Creative Design: Professional

Gradable Puffer Vest: An Investigation into Zero-Waste Outerwear for Mass Production

  • Ashley Rougeaux-Burnes (Texas Tech University)


Gradable Puffer Vest builds on previous research utilizing the Carrico Zero-waste Banded Grading (CZWBG) method, a technique used to achieve a range of garment sizes using a single zero-waste pattern. As part of Phase III of the project, this garment meets the three criteria identified by the research group to ensure ease and efficiency of production. 1) Patterns have stationary notches that do not move between sizes, 2) gathers and/or pleats do not change depth between sizes, and 3) to avoid confusion on the finished shape of pattern pieces, bands do not end on a corner. In addition to these criteria, grainline integrity was achieved through the strategic design and placement of zero-waste pieces. This waterproof reversible zero-waste garment accomplishes the goal of creating a marketable, sustainably designed piece ready for mass production. 

Keywords: sustainability, zero-waste, grading, patternmaking

How to Cite:

Rougeaux-Burnes, A., (2024) “Gradable Puffer Vest: An Investigation into Zero-Waste Outerwear for Mass Production”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 80(1). doi:



Published on
27 Jan 2024
Peer Reviewed