Subtraction Pattern Cutting

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CAD: Pattern making, digitising & markers in textiles

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Julian Roberts developed subtraction pattern cutting as a very different method of creating garments. This methods makes use of the negative spaces and creates garments that are unusual and innovative. Roberts has created a free PDF of his book ‘Free Cutting’. The free download and more about Julian Roberts and his pattern cutting methods can be seen here



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  • Nike’s Atsuma sneaker uses the concept of negative pattern cutting (also known as subtraction pattern cutting and zero waste pattern cutting) to reduce waste. When a shape is cut out of the material the aim is to also find a use for waste material in the design of the sneaker. This approach is part of Nike's ‘Move to Zero’ focus on sustainability.


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