Experiments with zero waste recycled clothing – Design 1: skirt

For this experiment, I wanted to play around with creating garments on the stand without cutting or unpicking any of the original garments. So that, in theory, these designs could be unpicked and the original garments would remain fully intact, albeit with some stitching holes!

For these experiments I worked with between one and three men’s shirts.

This design uses three shirts, partially buttoned together, and all upside down. The design was pleated at the waist (except for around the front, which I wanted to keep relatively flat). The shirt sleeves were fed inside the shirt, and used like a tape to anchor the skirt gathers to create volume and shape.

 

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