ZERO WASTE Workwear Jacket • PDF Pattern

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

File Name: ZW Workwear Jacket|Type: ZIPSize: 6.4MB 

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 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. 

This is an oversized workwear style jacket made using Zero Waste Pattern Cutting. It has 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.

Sizing: 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.  Sizing, finished garment measurements and fabric requirements can be found here.

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

Recommended Widths

SIZE ONE: Recommended widths: 130-155cm / 51 - 61"

Yardage required: 170cm / 67 inches ( approx 1.86 yards)

SIZE TWO: Recommended widths: 120-145cm / 47 - 57"

Yardage required: Changes based on fabric width used, see 'yardage requirements' in the images for more.

Tools & trims recommended: Sewing machine, iron, chalk or dissolvable pen, scissors, large right angle ruler and/or long straight ruler, 4-5 buttons approx 2.5cm / 1" wide & optional mid-heavy iron on woven fusing for the front facings and half the collar.

Skill Level: Advanced beginner

Techniques used: Button holes, gathers, darts, collar, side splits. 


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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