Creative Design: Undergraduate

Waste Not: Zero Waste Coat with Alligator Collar

  • Susan Lindrew (Louisiana State University)
  • Casey R. Stannard (Louisiana State University)


The goal of this project was to apply the zero waste (ZW) experimental patternmaking technique to utilize dimensional parts of the alligator hide and create a visually pleasing design. Traditional patternmaking techniques typically involve flat patterns and flat fabric.Because the legs of the alligator are three-dimensional, they do not lie flat,so they are not easily utilized with traditional patternmaking techniques. The result is that the legs, a large percentage of the alligator hide, are often discarded. This design is an oversized cardigan-style camel-colored 100% wool Melton coat with a wide dark brown alligator collar and vertical alligator gusset at the center back. Smaller pieces of the hide were used to make a knot button and a patchwork belt. The leg sections of the hide were used to create a ruffle effect that makes the collar a focal point of the garment.

Keywords: zero waste, alligator, sustainability

How to Cite:

Lindrew, S. & Stannard, C. R., (2024) “Waste Not: Zero Waste Coat with Alligator Collar”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 80(1). doi:



Published on
24 Jan 2024
Peer Reviewed