I love the Colfax dress by True Bias, but I had in mind someone small who I thought would really like a mini version.
I have not sewn very much for Little Miss for a while as she is at an age where she is very specific about clothes, and I think visualising what something will actually look like when finished is hard when you are only in the second year of school! Making this for her took a bit of persuading, but finally last weekend, I got a resounding "yes, I love it!"
In terms of sizing, the pattern was spot on. I made an age 7 and it is perfect - a bit of room for growth, but cool and comfortable for playing.
Both fabrics that I used were from my stash. The butterfly print cotton poplin was sitting waiting for something like this and I paired it with a vibrant cerise pink cotton for the neckline facing, binding and hem band.
I love the order of construction of this pattern. The way that you bind the neckline and sew the facing down is really nice when you turn it to the right side and it all comes out neatly. The notch is a bit fiddly, but worth it.
The only change that I made was to omit the pockets. I thought about making them in the butterfly fabric, as I thought pink pockets as well would be a bit of pink too far. Little Miss is happy with a pocketless dress, so that is all good.