Colfax Dress

Colfax Dress :: Dandelion Drift

So to date, I’ve sewn all of True Bias’s women’s and girl’s patterns, and I’d hate to break a streak!  Kelli has a new pattern out, the Colfax Dress, and I love the yoke and sleeve details!  I helped her test this pattern and her patterns are always really great!  They are so great that I cut right into some good fabric to test the pattern!

Colfax Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I sewed this version in Anna Maria Horner Loominous fabric.  (I grabbed mine from the imagine gnats shop, but she is sold out.  You can find it here though!)  The yoke and binding fabric, that was a thrift store miracle.  That is thrifted fabric that matches the loominous fabric perfectly!

Colfax Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I know this may sound funny, but I’ve shied away from wearing tank tops recently.  When I was in high school, I was known for having pretty muscular arms.  I was a swimmer.  And I was proud of it!  Well then I grew up and became a little embarrassed about my arms being muscular!  Well, my perspective has changed lately!  God’s made me prone to arm muscles, and that’s not a bad thing!  In fact it’s kind of fun!

Colfax Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I go to a boot camp workout and love knocking out push ups.  Well, I don’t love it in the moment, but at the end when I’ve done a whole workout that totals 100 push ups throughout the hour, I feel pretty strong, and pretty grateful for these muscles!

Colfax Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Okay, back to the dress!  Ha! I love the a line shape of the colfax dress!  I think it’s pretty flattering, and extremely comfortable!  I worked hard to make sure that the plaid of the loominous fabrc matched up on each side.  I didn’t have enough yardage to center any stripes on the back of the dress, but I was aware of my stripe placement on the front of the dress.

Colfax Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I have some fancy silk fabric set aside to make another colfax dress in the next couple of weeks!  Have you been doing any new sewing lately?

Colfax Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Quick Glance:

Pattern:  Colfax Dress

Fabric:  Anna Maria Horner Loominous

Size:  6

Alterations I made:  I moved the bust darts up and in

Alterations for the future:  I need to do a small bust adjustment next time, and add 1 inch to the length

  • Oh it’s so pretty and i bet it feels like a dream to wear in that Loominous fabric. Bravo on the plaid matching too! I love strong arms too…it’s my legs that tend to get more muscular than the rest of me (hated my thighs in high school – i had super defined quads because of all the soccer) but now i’m glad for it.

    • Isn’t that funny that we all have our body parts that stand out (and just to ourselves)! Strong quads are a great thing!

  • Perfect fabric choice. I think this is my favorite Colfax I’ve seen! I’m glad you’re embracing your lovely strong arms – strength is functional and beautiful!

    • Thanks Morgan, I’m getting there slowly!

  • Tatiana Vovchenko

    Beautiful dress and fabric! This is my favorite version of the Colfax dress. I am very tempted to buy this pattern and make one for myself!

    • Thanks Tatiana, you definitely should buy it!

  • Loominous is such a beautiful fabric, and this dress is beautiful too!!

    I was also a swimmer, so I can relate to big arms… but I always got out of pushups during stretching! Partly because I hate them, and partly because my coach and I had a silent agreement that if I didn’t talk everyone’s ear off during stretching, I didn’t have to do them. 😉

    • Oh yay! There’s a handful of us sewing bloggers that were swimmers! And my coach had no silent agreements with anyone…he was awfully strict, ha!

  • Great fabric choice! That dress looks amazing on you!

    • Thanks Nathalie! This loominous fabric is dreamy!

  • Great dress, great fabric. A sure summer staple for you.

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