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Birgitta Helmersson



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The ZW Cropped Shirt by Birgitta Helmersson is an oversized cropped shirt. It has a 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 is available in two size ranges and comes with 2 simple hack options.

Heads up! This is a digital PDF sewing pattern. You will not receive a physical pattern, you will be emailed a link to download the pattern after purchase.


This style comes in 2 size ranges.

  • Size One (EU 36 - 44)
  • Size Two (EU 46 - 52)

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 chart for more info.

Sewing level: Beginner

PDF Contents: Includes measurements in both metric (centimetres)and US imperial (inches). Booklet/Templates are printable on both A4 or US Letter paper size.

Fabric + Notions

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

Fabric Requirements:

Recommended widths by size

  • Size One: 135cm - 155cm / 53 - 61 inches
  • Size Two: 135cm - 155cm / 53 - 61 inches

Recommended yardage by size

  • Size One: 90cm / 35 1/2 inches (approx 1 yard)
  • Size Two: 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 One (EU 36 - 44): Chest/bust 86-104cm, waist 66-84cm / 26-33", hip 88-108cm / 34-42"

Size Two (EU 46 - 52): Chest/bust 105-128cm / 41-50", waist 85-110cm / 34-42", hip 109-135cm / 43-53"

Finished Garment Measuremensts Size One: 

  • Length, shoulder to hem: 54 cm / 21 1/4 inches
  • Body circumference: 125cm / 49 1/4 inches
  • Sleeve length, neck to sleeve hem: 30cm / 11 3/4 inches
  • Sleeve/bicep circumference: 53cm / 20 3/4 inches

Finished Garment Measurements Size Two:

  • Length, shoulder to hem: 59 cm / 23 1/4 inches
  • Body circumference: 140cm / 55 inches
  • Hip Circumference: 155cm / 61 inches
  • Sleeve length, neck to sleeve hem: 40.5cm / 16 inches
  • Sleeve/bicep circumference: 64cm / 25 1/4 inches

*These measurement are based on using a fabric that is 145cm / 57 inches wide. You can make this top larger or smaller by choosing a fabric with a wider or narrower width. 


Zero waste pattern cutting 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.

Advantages to this method include:

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 left over fabrics you already have lying around.

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 your own sewing patterns, which are super easy for beginners to understand.

Less fabric and paper waste

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