Adventures in Adaptive Clothing|
I recently began thinking about how to dress a person who has very limited movement. While
compliance with the ADA has generated a lot of information about people in wheelchairs there
still isn't much information on clothing the people within, especially if they can't move well.|
This page outlines the work I've done to create comfortable garments for a 65 year old man with MS. He recently fell and broke his hip. While he can stand he is not able to lift his legs off the ground. He needs clothing that can be draped around him.
Accessible Clothing Resources:
I'd like to give a shout-out to my father's wife who makes AMAZING accessible costumes.
Attention sewing pattern companies! The sewing community is calling for sewing patterns adapted to wheelchair users. You're missing a market here!
For those crafty enough to go without a pattern:
Useful clothing tips for selecting comfortable clothing is available here.
University of Colorado's useful sewing suggestions.
Irish sewing and clothing tips and suggestions for adaptive clothing.
Mississippi State Univerity's suggestions.
An article on Wheelchair Fashion.
Some free patterns (no clothing): Wheelchair blanket
Shirt protector (adult bib)
Some other lists of resources: