Apparel and Textile Design Projects
My apparel design projects often focus around 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 novel swimming-related garments, formal clothing made to fit swimmers' bodies, and upcycled training swimsuits. 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.
"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.
Breathing Room Beach Collection
"Breathing Room" is my collection of clothing designed specifically to fit the body proportions of female swimmers. For this part of the collection, I made lightweight activewear that it easy to layer if the weather changes and is ideal for the beach or other outdoor activities. I chose soft knits that dry quickly, sand does not cling to, and are comfortable to wear while lounging or being active.
Breathing Room Business Apparel
I expanded my "Breathing Room" collection (clothing made specifically to fit the wide shoulders and muscular bodies of female swimmers) to include business clothes for professional environments.
Comfy & Casual: Spring 2021 Collection
This spring collection features bright colors based off of the 2021 color palette. The collection includes lightweight knit shirts, tanks, shorts, and skirts for warm weather, and fleece jackets and shorts for cooler weather. I incorporated color-blocking, citrus and floral prints, and diagonal lines.
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 either crocheting a tube or by crocheting a rectangle, then give it some twists or connect sides with a seam in order to create 3D shapes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Miscellaneous Fashion Design
I designed various garments for practice sewing and pattern making. 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.
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.
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.
Ties, Dyes, and Tie-Dye: Summer 2021 Collection
This casual summer collection includes clothes with ties, natural dyes, and tie-dye techniques. I sewed these clothes and hand-dyed each piece using Shibori techniques.