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NEW PATTERN : THE COLFAX DRESS

March 28, 2016

I am so excited to be introducing my newest sewing pattern to you today, the Colfax Dress. When designing the Colfax I wanted a dress that was not only easy to sew, but also easy to wear in the warmer months. This dress does just that. Whether you sew it up in a lightweight gauzy cotton for a beach coverup, or a silk crepe for date night, either option is easy to throw on and comfy to wear.

The dress comes in two versions. View A is the simpler of the two (and my personal favorite) using one fabric for the whole dress. It omits the pockets for a faster sew and also a slightly more flattering silhouette around the hips. Like the other version, it has a yoke and visible hem and armhole bindings. Because it is all sewn up in the same fabric these bindings become subtle details that create a streamlined and very chic look.

View B uses contrasting fabrics for the yoke, neck and arm bindings, and hem facing that is visual on the outside of the dress. There are so many possibilities for mixing fabrics for different views. You could subtly combine two fabrics from the same collection, or go for completely opposite fabrics for a really bold and fun look. Either way it’s fun to think of all of the possible dresses you could make.

One thing that I love about the Colfax Dress is that it really does lend itself  to fabrics that are easy to work with. It is perfect for a medium weight linen or chambray for a more structured A line silhouette. But then its equally appropriate to use a lighter weight crepe or challis if you want more movement and for it to fall softer on your curves. Choose fabrics that are easy to press and you will have no problem with the crisp corners and yoke details. The pattern is labeled advanced beginner and I am confident that most sewers could handle the pattern. It does take some patience to get the yoke and bindings sewn, but as long as you are willing to go slowly (and with the added help of the sewalong next week) I am sure anyone could take it on. There are no zippers or buttons that scare a lot of sewers away.

In addition to the release of the Colfax, there will also be a sewalong in a couple of weeks, as well as a contest ending on April 28th. My Fabric Designs is sponsoring the sewalong and contest and has offered some great prizes. More details on how that is going to work in tomorrow’s post. If you would like to purchase the pattern or want more information go  here. Use the code COLFAXCONTEST to receive 25% off your pattern now through April 29th.

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24 Comments

  • Reply Jess March 28, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    Cute pattern! Might be the perfect pattern for some chambray I just picked up.

    • Reply True bias March 30, 2016 at 9:51 AM

      I think it would be awesome in a chambray

  • Reply Kathryn March 28, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    In the spirit of enabling my own fabric stashing habits, I do find that buying fabric I like and hanging onto it until the right pattern comes along usually pans out. I bought a busy, large-scale Hawaiian print last winter, and how here’s a dress whole lines won’t compete with the giant hibiscuses! Splendid.

    • Reply Kathryn March 28, 2016 at 6:20 PM

      Please excuse my typos. Ipad!

      • Reply True bias March 30, 2016 at 9:52 AM

        I love the sound of that. I am always on the lookout for large print fabrics. So hard to find.

  • Reply Rachel March 28, 2016 at 6:57 PM

    I totally love this! I’m going to put it up next on my sewing list!!

  • Reply Lauren March 28, 2016 at 11:02 PM

    Love it so much! I just printed my pattern! xoxo

    • Reply True Bias March 30, 2016 at 12:20 PM

      cant wait to see yours. everything you’ve been making lately is so chic.

  • Reply Marie March 29, 2016 at 12:39 AM

    Finally! Been following the progress on Instagram… BTW you must have been freezing standing next to the snow… I do hope summer will be warmer :0)

    • Reply True Bias March 30, 2016 at 12:21 PM

      oh man, this spring in denver is brutal.

  • Reply Rachel March 29, 2016 at 3:58 AM

    Love it! I’ve just bought it as well as the Southport which I’ve been eyeing up since last summer.

    • Reply True Bias March 30, 2016 at 12:21 PM

      thanks so much rachel! i hope you love the southport too.

  • Reply Keri March 29, 2016 at 7:29 AM

    What cup size is this graded for? Just wondering if us busty ladies will need to do a FBA. It looks like there’s not a lot of spare room in the chest area to just wing it.

    Love this pattern!!!!

    • Reply True bias March 30, 2016 at 9:50 AM

      It’s drafted for a c cup. If you are larger I would definitely recommend an fba. This pattern is much less forgiving than my others in this area. I will be going over it in my sewalong though.

  • Reply christine haynes March 29, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    Super cute!

    • Reply True Bias March 30, 2016 at 12:29 PM

      thanks so much Christine!

  • Reply Katie Emma March 29, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Love! The Southport was my go-to dress last summer, and I can see Colfax filling the same role in my wardrobe this summer. I have a red white and blue ikat linen that has been waiting for the perfect pattern and I think this is it!

    • Reply True Bias March 30, 2016 at 12:29 PM

      that sounds like the perfect fabric! can’t wait to see it.

  • Reply crab&bee March 29, 2016 at 11:10 AM

    Congratulations, Kelli! Looks great and I especially like the contrast version.

  • Reply Sonja March 29, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    Pretty sure I’m going to wear one of these every day this summer! It’s perfect!

    • Reply True bias March 31, 2016 at 8:06 AM

      Thankyou so much Sonja! I can totally see you in this dress.

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