Abstract

Waste in the garment industry has always been a problem, however recently has come to light. More and more people are beginning to acknowledge the waste affair that occurs during the creation of the garment as well as throughout the lifecycle of a garment. In majority of garment’s lifecycle, they end up going to waste and in the creation excess fabric is wasted. Due to this unfortunate truth, I accepted the challenge to attempt to produce a garment with zero-waste. I believe this is important for me as a designer to make an impact on my side of a garments lifecycle: the creation. I was originally overwhelmed with the challenge, but took the best approach I know. I turned to algebra and geometry to calculate how I would not waste any fabric. Originally the math started simple, but got more complex in my pursuit to achieve a spherical shape and including seam allowance necessary to construct the garment. This resulted in the creation of four zero-waste garments that I was unsatisfied with, however the trial and error was necessary to reach my goal. The fifth garment I had finally achieved success. I was most definitely frustrated in the midst of the challenge sewing several garments that I was not satisfied with and always having to return to my math, however all of the calculations and trial and errors proved to be worth it in the end. I can honestly say, I am more then satisfied with the outcome of the garment.

Modified Abstract

Waste is a problem in the garment industry and the affair is increasingly being acknowledged. There is great waste involved in a garments lifecycle, from the creation to the abandonment. As a designer I have an influence on the creation of a garment. Due to these truths, I have accepted the challenge to design a garment with zero-waste. The concept was overwhelming, but I applied algebra and geometry to work through the challenge. My research involved trials and errors, between math and sewing. I had sewn four zero-waste garments, before achieving a style I was satisfied with. Sewing garments, I was unsatisfied with was frustrating in the midst, but oh-so worth it in the end. Now, I am more then satisfied with my final eco-chic garment.

Research Category

Art/Fashion

Author Information

Casey HoelleFollow

Primary Author's Major

Fashion Design

Mentor #1 Information

Ms. Joanne Arnett

Presentation Format

Poster

Start Date

5-4-2018 1:00 PM

Research Area

Fashion Design

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Zero-Waste: a technical challenge for a technical designer

Waste in the garment industry has always been a problem, however recently has come to light. More and more people are beginning to acknowledge the waste affair that occurs during the creation of the garment as well as throughout the lifecycle of a garment. In majority of garment’s lifecycle, they end up going to waste and in the creation excess fabric is wasted. Due to this unfortunate truth, I accepted the challenge to attempt to produce a garment with zero-waste. I believe this is important for me as a designer to make an impact on my side of a garments lifecycle: the creation. I was originally overwhelmed with the challenge, but took the best approach I know. I turned to algebra and geometry to calculate how I would not waste any fabric. Originally the math started simple, but got more complex in my pursuit to achieve a spherical shape and including seam allowance necessary to construct the garment. This resulted in the creation of four zero-waste garments that I was unsatisfied with, however the trial and error was necessary to reach my goal. The fifth garment I had finally achieved success. I was most definitely frustrated in the midst of the challenge sewing several garments that I was not satisfied with and always having to return to my math, however all of the calculations and trial and errors proved to be worth it in the end. I can honestly say, I am more then satisfied with the outcome of the garment.