Last week’s Wearing a square jacket has caused me to think about the concept of sustainable and zero waste fashion.
I’m reading A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion by Alison Gwilt (library), and Shaping Sustainable Fashion edited by Alison Gwilt and Timo Rissanen (lent by my fashion designer friend Chiggy Schiller). I’ve just ordered Zero Waste Fashion by Holly McQuillan and Timo Rissanen.
The part that interests me most of sustainable fashion design is zero waste. It’s cutting out a garment without any scraps, using every part of the fabric so none is wasted. This isn’t a new thing; lots of folk and traditional clothes do it, for example kimonos, ponchos, caftans, saris, sarongs, and kilts. Even if the garment uses a great deal of fabric, like a sari, there isn’t any actual waste.
Here are some more examples:
These kind of patternmaking challenges I find tremendously interesting and stimulating; they appeal to the core of why I became a patternmaker in the first place. Hoping to try out a few zero waste garments very soon.
Update: The book Zero Waste Fashion has arrived. Read my review of it here.