Yay! It’s finished! Introducing the Sawyer Hoodie

zero waste Sawyer hoodie

Hey, it’s finally done! A new zero waste pattern. Thanks for reading each week as the project unfolded.

The pattern is now in my shop – please enjoy 25% off until the end of September.

The Sawyer hoodie comes in 12 sizes, from an 87cm/34″ bust/chest to a 142cm/56″. Making multiple sizes has has been the most challenging part of this pattern and there are subtle variations of styling between each size. The top is suitable for men or women.

It’s designed for 112cm/44″ wide woven fabrics such as chambray, quilting cotton, flannelette and linen. It is possible to make this top in a knit fabric, as we saw last week, however it might be low waste rather than zero waste.

The top has built-in underarm gussets for comfort, shoulder reinforcement, a front pouch pocket and of course a hood.

It’s a fairly roomy fit, with 26cm/10.25″ ease.

As with my other patterns, the pattern pieces are drawn straight onto the fabric, so there’s nothing to print out and tape together. You can even leave the instructions on your device/tablet so that it’s totally paperless.

Zero waste Sawyer hoodie front and back sketch

It has a bit of a fisherman’s smock vibe (like this, this and this), a bit of playing-basketball-until-it’s-too-dark-to-see, a bit of beachside holiday, a bit of walking-your-dog and a bit of wearing-at-home.

I chose the name Sawyer because it’s a boy-or-girl name and this top can be worn by men or women. The name apparently means “person who cuts wood” and as this top works well in checked fabrics and lumberjacks traditionally wear plaid, I thought it was suitable. One also thinks of the fictional character Tom Sawyer, and according to the baby name websites, it’s the new up-and-coming gender-neutral baby name (so maybe I’m ahead of a trend!).

Here’s the full week-by-week story:

Week 1, where I had an idea for this top in my sketchbook and tested its potential.

Week 2, showing a sewn-up prototype and a few thoughts on how to create multiple sizes. I also found some fabrics to sew photography samples.

Week 3, showing the results of a busy week of sample sewing.

Week 4, working on the pattern’s instructions and drawing, drawing, drawing.

Week 5, it’s photography week!

Week 6, showing this top made in a knit fabric.


Update: take a look at Sue Stoney’s top on her blog. Sew Andrew made one in linen. @zoetemeyer made one in linen for her husband with long sleeves. Mainelymenswear used indigo dyed fabric for his. Esther used two fabrics and made hers like a sweater.


  1. Sue Stoney on August 31, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    I really like the versatility in the looks of this. It doesn’t look like a shapeless zero waste top.

    • lizhaywood on August 31, 2020 at 3:54 pm

      Thanks Sue 🙂

      • Lynne Vann on September 9, 2020 at 1:33 am

        Can it be made long sleeved by extending the sleeve and doing an elastic cuff??

      • lizhaywood on September 9, 2020 at 8:25 am

        You could extend the sleeve by adding extra fabric, but the body/sleeve is in one and extends the width of the fabric (the ends of the sleeves are selvedges). SewAndrew made one with wider fabric and had longer sleeves here.

  2. Kim on August 31, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    It’s a triumph Liz. I’m sure zero waste is the way to go, and you’ve proved with this that the results are very appealing.

    • lizhaywood on August 31, 2020 at 4:38 pm

      Thanks Kim!
      The size range on this pattern has made it one of the most challenging I’ve done – but we got there!

    • Jill on August 31, 2020 at 4:54 pm

      I love what you have created Liz! Well done on your achievements with Zero Waste. I’m sure you are an inspiration to many.

      • lizhaywood on August 31, 2020 at 5:47 pm

        Cheers Jill, thanks for being an awesome model!

  3. Julie on August 31, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    Thanks Liz
    Being able to follow the creative journey of Sawyer gave me a whole new appreciation of what goes into the process. Amazing! And the end result speaks for itself.

    • lizhaywood on September 1, 2020 at 8:42 am

      Thanks Julie, and thank you for following along with it 🙂

  4. Barkat on September 1, 2020 at 2:16 am

    Very nice

    • lizhaywood on September 1, 2020 at 8:54 am


  5. rajkkhoja on September 1, 2020 at 2:20 am

    Wonderful design. Nice post

    • lizhaywood on September 1, 2020 at 8:44 am

      Many thanks 🙂

  6. Tina Yang on September 6, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    Thanks for explaining the whole process. Very interesting.

    • lizhaywood on September 6, 2020 at 6:46 pm

      Thank you sew much for reading 🙂

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