Zero Waste top

Ida Damgaard Andersen
26 Apr 2017
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On exchange at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, I attended "World Fashion" class, Here the students were introduced to dress from all continents, from the earliest documented dress forms over colonialist times and how each continent has contributed to fashion across the world.

By studying the first textile garments through history I realised they had a lot in common. All continents’ garment making methods consider the use of precious textiles and different dress on each continent consists of a zero waste pattern construction.
Parkas in North Amerika, huipils and ponchos in Central Amerika, the kimono from East Asia, saris and dhotis from India, loincloth in Egypt, kitenge, kente and the grand boubou in Africa and Roman togas, as well as shawls, veils, capes and scarfs used in every culture. The examples of garments created from squared pieces of textile are plenty.

I created an artefact for this class, a zero waste blouse. The pattern and idea is developed by Holly McQuillan of Make/Use ( which is an open sourced project creating zero-waste patterns for the user to develop into her/his own liking. This style has been finished with French seaming, grosgrain tape in the neckline in the same colour as the selvedge, which is visible at the sleeve hem. The width of the fabric is the width of the blouse from sleeve to sleeve as well as the circumference of the body.