I'm a fashion student studying in Wales and I hoped to make clothing that would benefit school aged children with autism. I wanted to know what are the things you look for in particular with clothes? Are there sensory toys that help? Are there particular colours that are favoured? I also wanted to know the things to avoid with clothing. I'm making these clothes with the goal of that they'll be easy to put on/off, won't over stimulate and hoped to make them so they're calming to wear/help with sensory issues.
Awesome, thank you! :-)
Bamboo fabric is great (environmentally it's amazing compared to cotton, it's got good antibacterial properties and is soft and durable), but it's also expensive, per sq meter up to ten times similar cotton. You can stitch, but and work it in the same way as you can with cotton though.
Fleece fabric is great if it's natural, man-made fleece fabric is often heat cut when being made into garments, this melts the edge which is great in that it stops it fraying, but also makes it scratchy so if doing this make sure you use taped inner seams, specifically on the arms and cuffs where people may be wearing a T-shirt or polo shirt so their skin would be exposed to the seams.
Lonewarrior said:I feel hemmed in with tight fitting clothes, thin legged trousers a no no,
I don't like tight fitting clothes, I'd never wear skinny jeans or anything like that, but I'm a muscular/toned build so they wouldn't fit well anyway. However I do like clothes to be fitted/tailored, I really hate baggy, flappy clothes as much as I hate tight, rubbing clothes. A fitted shirt is much better than a lose and baggy one for me, the same with T-shits, polos, even jeans etc.
I used to find that big T-shirts especially (I'm an XL or XXL, but can even be an XXXL) were always especially baggy around the stomach/waist, they expected bigger people to be fat, rather than just muscular. I've since found that most skate and snowboarder brands tend to be a good fit, as to more premium brands, they tend to be tailored rather than just sacks.
I've ordered a range of organic fabric samples and I'm hoping to take them to my local secondary school to see what they think of them. :-) Thank you for the advise! I'll look into trying out those seams and thank you again for further information :-)