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Birgitta Helmersson

ZERO WASTE JUMPER | PDF & Paper Sewing Pattern

ZERO WASTE JUMPER | PDF & Paper Sewing Pattern

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The ZW Jumper by Birgitta Helmersson has an oversized body with a curved hem and a slim fitting sleeve making it perfect for layering. The body size and sleeve length are determined by the width of the fabric. The crew neck features a ribbed neckband and the sleeve hem has a ribbed band attached when using narrower fabric widths.

Check out Birgitta's super handy tutorial on Sewing the ZW Jumper and we just love the Daisy Tutorial she created to add a gathered ruffle detail to your ZW Jumper using fabric scraps.

This pattern is considered a one size garment.

Available to purchase in two formats:

*PDF Sewing Pattern. You will not receive a physical pattern, you will be emailed a link to download the pattern after purchase.

*Paper Sewing Pattern. You will receive a printed workbook measuring 20cm x 25cm. The folder is designed as a zero waste layout on A2 card which opens out to include traceable templates and a handy storage folder containing the instruction booklets for both the sewing and cutting steps.


The pattern comes with tips to adjust the sleeve circumference for extended sizes as well as well as a hack to make a smaller jumper size with a narrower fabric. Techniques used include attaching ribbing, attaching neck facing and attaching binding.

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: Suitable for woven and knit fabrics, this jumper works well in mid to heavy weight sweatshirt fabric as well as lighter weight jersey fabric.

Fabric Requirements:

Recommended width

  • 145 - 175cm

Recommended yardage

  • 80cm - This gives a finished garment length of 60cm when worn. To adjust the length you will need to also adjust your fabric usage. Instructions on how to do this are included in the pattern.


  • All views: 4cm x 32cm cotton bias binding
  • Views 1 & 2: 8cm x 43cm ribbing for neck
  • View 2: 16cm x 20cm ribbing for sleeves

Size Chart

This pattern is considered a one size garment. The finished garment size is determined by the fabric width and the pattern is suitable for widths between 145-175cm. The size chart shows the MAXIMUM hip size suitable for each fabric width and includes a generous amount of ease.

Max Hip Circumference

  • Fabric Width 145cm = 115cm
  • Fabric Width 150cm = 120cm
  • Fabric Width 155cm = 125cm
  • Fabric Width 160cm = 130cm
  • Fabric Width 165cm = 135cm
  • Fabric Width 170cm = 140cm
  • Fabric Width 175cm = 145cm

Please refer to the Size Chart in the images 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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