Acton Dress – The Pasta Dress

Earlier this year I found myself in a deep sewing funk. The darling husband realised it was getting me down and suggested I buy some fabric. What a catch right? Anyway, The Fabric Store was open and we were in the city, so it seemed like the right idea. Unfortunately, there wasn’t too much that caught my eye – typical right? This blue silk fabric made the cut though. It certainly isn’t my colour, but it’s so stable and soft that I just couldn’t not buy it.

As luck would have it, this purchase also coincided with a wedding invitation and well, I’m sure you realise that I have no dresses in my wardrobe that I could possible wear, so I needed to make a new one…


The Acton Dress by Emily at In the Folds has been on my ‘to sew’ list since it’s release and I was really quite happy with the pattern. I love the high neck line and cut away shoulder/arm design.

Surprisingly, the only fitting modification I made was to take in the princess seams a little. Most of the dress construction was a breeze and it was finished in a day, except for the lining, which I choose the hand stitch in place. Unfortunately, in the weeks following construction and prior to the wedding, the silk bodice appeared to drop a little and then sagged/ballooned over the lining. So the morning of the wedding I found myself unpicking and resewing, then unpicking and resewing the lining again, which as you can guess overworked the silk and I had to take in the center bodice seam ending in a dart along the top of the skirt. Thankfully you can’t see the dart in the busy fabric, and thankfully you can’t see the finish inside the dress, as it’s not up to my usual standard. I think the next time I make this dress out of a fabric that it likely to drop, I’ll let it hang for a few days prior to stitching the lining.

While this fabric clearly isn’t in my usual colour pallet, I really like it. The black and white pasta pieces give the light blue colour an edge, and as it’s a satin back silk crepe, it has a lovely matt finish on the outside, but feels really swish and silky on the inside.

This dress is definitely a win and I have more photos to share this week as I have finally found my camera cable. 🙂

  • It’s fabulous! I really like the cutaway shoulders and neckline on you too 🙂

  • I love the fabric! And, yes, that cutaway shoulder looks incredible on you.

  • Beth_SunnyGalStudio

    really pretty, lovely color and I like the neckline/shoulders on you as well.

  • Really suits you, love it with those shoes too ;o)

  • Quinn May

    I think the colour looks lovely on you. Gorgeous dress!