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Suit of the Youth: ‘Intentional Pattern-Making’ Proof of Concept for Repurposing Apparel

  • Rachel Eike orcid logo (Iowa State University)


The rate of apparel consumption and disposal has increased over recent years, resulting in an abundance of functional unwanted clothing, much of which ends in landfills. Transforming unwanted goods gives renewed value to these products and is one solution for diverting textile waste. The purpose of this design was to trial the 'repurposing design process' in order to suggest recommendations for continued research. The repurposing level focused in Suit of the Youth was intentional pattern-making, which involves deconstructing a garment and developing new patterns that are purposefully drafted and cut to utilize available fabric to ultimately produce a minimal waste new design. Original materials included a men's suit jacket and slacks. Silhouette inspiration was influenced by activewear and patterns were created and placed to feature original garment components such as pockets and belt loops. Control of excess material was addressed through pleats, flanges, and darts. 

Keywords: RepurposingIntentional Pattern-making, Intentional Pattern-making, Repurposing

How to Cite:

Eike, R., (2019) “Suit of the Youth: ‘Intentional Pattern-Making’ Proof of Concept for Repurposing Apparel”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 76(1). doi:

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Published on
15 Dec 2019