Birgitta Helmersson - Zero Waste Workwear Jacket - PDF Pattern

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Please note: This PDF sewing pattern uses zero waste pattern cutting and comprises of instructions to draw shapes directly onto your fabric. With the exception of some small templates, there are no pattern pieces to print out and tape together.

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 is ‘PAPERLESS’ meaning that no printing of large pattern pieces is required. Instead of using full scale paper patterns, you draw your pattern pieces directly onto your fabric with the aid of a cutting plan and small templates.

This is an oversized workwear style jacket made using Zero Waste Pattern Cutting. It has a collar and a dropped shoulder. Comes with 2 pocket options. Jacket has side splits, front button closure, shoulder darts on front and back shoulders for shaping and back gathers on the sleeve hem with a roll up cuff.

Size:  EU 36 - 44

Sewing Level: Advanced Beginner

Fabric recommendations: Choose something in a woven fabric. For a Spring/Summer version choose a mid-heavy weight linen or cotton. For a winter version this works well in a light to mid weight wool coating. Is also lovely in a cotton corduroy.

Fabric required:

Recommended width: 135-150 cm / 53 - 59 inches

170cm / 67 inches ( approx 1.86 yards)

Notions: Requires 6 buttons approx 20-25mm wide.



-Length, shoulder to hem: 79cm / 31 inches

-Body Circumference: 126.5cm / 49 inches

-Sleeve length, true shoulder point to sleeve hem, approximate and measured when cuff has been rolled once: 55cm / 21 1/2 inches

-Sleeve bicep circumference: 54cm / 21 inches

-Sleeve wrist circumference: 38cm / 14 1/2 inches

-Neck opening when buttoned up: 52cm / 20 inches


PDF Pattern/Instruction Booklet: Includes measurements in both metric (centimetres) and US imperial (inches). Booklet/Templates are printable on both A4 or US Letter Paper size. You can check the 'Table of Contents' in the PDF booklet to see which page numbers include Templates for printing.