Simple Life Pattern Co. Release {Helena’s Button Back Top and Dress}


How about this dress?! I happened to come across Simple Life Pattern Co. needing a few more testers for a dress a few weeks back.  I was pretty swamped, but I just wanted to make this dress.  I cranked it pretty quickly and hopped over to a location I’ve been wanting to use forever.  The dress turned out great and I am pretty pleased with my photos too. **This post does contain affiliate links which allows me to earn a small amount of spending $$ when you purchase from a link in my post.

The Helena’s Button Top and Dress pattern actually includes a blouse and a dress! Often times patterns that include both tops and dress options are really just the skirt portion of the dress shortened for a tunic length.  This is not the case for the Helena’s top.  The top and the dress to look quite different when finished.


Pattern Details:

Helena’s Button Back Top and Dress

Price: $10, but on sale for $7.50 through Sunday 10/9.

Sewing Level: Beginner (Use Snaps if you are anti-button) I used snaps just because I had some that matched.

Size Range: 2 – 12

Features: Dress/Top Options, Button down back (or front), Scoop and Modest Neck Options, Pintuck Placket, Flutter Sleeve/Sleeveless Option, plus three additional sleeve lengths, hemmed sleeve or elastic sleeve.

Layered Printing

No Trim Pages

For my version, I stitched up the dress with the scooped back and 3/4 length elasticized sleeves with the flutter option. Every time I look at my button down back I can’t help but sing… Miss Mary Mac, Mac, Mac… All dressed in black, black, black… It makes me want to do an inspired dress with features of the song appliquéd all around it.



The dress construction overall was definitely beginner level.  The only things that could bump it to intermediate are the button holes.  If you haven’t done any button holes, this is me encouraging you to give it a go.  The doors of creation will open wide with this little skill.  If you need help, leave me a comment and we will get you some.  If that isn’t enough support, grab your snap pliers and go to work.  I used snaps on my version and love how it turned out.


Even though I haven’t stitched up the top version, it is a great pattern to have in your pattern collection.  I think it is going to be awesome for leggings and skinny pants.  The sleeve options add even more to this. Be sure to check out the top versions in the listing!

Get The Look Kit:


My favorite part about testing this pattern is that my version can now be purchased in a Get The Look Kit.  You can get the pattern and the fabric to create the same look I created for this post.  How exciting is that?!  This get this look kit is 25% off through Sunday, so don’t miss out if you are in love with this make.

Overall I’m super happy with this make.  It even became a birthday dress last weekend.  For a fun little sister photo, I’ll leave you with this little image.  Sisters are special, but twins have an extra little connection that is so interesting to watch.



3 thoughts on “Simple Life Pattern Co. Release {Helena’s Button Back Top and Dress}

  1. This dress is lovely! It inspired me to buy the “Get the Look” kit, and this week I will start making a birthday dress for my almost-four-year-old daughter. I want to copy what you did almost down to the very last detail! 🙂

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