My First Make | The Overture Top

I’m super excited to show you my first make! Technically it’s not the first garment I’ve ever sewn, but it’s the first one in a long, long time and I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

The Overture by Storybook Patterns

The pattern is from Storybook Patterns and came free with an issue of Simply Sewing magazine a few months ago. The loose swing shape is ideal for my apple shaped figure and doesn’t need any fitting around the waist. I enjoy a challenge and I want to push myself to learn new things so I wasn’t put off by the collar. A few people told me that I was crazy to tackle a collared blouse as my first project but I loved the pattern and I’m not known for my patience!

I used the cream and black embroidered arrow fabric from my first haul. At the time of writing it’s still available from Fabworks.

I found the pattern fairly easy to follow and the illustrations were helpful. A couple of the instructions were really confusing to my beginners brain and I had to resort to common sense and guesswork, but luckily there was no unpicking to be done. There was also a misprint on the pattern. A couple of the dashed lines were actually the same so I think at some point I wobbled between one size and another when tracing but it doesn’t seem to have caused too much trouble.


It took me a couple of days to complete this project and I had a few disasters along the way. Firstly, I cut the pieces with the fabric folded wrong sides together. I don’t know what I was thinking! Luckily, the top is symmetrical so it still worked.

Next, I used some cheap red polyester thread for my basting stitches, then melted them with a hot iron. The marks are all on the inside so it doesn’t matter too much.

Then, I used black tailors chalk for the pattern markings. On cream fabric. Doh! Thankfully the marks have come out after washing but I had to be really careful not to iron over any of them whilst I was pressing.

Speaking of ironing, be prepared to press this fabric! It’s cotton and creases like there’s no tomorrow. Believe it or not it was ironed just before I took these photos. Within minutes of putting it on it looks crumpled, which is a real shame but can’t be helped. It’d probably be better suited to a more fitted garment so there’s less fabric to bunch up and crease.

I also think it was a bit too stiff for this pattern. I ended up taking about 7 inches from the side seams. It was just too voluminous to be flattering because the fabric sort of stuck out at the side seams. I think if I’d chosen something with more drape it would have been fine without any alterations.


I attempted to make bias binding for the armholes with the remnants, but it was really fiddly. I resorted to some bought binding that’s just a bit too dark for the top so I may replace that at a later date. The other thing that drives me a teensy bit mad is that I was a bit careless on one side of the back yoke so there’s some stitching peeping out where it shouldn’t be. I really wish I’d taken more care, noticed the mistake and gone back to correct it.

All in all, I really enjoyed making this and, if I can find the right fabric, I’d like to do another one with a contrast collar. It’s far from perfect but I’m rather proud of my first finished garment and I’ve already worn it. It’s got me itching to sew more!



    • sx25g
      16 October , 2016 / 8:22 pm

      Thanks Angela, I really love wearing it. Thanks for being the first person to comment too- so exciting!

  1. 24 October , 2016 / 9:17 pm

    “Firstly, I cut the pieces with the fabric folded wrong sides together” Story of my life! Haha! I feel like I’d be worried if something DIDN’T go wrong with one of my projects, it’s almost always inevitable for me.
    I think your top is a lovely starting point for getting back into sewing and it looks gorgeous! Good luck with your future endeavours!

    • 29 October , 2016 / 9:35 am

      Glad I’m not the only one! I think I just need to concentrate a bit harder! I’m so excited to get on with the project that I rush and end up with a silly mistake. So far its all been salvageable, thankfully!

      Thanks so much for stopping by!


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