Birgitta Helmersson

Birgitta Helmersson - ZW Soft Blouse PDF


  • Description
  • Sizing
  • Requirements
  • *Please note you will not receive a physical pattern, you will receive a zip file download. When you purchase the item you will be sent a link to download the files

    Method: This zero waste pattern is a downloadable PDF Instruction booklet. It is designed to be drawn directly onto your fabric by using small templates which you can make yourself, or print easily on a home printer. You draw your garment pieces directly onto your fabric by following the step by step instructions. Pieces are broken up into simple blocks which can be modified easily to change lengths, add/remove different design elements and accommodate changing fabric widths.


    This is an oversized top made using Zero Waste Pattern Cutting. It has a dropped shoulder and comes with 2 sleeve options, a gathered and twisted double layer sleeve, or a long sleeve with a gathered and elasticated wrist. The front has side bust darts for shaping. The neckline is a minimal crew neck finished with a back bind and a split with loop and button at the centre back to close.

    This pattern also comes with 2 hack options, a sleeveless top with darts on the shoulder for shaping and a dress with V-neck front, side pockets and gathered skirt. All pattern options in this book are easily mixed and matched.

    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.

    Fabric recommendations:

    This style works beautifully in a woven fabric, approximately 80-160gsm in a light weight linen, cotton, silk or viscose. The twisted sleeve with gathers into the armhole can become quite bulky if the fabric is too this so be mindful of this when choosing something. 

    This pattern also uses a contrast fabric for the back binding, see Notions below for more.

    Sewing level: Advanced Beginner

  • Comes with 3 size options included within the one pattern booklet:

    EU 36/38/40

    EU 42/44/46

    EU 48/50/52

    All sizes options are included in the one pattern. The ZW Soft Blouse is easy to grade up or down in sizing and each one can be modified easily to suit your needs.

  • Recommended widths by size:

    EU 36/38/40 : 110 - 145cm / 43 - 57 inches

    EU 42/44/46 : 125 - 145cm / 49 - 57 inches

    EU 48/50/52 : 135 - 155cm / 53 - 61 inches

    Recommended yardage by size and sleeve option:

    EU 36/38/40 :Twisted Sleeve (Option C): 140cm / 54 1/2 inch, Long Sleeve (Option D): 126cm / 50 inch

    EU 42/44/46 :Twisted Sleeve (Option C): 140cm / 55 inch, Long Sleeve (Option D): 139cm / 54 1/2 inch

    EU 48/50/52 :Twisted Sleeve (Option C): 140cm / 56 inch, Long Sleeve (Option D): 152cm / 60 1/2 inch


    1 button approx 10mm-12mm / 1/2 inch wide

    75 - 85cm / 29 1/2 - 33 1/2 inch length of lightweight binding/bias strip, in a 30mm / 1 1/8 inch width. You can cut your own using an off-cut or contrast fabric, if cutting your own you will need a length of fabric approx 50cm / 19 inch in order to cut a long enough strip on the bias. If cutting your own consider cutting as many strips as you can from the same length of fabric and save for future projects where binding is required. If you are purchasing ready cut binding on a roll by the metre make sure you choose something that is light weight. Templates are provided for cutting your binding and are different for each size.