Birgitta Helmersson - Zero Waste Cropped Shirt - Size Two - 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 cropped shirt with dropped shoulder, neck band and button front closure. Length of bodice is easily adjustable to your preference. The width of the garment is variable depending on the fabric width you use.

This pattern comes in 2 size ranges. Due to the zero waste nature of the pattern each size has slightly different variations in the design. Choose your size (ONE or TWO) and refer to the size guide for more info.

Sizes:  EU 46 - 52

Sewing Level: Beginner

Fabric recommendations: Ideal in a woven linen or cotton types with a weight of approx 150-200gsm.

Fabric required:

Recommended Width: 135cm - 155cm / 53 - 61 inches

Size 2: 100cm / 39 1/2 inches (approx 1.1 yard)

Notions: Requires 3 buttons (depending on your chosen garment size) approx 20mm  /  3/4 inch in size. It is also optional to use a lightweight fusing for the neck band, this is only recommended for very fine fabrics.


SIZE CHART SIZE TWO: Chest/bust 105-128cm / 41-50", waist 85-110cm / 34-42", hip 109-135cm / 43-53"


-Length, shoulder to hem: 59 cm / 23 1/4 inches

-Body circumference: 140cm / 55 inches

-Sleeve length, neck to sleeve hem: 40.5cm / 16 inches

-Sleeve/bicep circumference: 64cm / 25 1/4 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.