5 Zero-Waste Fashion Styles : Sustainable Fashion

Zero Waste Fashion Design


Creating zero-waste clothes might seem tricky, for most patterns that sewists use on a daily basis include curved seams, hems and pieces that flare at different angles. This is makes impractical to create a layout that is loyal to the cause of generating no waste. And yet, there is an entire league of designers, that have braved up to this task, and have taken a step to create flamboyantly unique pieces.

Jigsaw Cut

UK-based designer Mark Liu, created this method which involved fitting all the small components like pockets, collars, trims et cetera on the single main fabric and cutting them like puzzle pieces to be fitted on the garment for sewing. This method involved pieces of the fabric being arranged like a jigsaw puzzle in order to eliminate waste.

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Subtraction Cut

Julian Roberts, the renowned fashion designer and academic developed the Subtraction Cut, one of the most popular zero-waste cutting techniques.  It allows the designer to work fast, without caring much for the mathematics involved and lets the form of the fabric dictate the design rather than to confine it. This pattern is not cut to present the outward shape but represents inward negative spaces reducing waste fabric.

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Cut and Drape

One of the most exploratory zero-waste cutting techniques, it’s usage has been most beautifully observed in the collections of Carlos Villami. This method involves the fluid cutting of a fabric and draping it over the silhouette. It gives the fashion designer the opportunity to create more interactive, form fitting and exquisite pieces with innovative construction.


Again, a very popular method in zero-waste fashion which involves the sewing together of geometric shapes like rectangles and triangles to create clothes that are aesthetically vibrant and different from the standard fashion items.

Incision Cut

Initiated by researchers in India, this cutting technique was started for large groups in need of an eco-efficient process. This approach created forms with minimal cutting, saving 20-30 per cent of fabric and could be wrapped around the body. It’s widest applications were seen in kurtas and churidaar salwars.

Look up : Jaspal Kalra on Incision Cutting


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