With Zero Waste sewers discover new ways of cutting garments that produce little to no scraps and also new projects for using scraps, new techniques for fitting, and overall a wonderful creative outlet. Below I have listed some thoughts, techniques, and tools, for those interested in exploring this approach further:
You can throw out almost all you think you know about conventional fitting techniques - darts, folds, tucks, pleats, have no standard placement.
Decide if you want clean and minimal or handmade and artsy
You will be working with 1, 2, or max 3 pattern pieces
Slashes are your new friend, develop a toolbox of finishing techniques for cleaning up raw edges
When fabric shopping always look for reversible/double faced fabrics - trust me. There is no right and wrong side, both sides will most likely be visible.
Hand finishing is fun!
Materials like fold over binders, tapes, ribbons, and a selection various hand sewing threads like sashiko, silk button hole twist, and #50 silk tailoring thread will be helpful.
Visible mending - and you will find lots of inspiration.
More general resources:
Much has been written on the subject of Zero Waste fashion design so that a quick internet (and especially on pinterest) search will result in many resources. In the garment manufacturing industry (which is viewed by many to be one of the most polluting) some pioneering names to know include Holly McQuillan, Julian Roberts, and Timo Rissanen. Also projects like FashionRevolution.com and MakeSmthng.org are inspiring a new generation to become more conscious of how and what we consume - in part by supporting a movement in making, repairing, and reducing.