Overture set – mustard liberty print top

In the third installment of my love affair with the Storybook Patterns Overture Set we have the mustard liberty print top. With its large floral print, and contrasting white colour, I couldn’t have dreamed up a better garment if I’d tried.

This is the first top version I’ve made from this pattern (you can see my dresses here and here). I of course have many more planned (as I always do), as everything I loved in the dress is replicated in the top. The inverted pleat below the yoke, the two separate yokes with rouleau loop fastening. the collar, and the shape. I can’t get enough of this pattern.


The fabric is a liberty tana lawn in mustard – my favourite colour.

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Although I love liberty lawn, I’m not the biggest fan of ditsy floral prints, and so opt for their less traditional prints, like this one. I’d had my eye on it for a while and managed to pick it up in the sale – I’m not sure if it was in Mandors or Remnant Kings. I love the look of this print, I think it has a 60s / 70s feel, but with a more modern edge.


I had about two metres, and this was a good match for this pattern. The contrasting collar is a basic white cotton lawn, and I interfaced using the same fabric (I’ve been having lots of problems with interfacing bubbling in my collars so am trying to avoid it).


The finishing details on this pattern are exquisite and so I just have to show off the beautiful innards. As well as being pretty, the techniques to create these looks are also hugely skill building. The pattern uses (and fully explains for beginners) french seams wherever possible (in the dress version this includes pockets).


The armholes are finished with a self-made bias tape (again full instructions are provided in the pattern on how to do this). Here I opted to use the same white lawn that I used on my collar, made up of fabric scraps.


The yoke seam is also finished with self-made binding, and the collar and hem are finished by hand. I hope you’ll agree that these innards are just dreamy!


I seriously cannot express how much I love this top. I wear it all the time. Sometimes even to work…which confuses me somewhat as I don’t want to ‘waste’ my me mades on work days, but equally want to celebrate them by wearing them as often as possible – is that just me?

in New York
In Folegandros in Greece
In the bathroom at work…
Another attempt to brighten up the office…

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