Waste in the garment industry has always been a problem, however recently has come to light. More and more people are beginning to acknowledge the waste affair that occurs during the creation of the garment as well as throughout the lifecycle of a garment. In majority of garment’s lifecycle, they end up going to waste and in the creation excess fabric is wasted. Due to this unfortunate truth, I accepted the challenge to attempt to produce a garment with zero-waste. I believe this is important for me as a designer to make an impact on my side of a garments lifecycle: the creation. I was originally overwhelmed with the challenge, but took the best approach I know. I turned to algebra and geometry to calculate how I would not waste any fabric. Originally the math started simple, but got more complex in my pursuit to achieve a spherical shape and including seam allowance necessary to construct the garment. This resulted in the creation of four zero-waste garments that I was unsatisfied with, however the trial and error was necessary to reach my goal. The fifth garment I had finally achieved success. I was most definitely frustrated in the midst of the challenge sewing several garments that I was not satisfied with and always having to return to my math, however all of the calculations and trial and errors proved to be worth it in the end. I can honestly say, I am more then satisfied with the outcome of the garment.
The collection created serves several purposes, and follows a merchandising plan conceived by Fashion Merchandising students at Kent State University. The merchandising plan chosen is titled: “Simple Heritage”, and heralds the use of sustainable cotton fabrics as well as U.S. manufacturing. The customer who served as inspiration for this collection is an avid traveler. The group worked to design and create looks that were not only transformable and functional, but also eco-friendly. This collection is intended for a moderately priced market, and is set for Fall 2019.