Making the Simone low-waste overalls

The Simone Overalls are a low-waste pattern developed by Emily of Goldfinch Limited, a sustainable textile studio.

We met on Instagram, and she was writing the overalls pattern as I was doing the Xanthea top. I suggested we do a pattern swap, since overalls and t-shirts go well together. Xanthea was ready first and Emily handstitched a sleeveless version.

Simone overalls worn by Emily the designer
Emily in her overalls.

Now it’s my turn to try the overalls. I had a piece of linen on standby for a while, but at the last moment I changed my mind and decided to make red overalls from some firmly woven red cotton. I think they will be more durable.

Simone overalls sketch

The pattern comes in 7 sizes, to fit a 34″ to a 74″ hip measurement, with an option to self-draft the pieces to fit your body measurements and preferences. I fell in between sizes and decided to make the lower size (me: 40″-ish hips, made size A designed for 34″-38″ hips), as there’s a reasonable amount of ease allowed.

Simone is a low-waste pattern, and the pieces are modular and can be moved about to fit various fabric widths. It could be zero waste depending on your size and fabric width.

The cut and construction of the trousers part of the overalls is very similar to the free scrubs pattern on this website, so if you’ve made these you’ll be in familiar territory.

All the pieces are drawn straight onto the fabric, using a print-out template to get the curves on the bib. It’s quite quick to cut out.

Simone overalls with ties
I had less fabric than required, but I found a piece of pretty cotton with poppies on it and used it to line the bib – you can just see it here.
Simone overalls leftovers
It was almost zero waste.
This is all I had left after cutting out – a couple of strips and two small rectangles.

The fun part was deciding how to wear the overalls…

Simone overalls with side waist ties
There’s a channel at the bottom of the bib with ties threaded through.
Simone overalls tying the sides
These get pulled up and the sides tied into a bow.
Simone overalls with waist gathers
Kinda fun to wear!
But gathers around the waist amplify my non-existent waist.
Simone overalls closeup of pleated front
Then I tried pleating the sides of the front bib and tying the ties at the front. Like!
An adjustable waist is very comfortable if (like me) your waist measurement changes daily, or even during the day.
Simone overalls with pleated front
I like this a lot and it brings the side pockets around to the front a little.

These overalls are very versatile not just in ways-to-wear, but also in how they’re constructed. Emily gives us a couple of methods of finishing the seams for a very neat interior finish, with no overlocker required. This is one of those garments where you can make the finishes as simple or fancy as you want.

The other great thing is that these don’t need any hardware – all you need is fabric and thread. So if you already have suitable fabric at home you can just go ahead and sew.

If you’re reading this because you’re planning to make a pair, I recommend checking the given bib dimensions before cutting out as everyone has personal preferences (I made mine a bit wider). I added extra length on the trousers too, as I like the hems to sit over my shoes (I’m 5’6″). The pattern has an excellent table of finished garment measurements.

These are amazingly comfortable to wear and I’m looking forward to working them into my wardrobe.


UPDATE: some ways to wear these overalls.


  1. Marian on June 21, 2022 at 4:12 am

    Hello Ms Haywood

    Hope this finds you well… I am planning to make the Simone overalls and was searching the internet to find a neater way to tie the shoulder straps when I found your blog! Please would you share how to “tied” yours?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Many thanks and best wishes

    • lizhaywood on June 21, 2022 at 12:36 pm

      Hi Marian, I used giant press studs for mine. They’re sitting underneath the straps so the straps look smooth.
      In the photos for this blog post I’ve just got them pinned, and I did wear them tied for a bit a la the original, but the giant press studs are working very well.

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