Zero Waste Fashion has become a "thing" in the last few years, but what does it mean exactly?
Zero Waste dwells at the intersection of many eco friendly practices briefly outlined in a great series of articles on Seamwork Magazine's site. Some of these concepts are mentioned below; cutting, scraps as design elements and using previously manufactured items.
If you Google around you'll find fashion designers whom cleverly design patterns so as to cut fabric in ways that don't discard a millimeter of yardage. Holly McQuillan's work is a great example of this:
Here she shows how to lay out pattern pieces for several garments in a very complex and effective way.
Another part of the concept is designing with scraps from the fabric & fashion industry - my favorite example of this is Zero Waste Daniel whom works and manufacturers in Brooklyn.
Zero Waste Fashion also includes up cycling which is where we come in. Finding beauty in a (re)useful piece of fabric from a discarded t shirt, sweater or pair of jeans is the absolute foundation of Jag & Nevie.
After using large chunks of a garment I incorporate the small leftover pieces as appliqués, fringe, patches, ribbons, what have you. The studio is overwhelmed with bags & tubs of scraps waiting for their new incarnation;-)
|APPLIQUÉS; FLAT & 3-D|
|FRINGE: T SHIRT FABRIC & CASHMERE|
I am so excited every time I find a way to salvage a special texture like sleeve ribbing or a waist band.
|SLEEVE RIBBING: CASHMERE HATS|
|JEANS: HEM AND INSEAM; T SHIRTS (made into a tote bag)|
|WAISTBAND PILFED FROM A PAIR OF SHRUNKEN BOXERS:-0|