Undergraduate Research

Sustainable Fashion Design: How to Keep Skirts Swishier as The Environment Gets Fishier

  • Seung-Hee Lee (Southern Illinoise University)
  • Caroline Chwalisz (Southern Illinois University)


The purpose of this study was to investigate the understanding of textile-efficient pattern development for creating sustainable fashion designs. This study compared three methods of sustainable fashion design, specifically for skirts: zero-waste, geometric, and traditional A-line skirt. Textile and paper usage were tracked in a spreadsheet, and digital copies of patterns were made in Adobe Illustrator. Skirts were made from cotton muslin fabric and measured on a small dress form, with standardized waistbands.Miniature mannequins, the ratio of the mini dress form to a full-size woman is about a third, were used to create three skirts10-inches in length, one for each method. As a result, the most resource-efficient skirt-making method is the zero-waste rectangle skirt,followed by the geometric circle skirt and the standard flared A-line skirt.

Keywords: sustainable fashion design, sustainability, zero-waste skirt

How to Cite:

Lee, S. & Chwalisz, C., (2024) “Sustainable Fashion Design: How to Keep Skirts Swishier as The Environment Gets Fishier”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 80(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/itaa.17356



Published on
22 Jan 2024
Peer Reviewed