ZW Workwear Jacket by Birgitta Helmersson

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.


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.

Available sizes: 

Size One: EU 36 – 44

Size One

*Based on using a fabric that is 145cm / 57 inch wide. You can make this top larger or smaller by choosing a fabric with a wider or narrower width.

-Length, shoulder to hem: 79cm / 31 inches

-Body Circumference: 126.5cm / 49 inches

-Sleeve length, true shoulder point to sleeve hem, approximate and measured when cuff has been rolled once: 55cm / 21 1/2 inches

-Sleeve bicep circumference: 54cm / 21 inches

-Sleeve wrist circumference: 38cm / 14 1/2 inches

-Neck opening when buttoned up: 52cm / 20 inches


Advanced beginner.


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.

Fabric requirements:

Recommended width: 135-150 cm / 53 – 59 inches

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


  • Matching thread
  • 6 x 20-25mm buttons

Zero Waste 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 does not require printing of large pattern pieces, instead you draw your pattern pieces directly onto your fabric with the aid of a cutting plan and 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: 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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