‘My name is Franki & I am a Creative Pattern Cutter. The pattern cutter is the person who translates a fashion illustration into the physical garment.

I love exploring the possibilities of pattern cutting. That’s where Zero Waste Fashion comes in; an average of 15% of fabric is wasted each time a garment is made. So the objective of “Zero Waste” is to reduce this surplus, either by designing garments that use the whole width of the fabric or finding ways to repurpose these leftovers.

With a degree in Fine Art, a Foundation in Art Therapy and a Post Graduate Certificate in Innovative Pattern Cutting, I work as a freelance pattern cutter from my wonderful little house in the beautiful Dorset countryside.’

A Brief Introduction to ‘Zero Waste’:

Zero Waste is a concept, and idea that can be applied to many things. The act of ‘Zero Waste’ is to reduce the amount of waste we produce to a potential 0.

Many people live by this idea and aim to reduce wastage in every area of their lives, but it can also be applied to the clothing we wear. In the garment industry the magic number is 15, 15% of materials are wasted ever time a garment is made – and at the end of a garments life quite often they end up in landfill.

What can we do about this? Well some people recycle, re-purpose, re-use the garments at the end of their life – have a look at Traid Remade. Another option is to design garments that are zero waste (where the sewing pattern fills the whole of the fabric) , there are a few designers working this way, especially Holly McQuillianTimo Rissanen.

Here is a TED talk given by Leyla Acaroglu, although it’s not about the fashion industry specifically – it’s a really interesting talk to get you thinking:


Franki Campbel

Visit Franki’s website: http://www.frankicampbell.co.uk

Or contact her: 07956077588

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  1. yevgeniya A. yushkova says:

    I loved your zero waste article and wanted to say that my convertible clothing brand – YAY is also believes in Zero waste cutting of production and we even design our styles in the way we can maximize every inch on the fabric. Not only that, we create timeless garments that will have a long life cycle and will be able to convert to many different styles so you would not have to buy buy buy to throw throw throw. Great article and I hope many more designers will adapt to that philosophy as well.

    • Franki Campbell says:

      Thank you for your comments, I so glad you enjoyed the post. I agree, the future of fashion has to be more adventurous & versatile, your designs encompass this philosophy. Regards Franki

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