BIRGITTA HELMERSSON ∙ Zero Waste Tie Top PDF Sewing Pattern

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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 pattern pieces to print out and tape together.

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 all the fabric is used. With the exception of some small templates, there are no large pattern pieces to print out. The cutting plan/templates document for the ZW Tie Top sewing pattern requires printing of 5-6 pages in A4/US Letter Paper. 

The Zero Waste (ZW) Tie Top Sewing Pattern, designed by Birgitta Helmersson, has 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. 

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. 

Sizes ∙ EU 36 - 52

Skill level • Suitable for advanced beginners.

Suggested fabrics • Ideal 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.

Fabric requirements (recommended fabric width 130cm - 155cm) ∙ 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.

SIZE 1 ∙ View 1: 100cm  / View 2: 120cm  / View 3: 55cm /  View 4: 135cm 

SIZE 2 ∙ View 1: 120cm / View 2: 140cm / View 3: 80cm / View 4: 155cm 

Trims needed • matching thread / View 3: 2 X 18mm buttons

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 sewing 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 sewing 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: Without having to print full scale paper patterns for all pieces you save on a lot of paper, and you will have little to no fabric waste during the cutting and sewing process!

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