Birgitta Helmersson ZW Cropped Shirt PDF

Birgitta Helmersson


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Buy the ZW Cropped Shirt sewing pattern from Birgitta Helmersson. This is an oversized cropped shirt made using zero waste pattern cutting. It has a dropped shoulder, neck band and button front closure. The length of the bodice is easily adjustable to your preference. The width of the garment is variable depending on the fabric width you use. Comes with two simple hack options.

NOTE: With the exception of some small 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 in the pattern booklet and using small templates which you can print easily on your home printer.

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

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

Suggested fabrics: Ideal in a woven linen or cotton with a weight of approx. 150 – 200 gsm. The gather sleeve hack looks great in a lighter weight fabric with a bit of drape.

Fabric requirements: 

Size 1: 135 – 155 cm (53″ – 61″) wide fabric: 90 cm (36″ or 1 yd).

Size 2: 135 – 155 cm (53″ – 61″) wide fabric: 100 cm (39 1/2″ or approx. 1.1 yd).

Sizing: Size 1 or Size 2. This is a single size pattern with two options. Size 1 fits EU 36 – 44 (approx. UK 6/8 – 14, based on our standardised size chart). Size 2 fits EU 46 – 52 (approx. UK 16 – 24, based on our standardised size chart). Please also check the designer’s size charts and finished garment measurements.

Due to the zero waste nature of this pattern, some design details may change between sizes.

Notions: 3 buttons, approx. 20 mm (3/4″); lightweight fusing for the neck band (optional, only recommended for very fine fabrics).

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

PDF pattern includes: Instruction booklet; A4/US letter print-at-home templates (1 page). With the exception of some small templates, this zero waste pattern has no pattern pieces.

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Additional information


Cottons, Linen

Make time

All day

Sewing level

Confident Beginner


UK 6 / US 2 / EU 34, UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44, UK 18 / US 14 / EU 46, UK 20 / US 16 / EU 48, UK 22 / US 18 / EU 50, UK 24 / US 20 / EU 52

Pattern format

PDF (Size 1), PDF (Size 2)

PDF Printing

1 page (templates)

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