Birgitta Helmersson ZW Gather Dress PDF

Birgitta Helmersson


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Buy the ZW Gather Dress sewing pattern from Birgitta Helmersson. This is an oversized dress with a dropped shoulder, gathered skirt, side pockets and full length button placket with buttons and buttonholes. It can be worn as a dress or an open jacket. The skirt seam is designed to sit over the bust. The lengths of the bodice and skirt are 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, one of which does not require buttons or buttonholes.

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. Choose something with a bit of drape and something that is not too thick as the gathers can add a lot of fullness.

Fabric requirements: 

Size 1: 135 – 155 cm (53″ – 61″) wide fabric: 260 cm (102″ or approx. 2.85 yd).

Size 2: 125 – 145 cm (49″ – 57″) wide fabric: 394.5 cm (156″ or approx. 4 3/8 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.

If you are between sizes, it is recommended that you choose Size 1.

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

Notions: 8 – 9 buttons, approx. 12 mm (1/2″); 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 / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Linen

Make time

All day

Sewing level

Confident Beginner, Intermediate


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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