#17: What are zero waste sewing patterns?

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#17: What are zero waste sewing patterns?

Welcome to Episode 17! So whilst clothing made using zero and low waste practices is as old as clothing itself, zero waste patterns available for home sewing is a relatively new phenomena. This episode is an introduction to the topic, and I plan to build on it in the future with conversations with zero waste designers and practitioners. 

The Zero Waste Fashion Design book by Holly McQuillan and Timo Rissanen via Bookshop.org HERE.

Liz Haywood’s Zero Waste Legacy Sewing ondemand class available HERE

Check out the Zero-Waste Pattern Database for a pretty comprehensive list of all ZW sewing patterns currently available HERE.

Birgitta Helmersson HERE.

Liz Haywood’s website, The Craft of Clothes, HERE.


Elbe Textile’s ZW Maynard dress pattern HERE, plus a free robe tutorial HERE

Make/Use HERE

CrisWood Sews HERE

Thread Faction Studio, ZW patterns for children’s wear, HERE

ZeroWasteDesignOnline HERE, plus on Instagram @zwdo_collective.

The amazing resource that is the Sewcialists blog has a whole series of posts as part of a Zero-Waste theme month they hosted in February HERE

Love to Sew podcast devoted an episode to discussing various aspects of zero-waste sewing,

Episode 180: Zero Waste Sewing HERE

Previous CYT guest, Wendy Ward, has a great blog post called Zero Waste Sewing HERE

Seamwork has a fantastic blog post called ‘Zero-Waste Design: the creation of wastefree garments’, written by Jessica Yen HERE

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2 comments on “#17: What are zero waste sewing patterns?

  1. Deb says:

    Hi Zoe!

    Do you know the designer of the top in the thumbnail pic for this episode?

    Love your podcast!

    1. zoe says:

      Hi Deb,

      Thanks for your comment! So glad you’re enjoying the podcast. Yes indeed, it’s the ZW Cropped shirt pattern by Birgitta Helmersson. I love this pattern! I’ve made three versions so far, two for friends and one for myself.

      All the best
      Zoe x

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