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The Acton Sewing Pattern | In The Folds
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  • $32.00



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.

You will receive:

- A printed booklet with fully illustrated instructions to hold your hand every step of the way. 

- Two dress options that are interchangeable:

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.

The pattern is available in 10 sizes (A - K) and is nested, to make it easier for you to grade between sizes. For more information about sizing, please visit the Sizing Chart.

Difficulty:

The pattern is placed at a Level 6 on the In the Folds pattern skill scale, which means you should be confident using sewing patterns and can handle basic pattern alterations to achieve a good fit. 

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. 

Suggested fabrics:

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.

Click here to see the amount of fabric required:

Notions - View A:
  • 40cm (16in) invisible zip
  • Coordinating thread
Notions - View B:
  • 50cm (19in) invisible zip
  • Coordinating thread

***NOTE: For 115cm (45in) wide fabrics in all sizes and 150cm (60in) wide in sizes E-K, the skirt will need to be cut on the cross grain (due to the scale of the pattern pieces). When selecting fabric, be careful to choose a fabric that does not have a directional print and drapes well in both directions. 

The Acton sew-along can be found here.