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Floral Acton Dress

I picked up this piece of rayon challis at Fabric By Designer in Toronto when I was there last month. I have been meaning to make the winged version of the Acton Dress for some time now but I needed a piece of fabric that was big enough and well suited to the design. I knew when I saw this challis that it would be ideal for a pattern like the Acton with large pieces so the print can really shine. I also love the way the wrapped effect of the dress mimics the wrapped petals in the lilies and other flowers shown in this print! It really seems like a match made in sewing heaven.

I decided to make this dress to wear to a family wedding this summer. It was a rushed job, squeezing it in between the Dressing Robe Launch and the wedding, but I managed to get it done and I was so pleased to wear it on the big day. The wedding was outdoors so it was a great opportunity for a photo-op.

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.

The wings of the Acton are easy to sew and can be tied in different ways for different looks. I also like the way they look hanging down, but you need to leave the ties off to wear it like that. I think it looks best wrapped in the back on my figure so that it how I styled it that day.

I love love LOVE my Acton. I think the design is so pretty and unique and it fits me like a glove. I look forward to making more Actons in the future.

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Helen Wilkinson is the designer and founder of Helen's Closet Patterns. She also co-hosts the Love to Sew Podcast! Helen is obsessed with all things sewing and strives to share her passion and knowledge with the sewing community.

14 Comments on “Floral Acton Dress”

  1. Beautiful dress Helen! Suits you perfectly – love your romantic pic with your mister 🙂 like a time gone by under your parasol (I just have to say hats off to the bride for this addition – brilliant!)

  2. Great fit and the green is so pretty on you Helen! I really like the design of these wing style wrap dresses–you really can get a variety of looks which is always a plus in a garment!

  3. I love this Helen! The Acton has been on and off my sewing list for a while now and seeing yours has put it straight back on again! Definitely going to choose a flowing print like yours. Lovely

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