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Birgitta Helmersson



Regular price $27.00 NZD
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The ZW Gather Dress by Birgitta Helmersson is an oversized dress with a dropped shoulder, gathered skirt, side pockets and full length button placket with buttons and button holes. Can be worn as a dress or an open jacket.

The skirt seam is designed to sit over the bust. Lengths of bodice and skirt are easily adjustable to your preference. The width of the garment is variable depending on the fabric width you use.

This style comes in 2 size options and includes 2 simple hacks, one of which does not require buttons or button holes.

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 is a recently updated style and now includes both Size One and Size Two in this purchase and fits up to 156 cm bust. The pattern has also been updated to have more detailed finished garment measurements by fabric width to help with making fit and design changes before cutting out.  Due to the zero waste nature of the pattern each size has slightly different variations in the design.

Sewing level: Advanced 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. 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:

Recommended widths by size

  • Size One: 125cm - 155cm / 49 - 61 inches
  • Size Two: 110cm - 145cm / 43 – 57 inches

Recommended yardage by size

  • Size One: 260cm / 102 1/4 inches (approx 2.85 yards)
  • Size Two: 394.5cm / 155 1/2 inches (approx 4.35 yards)


  • 9 buttons (depending on your chosen garment size) approx 12mm  /  1/2 inch in size.
  • Optional: lightweight fusing for the neck band, only recommended for very fine fabrics.

Size Chart

Suitable for a bust measurement of up to 156cm / 61".

This is an oversized 'One Size' style that comes with 2 size options, a Size One and a Size Two.

  • Size One: max bust 87-117cm / 34-46 inches
  • Size Two: max bust 114-156cm / 45-61 inches

Choose which layout to use based on your size and fabric width. See pattern info image for more details.


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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