ZERO WASTE Tie Top • PDF Pattern

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By Birgitta Helmersson, ZW Soft Blouse is a PDF sewing pattern.

File Name: ZW Tie Top|Type: ZIPSize: 6.93MB 

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.

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. 

Garment Details: The Zero Waste (ZW) Tie Top is an oversized shape with a relaxed fit and comes with a high neck and low neck option as well as 3 different garment lengths. This top features an attached neck band which turns into a tie that can be positioned at the front or back neck, as well as additional instructions on how to add side splits and adding gathers and a cuff to the sleeves. 

Sizing: The finished width of this garment is determined by the fabric width you use. There are 2 size options for this top, a size ONE and TWO with a maximum hip size of 125cm / 53". The pattern also includes additional instructions to size up further to a 155cm / 61" hip. Sizing and finished garment measurements can be found here.

Fabric Suggestions: The ZW Tie Top works great in a light - mid weight cotton or linen, as well as a mid weight silk or viscose. Both fabrics with some structure and fabrics with some drape work will work well.

Recommended Fabric Widths: 130-155cm / 51 - 61"

Yardage required

These are a guide only. The yardage requirements are different for each garment view you are working with and may change depending on if you want to make any adjustments to the lengths of the sleeves and body. Refer to the Instruction Booklet for more.


View 1: 100cm / 39"

View 2: 120cm / 47"

View 3: 55cm / 21.5"

View 4: 135cm / 53"


View 1: 120cm / 47"

View 2: 140cm / 55"

View 3: 80cm / 31.5"

View 4: 155cm / 61"

Tools & trims recommended: Garment view 3 requires x 2 buttons 18mm / 0.75" wide, matching thread, sewing machine, iron, chalk or dissolvable pen, scissors, large right angle ruler and/or long straight ruler.

Skill Level: 1.5 out of 5 - Advanced beginner. 

Tutorials:  Sewing the ZW Tie Top

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Head here for. a general tutorial on cutting using this method: Cutting a Zero Waste Garment

Techniques used: Depending on the garment view you are working some of the techniques include button holes, gathers and splits.

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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