Colfax Dress, pattern by True Bias - Noodlehead

Working with this rayon chambray was a challenge, but in a good way. I knew it would make for a super comfy and flowy dress, so I just kept reminding myself that as I was sewing. The details on this dress are great. I chose the view A, but I’m thinking I might make Emily one in view B just for fun. It is a really quick sew! I did take a peek at the clock and put in 2.5 hours of sewing. There of course was prep time putting the pattern together (which was a snap) and then tracing and cutting the pieces and then the fabric. I did try and take joy in each step even though sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in trying to rush along – trying to remind myself that the process itself is what’s supposed to be enjoyable as well as the finished product.

Natalie's Colfax Dress, pattern by True Bias - Noodlehead

I wouldn’t say Natalie loves the dress, although it is comfy. Maybe a more splashy print next time? Perhaps that would seal the deal. Either way, I enjoyed making it.

Pattern: Mini Colfax Dress by True Bias
Fabric: Rayon Chambray by Robert Kaufman

I also wanted to say thank you dear readers. To be honest, I feel like I’ve been missing something creatively lately. Not sure what that entails moving forward, but I’m hoping the change of seasons and having fun with my girls this summer will breathe some fresh air into my creative spirit.

Natalie's Colfax Dress, pattern by True Bias - Noodlehead


13 thoughts on “Natalie’s Colfax Dress

  1. brianne says:

    such a lovely dress on cute little lady! take as much time as you need to recharge your creative spirit. there’s no doubt whatever comes next will be amazing. here’s to summer fun!

  2. Kara says:

    Frame that photo with the feather! Such a lovely picture.

  3. Rachel says:

    What a beautiful dress! Your photos look amazing. Hope the summer works it’s magic! I’m looking forward to cooler days here and maybe a little more time to sew 🙂

  4. Kate G says:

    Sew inspiring. Always lovely to see an email from Noodlehead in the inbox.

    Thanks for the reminder that sewing is a step at a time. I wanted you to know your book has been checked out by me from the local library many times. My own copy just arrived in the mail. Much summer sewing with Handmade Style ahead.

  5. Patti McGarry says:

    Natalie looks so very pretty!

  6. erin says:

    This dress is adorable! I really want to make one for myself. 😉
    The creativity thing – I think it comes in seasons. Well, at least for me it does. Have your read “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert? I listened to it on audio and I highly recommend it. It’s about living a creative life. I think you would like it. xoxo

  7. jessamyb says:

    The dress is lovely! I often have a hard time reconciling what I want to make for my daughter vs. what she wants to wear. It’s a struggle sometimes!

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Yes! It can be such a struggle. It’s funny sometimes at first they might not like things I make, but then they eventually warm up to them and they get worn. I always think comfier the better for my girls, they like comfy and I can’t blame them!

  8. Sarah says:

    Your daughter has more style than I do. Love the dress!

  9. Stefanie says:

    What a cute staple this is for her summer wardrobe.

  10. kristin says:

    Aw Anna it’s adorable, and that first photo is a framer. I’m totally with you on the creative funk though. Mine is alarmingly extended!!!

  11. Patti Erikson Reynolds says:

    Love the dress you made for your daughter. It looks lovely (and comfortable!). Creativity waxes and wanes. Take a break in whatever form you need that to be. Enjoy your summer and your children.

  12. Cindy says:

    Natalie looks so adorable in this dress- I love it! I can’t believe how big your girls are getting! I haven’t noticed anything creatively missing from your blog- you always amaze me with your talent and I will always look at you as the Queen of knits!:) Keep up the great work- you always inspire me and I always look forward to reading your blog!:)

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