Apparel and Textile Design Projects

My projects often focus around one or more of the themes of swimming, upcycling, and comfort. Swimming inspired both the functional and aesthetic qualities of several projects. I was inspired to address functional needs of swimmers when I designed functional swimming-related garments, formal clothing made to fit swimmers' bodies, upcycled swimsuits, and swimwear to address injury risk factors (will include photos once my research has been published). I was inspired by the aesthetic qualities of water in my hand-dyed swimming-inspired textile collection and in my collection of formal clothing for swimmers. I also enjoy making casual athletic clothing, crocheting blankets, and designing functional apparel.

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    Arthritis Garment for Dogs

    Supportive garment with hot and cold pads for arthritis relief

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    Breathing Room

    "Breathing Room" is a fashion collection that I designed specifically to fit female swimmers. As a swimmer, it has often been hard to find clothes that fit my body properly, especially in the shoulders and across the back. This collection of formal clothing is made to fit the muscular bodies and wide shoulders of swimmers. I drafted original patterns for each fashion piece.

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    Comfy & Casual Clothing

    Personally, my favorite style is relaxed-fit clothing with simple color-blocking, diagonal lines, or plain colors. Here is a variety of comfortable, casual clothing made to be worn while lounging or being active.

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    Crocheted Blankets

    I love soft blankets! I crochet as a stress-relieving activity between races at swim meets or to keep my hands moving while watching movies, reading, or waiting around.

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    Crocheted Clothing

    I have been crocheting clothing, including tank tops, skirts, and scarves, out of yarn. I love the sculptural quality of crocheting, and how simple it is to build 3D shapes without using any patterns. I start by crocheting a rectangle, then give it some twists for shape, and connect some seams to create closures.

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    Crocheting Instruction Book

    Here is an instruction book that I made to demonstrate a basic crochet stitch. I often use this stitch for making blankets or scarves because it is simple to learn and looks nice. I taught a crochet workshop and made this book as a review/reference guide for students.

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    Digital Textile Design

    These seamless repeat textiles were designed digitally and either screen printed or printed with a digital fabric printer onto fabric

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    Fleece for the family

    Here are custom fleece jackets that I made for several family members and friends.

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    Functional Fleece Clothing

    Here is a collection of fleece jackets and hoodies featuring several different functional and aesthetic design features!

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    Hand-Painted Shirts

    These are shirts that I painted with fabric paint for family and friends. I mainly use mixtures of black, white, gold, and silver paint on colorful shirts. My favorite animal is a platypus, but I also love sea creatures. 

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    Hand-dyed upcycled bed sheet pajamas

    I sewed pajamas out of old flannel bed sheets. The elastic on the fitted sheets was too old and worn out to hold the sheets on the mattress, so I cut up the sheets and sewed pajamas. Next, I hand-dyed these in an indigo bath using the Shibori method to give them a fresh color and design.

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    Hat knitting

    In 2005, I learned how to knit hats on knitting looms in elementary school knitting club. I taught a few friends on my swim team how to knit hats, and we would knit them at swim meets while waiting around between races. We sold the hats annually as a fundraiser for our swim team for five years.

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    Indigo Shibori Dying

    Here is a collection of clothes that I dyed using the Shibori method with indigo dye.

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    Miscellaneous Fashion Design

    I designed various garments for practice sewing and pattern making.

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    Prototype of an Adjustable, Athletic Heating Brace for Multiple Joints

    This versatile brace is adjustable to fit the wrist, elbow, shoulder, knee, and ankle. It stays on during activity and stays secure during the movement of the joint.

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    Screen printed Arctic Animals

    I designed an "Arctic Animals" novelty border print, then printed the design on shirts and hand-dyed textiles. The print has walruses, narwhals, and whales.

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    Swimming apparel for staying warm and dry

    Here is a small collection of parkas designed with features for keeping the swimmer dry and warm.

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    Swimming-Inspired Textile Design

    Here is a collection of hand-dyed swimming-inspired textiles and the process book documenting the research, fabric tests, and techniques used. The motifs are based on pools tiles, symbols, such as the "T" on the bottom of the pool and the "+" target on the wall, and water. The color palette and textures are inspired by water.

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    Upcycled Swimsuits

    These suits are made from cutting up 100% polyester suits with worn-out elastic, and sewing them into new suits with new elastic.

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    Upcycled plastic clothing

    These are apparel pieces made from upcycled plastic, giving a second life to plastic grocery bags and plastic cups.

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