Iris Blouse & Dress Zero Waste Sewing Pattern
Fabric Waste Rating:
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
5 Stars - this pattern has negligible to no waste
The ultimate zero waste workhorse sewing pattern! The Iris is a blouse and dress view, both featuring the choice of a bow tie and ruffle sleeves or gathered sleeves with collar and cuff.
View 1 is a tie collar and elastic ruffle sleeve with a variable length according to the wearer.
View 2 is a gathered sleeve with cuff and collar, boasting a classic collared shirt.
Views 3 and 4 feature the same features as views 1 and 2 only with a cropped bodice and gathered skirt and inseam pockets added to create two beautiful dress views.
This pattern is meant to have a boxy fit with generous ease. If you fall between sizes we recommend sizing down if you want a practical fit, or sizing up for a more comfortable and flowy aesthetic.
Check out the hashtag #FCZWIris on Instagram to see this design on people!
Zero Waste Design:
Iris is a 100% zero-waste sewing pattern meaning no paper is used to assemble it. The pattern pieces are drawn directly onto the fabric using chalk or a marking tool according to the layout in the instructions. This method of patterning benefits the environment and your fabric stash as no paper is used and all of the specific fabric is used up leaving little to no waste. Projector files are included. Those who prefer a paper pattern can draw the pattern onto large format paper and have the pattern to use for future sewing!
Intermediate (We recommend this pattern for those who have some experience in zero waste sewing. If you do not have experience in zero waste sewing this pattern may work for an adventurous beginner.)
All Views: Four to Eight 1/2" buttons, , matching thread
Views 1 & 3: 1/2" wide elastic
Views 2 & 4: Light-medium weight interfacing, elastic cord (optional), bias tape (optional)
Light to medium weight woven fabrics are recommended for sewing the Iris Blouse & Dress.
Try sewing the Iris with cotton, linen, tencel, rayon and silk fabrics.
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Pattern Files Included:
You will receive the following files via PDF format:
- ZW Iris Blouse & Dress Sewing Instructions
- Drafting Steps & Cutting Plan files for all views
- Template files for each size for the neck drafting
- Projector Files
Small, one page templates are available to print for each size of this pattern however, besides these templates, no paper is used to assemble this pattern.
This is a digital sewing pattern, not a physical item. You will receive a digital download upon payment of the product.
Adjustments, Tutorials & Expansions for this pattern:
- Sew-A-Long Video (courtesy of Brittani Bumb) can be found HERE
- Shoulder Adjustments featured in the instructions
- (coming soon!) Adding pleats to the sleeves (as shown on blue dress)
- (coming soon!) Pocket Tutorial
I was hesitant at first because I thought "Surely it's just a series of rectangles, I can work it out on my own" but I'm really glad I bought the pattern, the precision and the amount of info make it totally worth it. I've made full button down shirts with collar stand and cuff placket and everything, but the Iris blouse looks just as polished and it's a really fun make. It's easy and just challenging enough to keep things interesting. It comes together very elegantly, the instructions and tips are very good. It does help if you've made a few garments before, mainly because the instructions give you a lot of options in terms of choosing your own finishes etc. but a motivated, meticulous beginner could totally do it. I've made two and it's becoming a firm favourite, I have more planned. The pattern pieces are so easy to cut so I'm thinking I might even attempt "difficult" slippery fabrics like silk satin, or anything where you want to highlight a bold pattern. It's really versatile! Thank you Alexis!