University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
School of Architecture College of Design

Falling Water

M. Jo Kallal, Faculty
U of DE, Newark, DE

I wanted to produce a wearable garment design with zero fabric waste by integrating several alternative approaches to designing, cutting and assembling apparel. Rather than modify common pattern shapes, the strategy applied to create Falling Water was to break away from traditional patternmaking in an attempt to begin afresh.

A Hokusai-like “wave” similar to those depicted in Japanese waterfalls was playfully cut from folded paper. Test draping copies of the wave shape on a half-scale dress form suggested a stronger relationship with body contours than anticipated. With the exception of a hidden zipper the suit is assembled via needle felting. The dry felting technique subtly emphasizes structural elements – seams that can disappear in textured bouclé and provide enough body to support design details.

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