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Iris Blouse & Dress // A Zero Waste PDF Sewing Pattern

Iris Blouse & Dress // A Zero Waste PDF Sewing Pattern

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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. There is no paper pattern to be printed except for the neckline templates included with the pattern. 


Iris was designed to be the ultimate wardrobe workhorse pattern. With a zero waste design, this pattern leaves you with a stunning and beautifully finished garment with little to no waste leftover. 

The blouse versions feature a collar and cuff combination or a bow and ruffle sleeve combination. A button placket makes the tops simple to take off and also gives a subtle unique detail. The dress versions feature the same details as the blouse versions only the bodice stops at the waist and a gathered skirt with pockets is added.

Check out the hashtag #FCZWIris on Instagram to see this design on people!

 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


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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


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.


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)


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5 Stars - this pattern has negligible to no waste

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!

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Natalie N
Fun make

This was such a satisfying make, and I love the different styles/hacks that motivate me to try this pattern more than once. Instructions were relatively easy to follow. My only personal wish is for the neck to be narrower on the tie version, but I'll adjust that on my own.

Great and fun pattern!

This was a really fun sew. I had some silk from the thrift store and spent a lovely day making this top. It turned out beautifully. I can see myself making it many more times to try out all the versions. I was between sizes and sizes down because it was closer to my measurements and I don’t like things too oversized. I think I should have gone up as it’s a bit tight in the back as the armholes aren’t shaped. Or maybe I shaped the shoulders too much! It’s still beautiful and wearable and I’m excited to keep playing with it.

Michelle Cahill
Fantastic Pattern!

Great blouse and an easy sew. Do want to try the dress version. The width of your fabric does make a big difference so pay attention when ordering fabric. I did have to pull out a few different fabrics from my stash to find the one with correct width and length.

Jennifer Myers
So much fun to make!

I really loved making the Iris Blouse. I'd bought the fabric with a different blouse pattern in mind, for a particular "look" I had in mind (early music performance, sleek all-black ensemble). Then I saw the awesome #bhmpatterndesigners challenge, and remembered I wanted to try this pattern out. The stars aligned! Dear reader, I bought it. I used new fabric and old buttons and, arguably, an ancient mindset in clothes making, made new and modern in Alexis's design. I cut carefully (beautiful but shifty fabric), sewed lovingly, and wore the blouse in my concert with great style and comfort. Brava, Fibr & Cloth Studio!

Brenda B
Simple, elegant design

This is such a lovely blouse, a joy to make and wear. Really appreciate that it is zero waste, so there's no extra printing costs or fiddly cutting. The instructions and notes are clear and it comes together so easily. I'm a very slow maker but I this just seemed to sew itself. And the result is stunning. It's one of those few makes that people always comment on, even strangers. Thoroughly recommend.