New Techniques and Strategies for Designing Clothes

There are new techniques and strategies for designing clothes that will replace the old approaches for the safety of the environment and social purpose.

  • Zero-waste

It is a pattern design technique that eliminates fabric waste at the design stage.   Approximately 15 to 20 percent of textiles are wasted during a garments’ design and manufacturing stages, largely due to inconsiderate pattern making. Adopting the zero-waste sustainable design techniques is good for the environment and your pocket. This approach is about knowing the textile dimensions to be able to design the garment and to source the textile.

  • Minimal Seam Construction

This technique minimizes the number of seams to sew together a garment. It is quicker and can save on materials. Also, it increases comfort and freedom of movement. The companies North Face are investing in technology that can fuse seams together without sewing.

  • Upcycling

It is known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials into new materials or products of better quality and environmental friendly.

  • Design for Disassembly

This strategy means that the product will need to be easy to assemble as well and probably will require few materials. It could help save costs and product’s environmental footprint. In addition, the components can be repaired, reused or recycled.

  • Multi-functional/transformational

This strategy is for designing products for multiple uses. In fashion, the garment could be reversible or has components that you can add or edit.

  • Design for Longevity

This approach is more like a common sense design and the choices the designer makes can impact how long the product’s life will last. The best way to keep your products from going to landfill is by designing to last, to be cared for, repaired, and  to be reused.

  • Craft Preservation

This approach is to preserve age-old craft techniques by incorporating tem to the new modern designs. It is preservation through innovation.


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