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Birgitta Helmersson



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The ZW Tier Dress by Birgitta Helmersson is made up of 3 separate cutting plans which can be mixed and matched to make 4 different dresses. A short dress with thin straps, long dress with thin straps, short dress with sleeves and long dress with sleeves.

This dress has an above the bust self lined panel, the A-line dress below this is gathered on. There is also a bottom gathered tier that can be added to the dress and a gathered sleeve with an elasticated hem. The sleeve is hand sewn to the strap and underarm after the dress has been fully made.

This pattern comes in 10 sizes, XS-6XL.

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 pattern comes in 10 sizes, XS-6XL (hip 86-152cm / 34"-60"), with all sizes included in the one pattern. There is a separate cutting plan booklet for sizes XS-2XL and 3XL-6XL which include detailed measurements and templates.

There are 2 different pattern layout options for this dress, which vary slightly depending on what size you are using.

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: This works best with lightweight woven fabrics in cotton, linen, silk or viscose. A weight of approximately 80-160gsm is ideal.

Note, if you are not using the sleeve then the strap for the dress will need to be cut from a contrast or remnant fabric.

Fabric Requirements: Widths and yardage requirements vary depending on the size and garment view you are making. If you want to work with a fabric outside of the recommended widths there are alternate pattern layouts provided in the instruction booklet. See garment views / yardage requirements image for more details.

Notions: More detailed measurements provided for each size in the cutting plans.

  • VIEW A, B, C, D: Binding to finish underarm, OPTIONAL lightweight fusing for front and back bodice lining (B + D).
  • VIEW A, C: Contrast or remnant fabric to cut straps.
  • VIEW B, D: Binding to finish sleeves, elastic for sleeve hem.

Size Chart

This pattern includes 10 size options:

  • XS: bust 81-86cm / 32-34", hip 86-91cm / 34-36"
  • S: bust 86-91cm / 34-36", hip 91-96cm / 36-38"
  • M: bust 91-96cm / 36-38", hip 96-101cm / 38-40"
  • L: bust 96-101cm / 38-40", hip 101-106cm / 40-42"
  • XL: bust 101-106cm / 40-42", hip 106-112cm / 42-44"
  • 2XL: bust 106-111cm / 42-44", hip 112-120cm / 44-47"
  • 3XL: bust 111-119cm / 44-47", hip 120-128cm / 47-50"
  • 4XL: bust 119-127cm / 47-50", hip 128-136cm / 50-53"
  • 5XL: bust 127-135cm / 50-53", hip 136-144cm / 53-56"
  • 6XL: bust 135-143cm / 53-56", hip 144-152cm / 56-60"


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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