Pattern Testing : Acton Dress

Pattern Testing : Acton Dress

Posted by Helen | November 14, 2016 | My Makes

I have been excitedly waiting to share this make you all for quite some time! Back in the spring, I pattern tested this dress for Emily from In The Folds. The test went well, and she decided to take some time to update her website, add illustrated pattern instructions, and get professional photos before launching.  It all looks SO good. She just released the Acton last week and I can’t wait to show you my version of this amazing pattern.

In the Folds Acton Dress by Helen's Closet
In the Folds Acton Dress by Helen's Closet

Emily is based in Australia, and for you southern hemisphere makers, this dress is such a great pattern for warmer weather.  I wore mine a lot this past summer!  I have also continued to get use out of it in the cooler months with a cardigan and leggings.

In the Folds Acton Dress by Helen's ClosetIn the Folds Acton Dress by Helen's Closet

The Acton Dress by In The Folds

The Acton has two views, one with a faux-wrap front design that is unique and super pretty.  I went for the sans-wrap version, but I would really like to try the wrap one next time.  Please note that I was forced to add a center seam to the skirt of my Acton due to a cutting error; there is no center front seam on the actual skirt portion of the pattern . I also went rogue and cut my bodice pieces on the bias to achieve this chevron effect.  I think this pattern is so perfect for a chevron look, and I love the way this turned out in the front and back.

In the Folds Acton Dress by Helen's Closet

There are two back options for the Acton.  I made the back of view B with the view A front. I like the high back style.  Another one of my favourite things about this pattern is the high neck and the way it shows off the shoulders.  This is my favourite cut of dress and for a broad shouldered girl like me, I think it is very flattering.  The dress is quite flattering overall, in fact, I think the cut has a very slimming effect.  The pattern also has inseam pockets, which is an obvious win!

In the Folds Acton Dress by Helen's Closet
In the Folds Acton Dress by Helen's Closet

The fabric I used here is a woven cotton I picked up at an Our Social Fabric sale.  I used it once before for my maxi Nita Wrap Skirt and I just love the woven details.  I have officially used all 7 meters of this (which I got for $2 by the way), so consider this piece of fabric recycled!

In the Folds Acton Dress by Helen's Closet
In the Folds Acton Dress by Helen's ClosetIn the Folds Acton Dress by Helen's Closet

Special thanks to Laurie Best for taking these awesome photos for me. We spent quite a long time trying to find the right light, and I think they turned out great because of it.  Thanks for persevering with me, Laurie!

I definitely plan on making the Acton again, hopefully soon! I can’t wait to see more versions of if 🙂  Congrats to Emily from In The Folds on releasing another amazing dress pattern.


Blog Comments

Ah Helen I love your version! It’s really flattering 🙂
Desperate to make the wrap version, but I think I’ll need to do an FBA and some work on the bodice fit to make it suit me. It’s in the queue! x

Thank you, Shauni! The wrap version is so pretty, I can’t wait to try it next spring. Megan Nielsen just posted a tutorial in FBA’s on princess seams 🙂

Beautiful dress – I was astounded to read you spent $2 on this fabric! Now that was a serious bargain because it’s absolutely gorgeous!

Right?! How could anyone get rid of it! I just love this shade of red. Thanks, Kathleen!

Love your dress! It looks great on you. 🙂 I am currently making the Rushcutter dress (also by In the Folds), so hopefully when I’m done, I can make the Acton dress.

Oooo, I really like the Rushcutter too. All her patterns have such cool design lines! Can’t wait to see!

This dress looks great. I love the way you used the stripes in the fabric.

Thanks Carly!

This is beautiful! first one I’ve seen without the ties and I might actually buy it now <3

Thanks, Tasha! It is such a pretty design, and a very flattering shape 🙂 You should try it!

This is AMAZING, Helen. Loving this red on you too.

Thank you, Abbey! I love this shade of red <3

Love the chevron effect! Maybe I’ll try that on my next version.

It’s a nice design detail! I really want to make another one, too.

OH…so cute Helen! I love so much about this pattern…it’s just the bra wearability that is holding me back.

I’ve only been to one OSF sale. It was a little overwhelming to me and I left with buttons. LOL…yes buttons. Ah well…more fabric choice for you.

The instrument in the corner is beautiful. Is it yours? Or Laurie’s?

Thanks, Sue! I find that most racer back sports bras work well with this cut of dress, but you can still see the straps a bit. I’m not wearing a bra in these pics, and the thicker fabric and fully lined bodice makes it comfortable for me 🙂
I agree that the OSF sales are crazy, I tend to just grab as much as I can and then find a corner to sort through what I grabbed and decide which to actually take home with me. It’s always a frenzy, but I have definitely gotten some great things there.
The instrument is my parent’s! I don’t think it has been played in decades…I should re-string it and give it a go! It’s called a Dulcimer.

Your parents are officially cool. Wouldn’t be surprised if they are Winter harp groupies like me, LOL!

Great version Helen. I love the chevron bodice, it works so well!

Thanks so much! I really love the chevron, too 🙂

I am loving every version of this dress that I’ve seen since the pattern launch! The bias cut on the bodice is so pretty in your striped fabric. It fits you like a glove and is so flattering! Another dress to add to my mile long list…

Thanks, Teri! I know how you feel, my list gets longer every day! This one is a real stunner though, it may be worth moving to the top!

So lovely and flattering, and the fit looks perfect. Great fabric too, what a bargain!

Thanks, Katie! The fabric was such a steal, I feel very fortunate to have access to an awesome textile recycling initiative so close to my house!

Wow, your dress is beautiful!

This is so pretty Helen! I love the effect on the skirt – hooray for happy accidents. Great colour on you too!

[…] I have made the Acton before, so I knew how to fit the bodice to my figure. Using a shifty fabric like this challis adds an extra challenge and the bodice did stretch out quite a bit. I took it in at the sides to make the back fit properly and it was easy enough to make it work. I used the same challis for the lining, too. I messed up the zip a bit at the top, but not terribly, considering my haste. I tend to wear my hair down anyways – nobody sees, nobody knows. […]

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