Creative Design: Professional

Spiral Into Zero-Waste

  • Colleen Moretz (West Virginia University)


The ever-increasing production and consumption of fashion has lead to an equally increased use of resources, especially fabric. Traditional garment production using the cut and sew method yields approximately a 15% fabric waste. Zero-waste fashion design addresses this concern by producing garments without fabric waste. The pattern making stage needs to be an integral part of the design process. Looking for an innovative method to provide a sustainable solution to address pre-consumer textile waste, a double spiral pattern was developed resembling a yin-yang cut apart, but leaving the square edges attached to the bottom areas of each spiral. This pattern was used in a previous skirt design and the only vision for this design was to use the same basic pattern to create a full garment with zero-waste. There was no other preconceived concept for the design outcome prior to the draping of the separated spirals onto the half-scale form.

How to Cite:

Moretz, C., (2018) “Spiral Into Zero-Waste”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 75(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 2018
Peer Reviewed