The Acton is a versatile dress with two bodice options and two skirt options (that are interchangeable), designed for woven fabrics. The bodice is lined, features princess panels for a lovely fit around the bust, and is fastened with an invisible zip.
The Acton is beautifully designed and carefully drafted to include many interesting details, to make this a very enjoyable sew for confident sewers. The pattern comes with fully illustrated instructions to hold your hand every step of the way (there is also a ‘cheat sheet’ available for those of you who don’t want your hand held) which can be printed at home, or simply viewed on a computer or tablet.
View A features a fitted bodice with a low back and thin shoulder straps. The skirt is A-line, and includes (optional) in-seam pockets in the side seams.
View B features a fitted bodice with racer-back and thin shoulder straps. The skirt is a wrap that can be tied in a number of ways to achieve different silhouettes.
See below for finished garment measurements.
By working through this pattern, you will gain confidence in: achieving a great fit, working with tricky fabrics, sewing princess seams, inserting an invisible zip and lining a garment.
The Acton is compatible with a range of different fabrics. Your choice of fabric will govern the silhouette you achieve.
For view A, consider using mid-weight fabrics such as: linen, cotton or chambray. For a softer
silhouette, consider sateen, silk (crepe de chine or habotai) or viscose (rayon).
For view B, fabrics with good drape will work best. Consider silk or polyester crepe de chine,
viscose (rayon) or a lightweight cotton or linen.