Creative Design: Graduate

What's The Angle?

  • Dawn M. Michaelson (Auburn University)


Zero waste design (ZWD) challenges designers to creatively make apparel by eliminating all fabric waste. Due to limited research on ZWD production, this project goal was to make a ZWD ensemble and compare production times to non-ZWD apparel. The coat required four half-scale versions before full utilization was achieved. The final version used both sides of the fabric, an applique at the center back, a pleated collar, and eight intercepting shoulder seams. The dress is a simplistic style due to the complexity of the coat and used rectangular squares with twelve darts for contouring. Analysis of production time found the ZWD coat had a 180% increase and the dress a 57.5% increase when compared to a similar non-ZWD style. Additional research in ZWD versus non-ZWD apparel production times needs to be done to see if ZWD apparel consistently requires additional production time.

How to Cite:

Michaelson, D. M., (2016) “What's The Angle?”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 73(1).

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Published on
10 Nov 2016
Peer Reviewed