ZERO WASTE Jumper • PDF Pattern

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By Birgitta Helmersson, ZW Jumper is a PDF sewing pattern.

File Name: ZW Jumper|Type: PDF|Size: 5.09MB 

PDF SEWING PATTERN: This is a PDF sewing pattern download which includes the sewing instructions, cutting instructions and templates required to make this garment. All instructions are formatted for A4/US Letter paper and can be printed easily on a home computer. The only printing required for this pattern are the templates, all other instructions can be viewed as a PDF. 

Garment Details: The Zero Waste (ZW) Jumper has an oversized body with a curved hem and a slim sleeve making it perfect for layering. The body size and sleeve length are determined by the fabric width you use. The crew neck features a ribbed neck band, and the sleeve hem has a ribbed band attached when using narrower fabric widths. The ZW Jumper comes with tips to adjust the sleeve circumference for extended sizes, as well as a hack to make a smaller jumper size with a narrower fabric. 

Sizing:  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 / 57-69".  This size chart shows the MAXIMUM hip size suitable for each fabric width and includes a generous amount of ease. The forearm of this pattern is slim fitting and the size chart indicates the MAXIMUM forearm circumference suitable for all fabric widths, allowing for a small amount of ease. You can find tips on how to adjust the sleeve for a larger forearm measurement inside the instruction booklet. Sizing, finished garment measurements and fabric requirements can be found here.

Fabric Suggestions: The ZW Jumper is suitable for both woven's (non-stretch) and knits (stretch). This jumper works really well in a mid-heavy weight brushed cotton fleece/sweater fabric (you can often find this fabric type in quite wide widths). It also works great as a lighter weight top in a thinner jersey fabric. If you want to use a non woven fabric choose something in a light - mid weight in a fabric that has a bit of drape to it.

For the neck and sleeve band choose a cotton ribbing that has a nice amount of structure to it. 

Pre-Washing: Knit fabrics are usually better washed after sewing when using this pattern, keep in mind the length may shrink slightly after washing the first time.  You can also pre-wash fabrics, particularly if they are woven fabrics. If you do this then make sure you order slightly more fabric to account for shrinkage

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

Skill Level: Beginner

Techniques used: Attaching ribbing, attaching back neck facing, attaching binding.


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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