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Birgitta Helmersson



Regular price $27.00 NZD
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The ZW Workwear Jacket by Birgitta Helmersson is an oversized workwear style jacket with 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.

This style has been updated and now includes cutting plans for two size ranges up to a a 160cm / 63" hip. Both sizes are included in the pattern purchase.

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 one size pattern where the finished garment size is determined by the fabric width. It comes with 2 pattern layout options suitable for up to a 160cm / 63" hip. 

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

Fabric Requirements:

Recommended widths

  • Size One: 130 - 155cm / 51 - 61 inches
  • Size Two: 120 - 145cm / 47 - 57 inches

Recommended yardage

  • Size One: 170cm / 67 inches ( approx 1.86 yards)
  • Size Two: Changes based on fabric width used, see 'Yardage Requirements' image for more details


  • 4-6 buttons approx 20-25mm wide
  • Optional mid-heavy fusing for front facings and collar

Size Chart

Size One

(Based on fabric width 145cm / 57in)

  • Length, shoulder to hem: 79cm / 31 inches
  • Max Bust/Hip: 104cm / 40" (allows for 30-40cm / 12-16” ease from the actual garment measurements)
  • Sleeve length, measured from the neck to the sleeve hem: 69.75cm / 27.5"
  • Armhole depth, measured from shoulder to underarm point: 27.5cm / 10.625"
  • Neck opening when buttoned up: 53cm / 21"

Size Two

(Based on fabric width 130cm / 51in)

  • Length, shoulder to hem: 81.5cm / 32 inches
  • Max Bust/Hip: 135cm / 53" (allows for approximately 30cm / 12" ease from the actual garment measurements)
  • Sleeve length, measured from the neck to the sleeve hem: 70cm / 27.5"
  • Armhole depth, measured from shoulder to underarm point: 31.5cm / 12.5"
  • Neck opening when buttoned up: 54cm / 21.25"

*Please note the sizing changes depending on the fabric width you use. For more detailed sizing info by fabric width refer to the size chart shown in the images. 


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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