The Overture Set

The Overture Set sewing pattern

This summery debut design by Storybook Patterns can be made as either a floaty dress or blouse. Based on a trapeze silhouette, it features a fitted bodice, back pleat, dropped hem and classic collar. It’s the perfect summer wardrobe addition. This easy top & dress sewing pattern comes with step-by-step instructions and came free with issue 20 of Simply Sewing magazine).

Overture set sewing pattern

Storybook Patterns logoDesigner Cassandra says: “The term overture is defined as ‘an introduction to something more substantial’, and as this is the first pattern to be published by Storybook Patterns (our new indie pattern company due to launch early 2017 at, we thought it to be an apt name for the design. This first pattern has been a journey in learning what sustainability means for both the designer and the home sewist. My hope is that you will be inspired, encouraged and convicted to make in a more sustainable way, showing your love and concern for both people and the planet.

The Overture Set figures

The Overture Set

This pattern is sold out Issue 20, £5.99, comes in 11 sizes

You will need:

  • Main fabric: 150cm (60in) width fabric x 2.2m (21/2yds) for the dress and 1.9m (2yds) for the shirt, for all sizes
  •  Button 3/8in (1cm) or hook and loop
  • Iron-on interfacing: to match fabric weight, 40x90cm (16x36in), for all sizes
  •  Matching thread

The Overture Set blouse sewing pattern

Learn new skills:

  • Sew and attach a collar
  • Add a dropped-back hemline
  • Make armhole binding

Fabric suggestions

Woven fabrics such as cotton, cambric, batiste, voile, lawn, cotton/silk mixes, cotton sateen, shirting, chambray, poplin, lightweight linens, light cotton twill, wool dealing, bamboo or cotton/bamboo mixes, lightweight hemp, viscose rayon.

We’ve used: Bye Bye Birdie Blue Jean and Sparkle Powder Gold, both by Atelier Brunette from