Creative Design: Professional

Gradable Zero Waste Outerwear

  • Ashley Rougeaux-Burnes (Texas Tech University)


Gradable Zero Waste Outerwear was made in response to a challenge among several design researchers/educators to apply a method used to resize zero-waste garments. Carrico's (2020) grading method calls for bands of textile to be inserted at strategic seam lines to resize garments without making changes to the original pattern shapes. To test the applicability of Carrico's method, the design was first pattertend ina mid-range size and graded up and down two industry standard sizes. Additionally, this project highlighted and found a solution to an obstacle in Carrico's method: garment finishes. Traditional garment lining was not an option in this project, as it would require the use of an additional zero-waste pattern and bands, adding significantly to the construction time and cost of the garment. Answering this problem, I finished the inside of the jacket with additional bands that acted as coverings for the inserted areas.

Keywords: Sustainability, Zero-waste, Grading, Garment Finishes, Garment finishes

How to Cite:

Rougeaux-Burnes, A., (2022) “Gradable Zero Waste Outerwear”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 78(1). doi:

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Published on
20 Sep 2022