What's The Angle?

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2016-11-10
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Michaelson, Dawn
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Zero waste design (ZWD) challenges designers to creatively make apparel by eliminating all fabric waste. Due to limited research on ZWD production, this project goal was to make a ZWD ensemble and compare production times to non-ZWD apparel. The coat required four half-scale versions before full utilization was achieved. The final version used both sides of the fabric, an applique at the center back, a pleated collar, and eight intercepting shoulder seams. The dress is a simplistic style due to the complexity of the coat and used rectangular squares with twelve darts for contouring. Analysis of production time found the ZWD coat had a 180% increase and the dress a 57.5% increase when compared to a similar non-ZWD style. Additional research in ZWD versus non-ZWD apparel production times needs to be done to see if ZWD apparel consistently requires additional production time.

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