Creative Design: Undergraduate

Comme un Diamant

  • Katya Roelse (University of Delaware)
  • Sarah Buoni (University of Delaware)


The purpose of this design was to create a zero-waste dress that uses an entire bolt of fabric while remaining aesthetically pleasing to modern fashion tastes. As much as 15% of a bolt of fabric is wasted in modern pattern making (Rissanen, 2013) making zero-waste clothing an attractive alternative. Currently, common methods of zero-waste design often create baggy, loose garments. While this is still a useful utilization of the entire cloth, a large silhouette is not always desired. Body-conscious looks are a perennial trend (WGSN, 2017), and I wanted to find a way to create that whilst still wasting as little fabric as possible. To do this, I turned to methods populating fashion history. Many cultures in history have found ways to make beautiful, cinched garments while wasting as little fabric as possible, so I researched these techniques to find skills I could apply to a modern garment.

Keywords: zero waste, surface design, fabric manipulation, Sustainability

How to Cite:

Roelse, K. & Buoni, S., (2024) “Comme un Diamant”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 80(1). doi:



Published on
23 Jan 2024
Peer Reviewed