BIRGITTA HELMERSSON

ZERO WASTE Gather Dress • PDF Pattern

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By Birgitta Helmersson, ZW Gather Dress is a PDF sewing pattern.

File Name: ZW Gather Dress-Size ONE|Type: PDFSize: 4.8MB

File Name: ZW Gather Dress-Size TWO|Type: PDF|Size: 8.3MB  

Please note: This PDF sewing pattern uses zero waste pattern cutting and comprises of instructions to draw shapes directly onto your fabric. With the exception of some small templates, there are no large pattern pieces to print out and tape together.

Garment Details: This 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. Comes with 2 simple hack options, one of which does not require buttons or button holes.

Sizing: This is a 'one size' pattern which comes in two size ranges. Due to the zero waste nature of this pattern some design details may change between sizes.  Size ONE (EU 36 - 44) or Size TWO (EU 46 - 52) Choose your size above (ONE or TWO) and refer to our size guide for more info. Sizing and finished garment measurements can be found here.

Fabric Suggestions: 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: Size ONE - Recommended Width: 135cm-155cm (53-61 inches). Yardage required: 260cm (102 1/4 inches: approx 2.85 yards)

Size TWO - Recommended Width: 125cm-145cm (49–54 inches). Yardage required: 394.5cm (155 1/2 inches) 

Tools & trims recommended: Sewing machine, iron, chalk or dissolvable pen, scissors, large right angle ruler and/or long straight ruler.

Notions: Requires 7 buttons, approx 12mm (1/2 inch) in size. It is also optional to use a lightweight fusing for the neck band, this is only recommended for very fine fabrics.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Tutorials:  How to sew inseam pockets in the ZW Gather Dress - Updated TutorialSLEEVELESS HACKFINISHING THE UNDER-ARM NEATLYFINISHING SEAMS NEATLY(VERY) GATHERED SLEEVE HACK FOR ZW CROPPED SHIRT OR ZW GATHER DRESSHOW TO SEW FACINGS INTO THE ZW CROPPED SHIRT AND ZW GATHER DRESSHOW TO SEW THE NECK BAND ONTO THE ZW GATHER DRESS AND ZW CROPPED SHIRT

PDF Pattern/Instruction Booklet: Includes measurements in both metric (centimetres) and US imperial (inches). Booklet/Templates are printable on both A4 or US Letter Paper size. You can check the 'Table of Contents' in the PDF booklet to see which page numbers include Templates for printing.

The Method: Zero waste pattern cutting is a bit like a puzzle. It 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. We love working with this method for 3 reasons:

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Less fabric and paper waste!

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Photo credits: Birgitta Helmersson Studio

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