Birgitta Helmersson

Birgitta Helmersson ZW Jumper

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Buy the ZW Jumper sewing pattern from Birgitta Helmersson. This zero waste (ZW) jumper has an oversized body with a curved hem and a slim sleeve making it perfect for layering. The body size and sleeve length are determined by the fabric width you use. The crew neck features a ribbed neck band, and the sleeve hem has a ribbed band attached when using narrower fabric widths. The ZW Jumper comes with tips to adjust the sleeve circumference for extended sizes, as well as a hack to make a smaller jumper size with a narrower fabric.


Zero waste pattern cutting is a bit like a puzzle. It is a method of pattern drafting where you utilise a length of fabric end to end by strategically planning your pattern pieces so that everything is used. This pattern does not require printing large pattern pieces. Instead, you draw your pattern pieces directly onto your fabric with the aid of a cutting plan and templates. This method has several advantages:

1. More flexibility. This method allows for easy changes such as using different fabric widths and making simple fit and design changes yourself. Using patterns that fit into a zero waste square or rectangular block is a very efficient way to work. It means that it is easier to patchwork together remnants or use leftover fabrics you already have lying around.

2. An easy way to learn to self draft your own patterns. Working this way will help you to start building a toolbox of skills, and you will learn an alternative method of self drafting which is super easy for beginners to understand.

3. Less fabric and paper waste!

NOTE: With the exception of some templates, this zero waste pattern has no pattern pieces. You will draw the pattern directly onto your fabric by following the step-by-step instructions and using the templates. The templates print on four A4/US letter pages.

This sewing pattern is available to buy in the following format:

– PDF (available to download immediately after purchase). What is a PDF?

Suggested fabrics: The ZW Jumper is suitable for both wovens (non-stretch) and knits (stretch). This jumper works really well in a mid-heavy weight brushed fleece/sweater fabric as well as mid weight cotton jersey. It also works well in light-mid weight woven linens and cottons that have a nice drape to them.

Fabric requirements: 

View 1: Recommended fabric widths: 160 - 175 cm (63" - 69") // Fabric usage/length: 80 cm (31.5").

View 2: Recommended fabric widths: 145 - 160 cm (57" - 63") // Fabric usage/length: 80 cm (31.5").

Sizing: One size (up to approx. UK 28, based on our standardised size chart). Please also check the designer’s size chart and finished garment measurements.

Notions: One length of cotton bias binding, 4 cm x 32 cm (1.5" x 12.5"); one length of ribbing to finish the neck, 8 cm x 43 cm (3.25" x 17") // View 2 only: two lengths of ribbing for the sleeve hems, 16 cm x 20 cm (6.5" x 8").

Additional tools: Chalk or dissolvable pen; large right angle ruler and/or long straight ruler.

PDF pattern includes: Instructions (with a link to an online tutorial to help each step of the way); A4/US letter print-at-home templates (4 pages). Other than the templates, this zero waste pattern has no pattern pieces.

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