Precious cut: a practice-based research toward zero-waste design by exploring creative pattern cutting methods and draping techniques

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dc.contributor Thompson, Amanda J.
dc.contributor Tong, Xiao
dc.contributor Meester, Donna
dc.contributor.advisor Wimberley, Virginia S.
dc.contributor.author Saeidi, Elahe
dc.date.accessioned 2017-04-26T14:23:30Z
dc.date.available 2017-04-26T14:23:30Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0002004
dc.identifier.other Saeidi_alatus_0004M_12407
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/3010
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract With the contemporary methods of fashion construction only effectively using 85 percent of fabric in a garment, 15 percent of the total fabric is left on the cutting room floor. This waste is leaving a “significant ecological footprint”. This thesis is practice-based research to explore creative pattern cutting methods and draping techniques which lead to zero-waste designed garments. This thesis also demonstrates how pre-industrial societies treated fabric as a precious source, utilizing every piece of fabric to minimize waste. The environmental and ethical impact of producing textiles and why we should avoid the wasting of fabric are discussed. Investigations of different ways that fabric waste can be eliminated in the modern fashion industry and various methodological approaches toward zero-waste are examined: Jigsaw with fixed area, Jigsaw with the full width of fabric and tessellation. A new approach, Transformational Reconstruction, which is an innovative patternmaking technique developed by a Japanese designer - Shingo Sato, is examined and tested for its usefulness for zero-waste design. This study proposes that the fashion designer and pattern-cutter can have a great influence on the amount of fabric waste and, working as a team, are capable of producing garments without fabric waste and reducing the ecological footprint of modern apparel production.
dc.format.extent 79 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Design
dc.title Precious cut: a practice-based research toward zero-waste design by exploring creative pattern cutting methods and draping techniques
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Clothing, Textiles, and Interior Design
etdms.degree.discipline Cloth Textiles Interior Design
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.S.


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