It was 30 degrees when I sewed this dress, it was 45 degrees when I took pictures of this dress, but everything about this dress screams summer. It's effortless, and slightly bohemian. I guess here is where I should mention that this is the brand new Colfax Dress from True Bias.
Even the construction of the Colfax is effortless, the neck and arm binding also serves as decoration, the hem is faced so it doesn't require the fussy ironing of 1/4" folds, there are no fasteners or closures just a slit so you can pull it over your head. It's perfect for summer vacations or the beach (or consoling yourself when you are stuck in the hot summer city with everybody's window A/C units blowing hot air in your face).
As this is my tester version I'm not going to go over the pattern in too much detail. Suffice it to say it's a quick and satisfying sew. I did add 7" to the length. It's a rather naughty thing to do when pattern testing, but I got the vision you see above in my mind, and I just couldn't help myself. I didn't use the lengthen shorten line, because I was afraid it would be too narrow for a full stride. I extended the side seam line to get more width, then bumped down the hem line. I had to then extend the width of the hem facing.
I used Light Weight Denim from Joann. I'm not sure if that's a cop out or a sweetkm classic as I've used it so many times before (here, here, here and that's not including kids clothes!). In my defense, it comes in reasonable colors, has a decent drape, and is readily available at my local store. I think it would be fun to make a short one as a beach cover up with sheer body fabric and opaque accents. Check out Kelli's introduction to the Colfax to see how you can use different fabrics to articulate the dress details with the different views. Lots of great tester versions are rolling to #colfaxdress if you need a little more inspiration.
There is a smoking hot coupon code and contest going on for the Colfax Dress from now until April 28th. Hustle on over to the True Bias blog for the details!
Pattern: Colfax Dress from True Bias
Fabric: Light Weight Denim from Joann Fabric