Zero Waste Pattern Design Workshop

Mar 27, 2023  |  11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mindful Fashion hosts Emma La Rocca, a zero-waste pattern design specialist. Emma shares her technical knowledge and expertise in innovative pattern-cutting techniques in this Introduction to Zero Waste Pattern Design workshop for the Mindful Fashion Community.

The workshop covers:

  • Illustrating pattern-making techniques and identifying the problems.

  • Suggestions on how zero waste pattern techniques can be employed.

  • Examples and strategies for making patterns and markers.

  • Cost efficiencies and statistics on fabric wastage.

  • Next steps, and how to take part in the workshop series.

This event is ideal for designers, workroom teams, pattern cutters and marker makers.

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Emma La Rocca established her zero-waste swimwear brand, Emroce in 2015 for which she continues to pattern make and sew. She considers Emroce as her laboratory for perfecting zero-waste pattern methods and business models that fast fashion brands can scale up to fit into their large companies.

Emma recently worked on a project for Decathlon, the world's largest sporting goods retailer. Decathlon is the first fast fashion company to be convinced of the economical and environmental benefits of working with zero waste patterns.

Emma has a Bachelor of fashion design from Massey University Wellington. She studied under the tutelage of Holly Mcquillan who is one of the world's leading zero-waste fashion designers. When Emma first began her studies in 2006 she was introduced to the devastating impact of the fashion industry and focused on the need to educate the general public on this issue, as consumer power is strong and through the things we buy, we decide who, what, where, when and how our products are made. Now that there is more awareness of how the fashion industry truly operates, she is focused on working directly with large fashion companies in order to have a fast and direct impact on the 60 billion square meters (minimum) of fabric that is discarded annually.