Any resources out there for making your own tops/bottoms re: clothes? Looking specifically for zero-waste or ultra simple patterns, not necessarily traditional looking garb.

One example is this top that is two rectangles.

Also thinking of muji-esque shirts that are highly geometric to save material and not super involved re: planning or difficult to maneuver techniques

@milofultz The problem is that sometimes simple patterns create a lot of waste. For example, this is a medieval tunic, both versions for modern wide fabric and traditional looms.

Just drawing a "T" on some modern fabric and cutting away the waste would be much more flowy, but also need more yardage.

@mhd that makes sense. I guess I'm just looking for a balancing point between the two: not so difficult/dependent on technique, and zero-waste

@milofultz Yeah, it's always a compromise. The clothing equivalent to Enzo Mari's Autoprogettazione would be pretty neat.

One problem is that this probably involves new fabric, whereas we have a lot of existing ones. And just mending shirts isn't that exciting, never mind symbolic. Something that would create a recognisable product out of e.g. old dress shirts and doesn't share the usual upcycling aesthetics…

Sign in to participate in the conversation

Revel in the marvels of the universe. We are a collective of forward-thinking individuals who strive to better ourselves and our surroundings through constant creation. We express ourselves through music, art, games, and writing. We also put great value in play. A warm welcome to any like-minded people who feel these ideals resonate with them.