Creative Design: Professional

Leave No Trace: Zero-waste Convertible Hiking Pants and Jacket

  • Melanie Carrico orcid logo (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)


The purpose of making Leave No Trace was twofold: to create zero-waste garments for the outdoor enthusiast, and second, to validate the application of a recently published method of grading garments to the pants. The publication showcases six different applications of the method that utilizes strategically placed bands as a means of achieving different sized garments from one zero-waste pattern. While there are different ways for a manufacturer to be “zero-waste,” my focus is on creating a pattern layout for the garment(s) that leaves no scraps behind once the garment has been cut. Most zero-waste patterned garments on the market are not offered in a range of sizes customary for their category and offering the designs in a range of sizes continues to be a barrier for bringing zero-waste patterned garments to market. The pant and jacket patterns were both developed in Browzwear’s VStitcher 3D prototyping solution. 

Keywords: zero-waste, patternmaking, grading, sustainable

How to Cite:

Carrico, M., (2022) “Leave No Trace: Zero-waste Convertible Hiking Pants and Jacket”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 79(1). doi:

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Published on
31 Dec 2022
Peer Reviewed