Sew Me Something Helena Dress Sewing Pattern


The Helena Dress Sewing Pattern

Sew Me Something

Oh fellow Thread Heads!  What is it about this lovely dressmaking pattern by Stratford upon Avon based, sewing pattern designer, sewing teacher, and dressmaking how-to author Jules Fallon that makes it so appealing?  We can just picture it with tights and boots in the cooler months and barelegged with sandals for those wonderfully warm days.

Helena is a relaxed easy to wear dress. The front curved yoke anchors the pintuck detail at the centre front, but this could easily be changed to pleats or gathers. The back yoke also lends itself to adaptations with the  gathers changed to pleats as well.

The elbow length sleeves in view 1 can be extended into the 3/4 length sleeves in view 2. And the simple button and placket hold the turned up sleeves in place.

Side pockets are a must and keep the lines of the dress clean and simple.

You can make your Helena in sizes 8 to 22.

Size 8:  bust – 82cm     waist – 68cm     hips – 90cm

Size 22:  bust – 118cm    waist – 104cm    hips – 126cm

Sew Me Something recommends using medium weight cotton, poplin, linen, satin crepe, crepe de chine, viscose, light weight wool, or needlecord when creating your own gorgeous Helena Dress!


Lightweight cotton, poplins, soft linen, double gauze, viscose mix, crepe de chine, satin crepe.


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The former high school English teacher in me adores that Jules names all of her designs after Shakespearean characters.  She is based in Shakespeare’s hometown, Stratford upon Avon and is inspired by the Bard’s best-loved heroines.  So she got me at that!  The Helena Dress is named for the poor, unloved Helena in Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  But trust us, there’s nothing unlovable about this gorgeous, easy fitting dress!  It’s one that I am completely obsessed with!  Artsy, funky and it can dressed up or dressed down for any occasion.

More importantly as a sewist, if you look at Jules’ designs, you can see that she completely understands women’s bodies.  Her designs flatter most body types *and* all of her sewing patterns go up to a size 22.  Woo hoo!  Sew Me Something patterns are printed on substantial paper – no easily torn tissue paper here!

Jules’ blog is chock full of all kinds of tips and ideas for getting the most out of her sewing patterns.  Why not grab a cuppa and have a read of her posts?

And if, like me, you would love to go and spend some time in beautiful Stratford upon Avon, why not plan to include a fab workshop at Sew Me Something HQ?  Be sure to tell them that Clare at Thread Head Fabrics sent you!

Your Helena Dress Shopping List:

When using 114cm wide fabric

Version 1    Sizes 8 – 12  = 3m    Sizes 14 – 18 =  3.25m    Sizes 20 – 22 = 3.50m

Version 2    Sizes 8 – 12 = 3.20m    Sizes 14 – 18 = 3.5m     Sizes 20 – 22 = 3.70m

When using 140cm wide fabric

Version 1     Sizes 8 – 12 = 2.20m    Sizes 14 – 18 = 2.5m    Sizes 20 – 22 = 2.75m

Version 2     Sizes 8 – 12 = 2.40m     Sizes 14 – 18 = 2.70m   Sizes 20 – 22 = 3m

Lightweight Interfacing  – 114cm wide 0.30m for all sizes.

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