Colfax Dress by True Bias

An A-line shift dress with a geometric yoke and bias-bound armscyes.

Pattern:Colfax Dress
Designer:True Bias
Categories:Shift Dresses, Sun Dresses
Difficulty:Intermediate
Recommended Fabrics:Wovens, Chambray, Challis, Crêpe de Chine, Gauze, Linen, Shirting
required fabric:13/8 to 23/4 yards
Sizes:0 - 18
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Description

The Colfax Dress by True Bias is an above the knee sleeveless dress. This A-line shape is accentuated with a front yoke and visible neck and armhole binding. View A is sleek and simple with an invisible wide-faced hem. View B has inseam pockets, a visible hem, and the option to use contrasting fabric along the neckline, armholes, yoke, and hem.

Choice of fabric can make this pattern look like an entirely different dress. A sheer fabric with a lot of drape would make a breezy beach cover up while a medium weight crepe de chine would make a slinky date-night dress.

Pattern Previews

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Pattern Details

Intended Paper Size:Letter (8.5in x 11in) or A4 (21cm x 29.7cm)
Number of Files Included:3
Total Number of Pages:36
Copy Shop Version Included:Yes
Pattern uses layers to select size:No

Pattern Size Chart (inches)

Size024681012141618
Chest323334353637 1/23940 1/242 1/244 1/2
Waist262728293031 1/23334 1/236 1/238 1/2
Hip343536373839 1/24142 1/244 1/246 1/2

Finished Garment Measurements (inches)

Size024681012141618
Chest343536373839 1/24142 1/244 1/246 1/2
Hip394041424344 1/24647 1/249 1/251 1/2
Length3434 1/434 1/234 3/43535 1/435 1/235 3/43636 1/4

Fabric Required (yards)

Size024681012141618
View A - 45" Wide2 1/22 1/22 1/22 1/22 5/82 5/82 5/82 3/42 3/42 3/4
View A - 54" Wide1 7/81 7/81 7/82 1/22 1/22 1/22 1/22 1/22 1/22 1/2
View B - 45" Wide2 1/82 1/82 1/82 1/82 1/82 1/42 1/42 1/42 1/42 1/4
View B - 54" Wide1 3/81 3/81 3/82 1/82 1/82 1/42 1/42 1/42 1/42 1/4
View B Contrast - 45" Wide 3/4 3/4 3/4 7/8 7/8 7/81111
View B Contrast - 54" Wide 3/4 3/4 3/4 3/4 3/4 3/4 7/8 7/8 7/8 7/8

Recommended Fabrics

  • Wovens
  • Chambray
  • Challis
  • Crêpe de Chine
  • Gauze
  • Linen
  • Shirting

Required Tools

  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Pins
  • Measuring Tape

Optional Tools

  • Serger
  • Rotary Cutter and Mat
  • Tailor's Chalk

Required Supplies

  • Interfacing
  • Thread
  • Universal Needle

Additional Notes

This PDF sewing pattern includes step-by-step instructions with illustrations.

I love this pattern. The Colfax dress is a satisfying make. The instructions were clear and a self-taught novice like myself had no issues.



I like the style, but it's not very bra friendly. I'm wearing it with a racerback style bra, but you can still see the straps. If I were to make it again, I would have widened the shoulder straps so that it could be worn with a normal bra.



True Bias patterns are always thorough and the Colfax is no different! I highly recommend this pattern for all sewing levels. Beginners, just take your time with the yoke and it will turn out great!