Abstract

The fashion industry has long since been guilty of having a negative impact on the environment. One such issue is the generation of textile waste during production. In traditional pattern making and fabric cutting approach up to 15 percent of fabric is wasted, which if not recycled ends up in landfills. Zero-waste cutting is a concept that allows fashion corporations to focus on sustainability as a design approach whereby no fabric is wasted during production. Minimal cut, tessellation and jigsaw cutting are some techniques to achieve zero-waste. My challenge was to design an active athletic apparel, suitable for running, but utilizing zero-waste methods. By using jigsaw cutting less than two percent fabric purchased was wasted. The result was a three-piece athletic outfit comprising of a t-shirt, sports bra, and leggings. Combining functionality with visual appeal, I designed an orchid motif which I laser-cut into the razorback of the sports bra to add breathability. The same motif was also printed on the front of the t-shirt and the side of the leggings. Side pockets on the sports bra was designed to hold keys or identification and a large, zippered pocket on the back of the leggings to hold a phone or a snack while running. This project is unique and much research is done combining zero-waste cutting with active sportswear. As a runner myself, making something that was practical for a runner was important to me and as a designer I wanted to combine aesthetic appeal with functionality and sustainability.

Modified Abstract

The fashion industry has long since been guilty of having a negative impact on the environment. One such issue is the generation of textile waste during production. In traditional pattern making and fabric cutting approach up to 15 percent of fabric is wasted, which if not recycled ends up in landfills. Zero-waste cutting is a design approach focused on sustainability where no fabric is wasted during production. My challenge was to design a wearable and practical athletic apparel, suitable for running, but utilizing zero-waste methods. The result was a three-piece athletic outfit comprising of a t-shirt, sports bra, and leggings combining aesthetic appeal, functionality, and sustainability. This project is unique and much research is done combining zero-waste cutting with active sportswear.

Research Category

Art/Fashion

Author Information

Morgan ManuelFollow

Primary Author's Major

Fashion Design

Mentor #1 Information

Ms. Archana Mehta

Presentation Format

Poster

Start Date

21-3-2017 1:00 PM

Research Area

Fashion Design

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Mar 21st, 1:00 PM

Minimal Waste Athletic Wear

The fashion industry has long since been guilty of having a negative impact on the environment. One such issue is the generation of textile waste during production. In traditional pattern making and fabric cutting approach up to 15 percent of fabric is wasted, which if not recycled ends up in landfills. Zero-waste cutting is a concept that allows fashion corporations to focus on sustainability as a design approach whereby no fabric is wasted during production. Minimal cut, tessellation and jigsaw cutting are some techniques to achieve zero-waste. My challenge was to design an active athletic apparel, suitable for running, but utilizing zero-waste methods. By using jigsaw cutting less than two percent fabric purchased was wasted. The result was a three-piece athletic outfit comprising of a t-shirt, sports bra, and leggings. Combining functionality with visual appeal, I designed an orchid motif which I laser-cut into the razorback of the sports bra to add breathability. The same motif was also printed on the front of the t-shirt and the side of the leggings. Side pockets on the sports bra was designed to hold keys or identification and a large, zippered pocket on the back of the leggings to hold a phone or a snack while running. This project is unique and much research is done combining zero-waste cutting with active sportswear. As a runner myself, making something that was practical for a runner was important to me and as a designer I wanted to combine aesthetic appeal with functionality and sustainability.