The infinity : Mobius band in fashion zero waste pattern cutting method : a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Design at Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand

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The textile and fashion manufacturing industry entered a period of rapid development after the Industrial Revolution and the ensuing environmental problems have become increasingly serious. Fabric waste made by both traditional industry production processes and consumer behaviour has contributed to these problems. In recent years, fashion design practitioners have looked to zero waste pattern cutting methods as a response to fabric waste issues today. This practice-led fashion design research project investigates zero waste pattern cutting using a Mobius band to eliminate fabric waste, reducing manufacturing with minimal cutting lines and extending the life of the fabric. My design process, utilising action research, begins with analysing existing zero waste pattern cutting methods and explores the Mobius band to continuously develop and generate innovative garment shapes and test feasibility in varied fabrics, size, and dimension. This creative method aims to explore the design potential for innovative diverse shapes and multiple wear possibilities to meet the individual needs of the 'new' consumer.
Figures 8 & 11 were removed for copyright reasons, but may be accessed via Townsend & Mills, 2013 (Figs 8, 7 and 6) & Swann 2002 (Fig 1) respectively.