Creative Design: Professional

Wrangled Up: Repurposing Level 4 ‘Intentionally Patterned’ Size Adjustable Girls’ Utility Dress

  • Rachel Jean Eike orcid logo (Iowa State University)


Wrangled Up is an experimental design that employed intentional patternmaking techniques of the 'Repurposing Design Process' to create a size adjustable childrenswear outfit from a pair of damaged and discarded men's Wrangler slacks. Working within the existing shapes of the original slacks, a girl's dress that features a utility-style tubular silhouette with raglan sleeves and a mandarin collar was developed to fit children sizes 8, 10, and 12, respectively. Tessellation, a zero-waste pattern cutting technique, was used to develop a honeycomb ratch from small pieces of remaining textiles to repair the damaged area on the original product. Through repurposing and size-adjustable design approaches Wrangled Up provided a creative solution for fashion overconsumption and landfilled textile waste while contributing to the body of knowledge of sustainable design that has the potential to be practiced by consumers or professionals for creative design fulfillment and design scholarship.

Keywords: Intentional patternmaking, size adjustability, sustainability

How to Cite:

Eike, R. J., (2022) “Wrangled Up: Repurposing Level 4 ‘Intentionally Patterned’ Size Adjustable Girls’ Utility Dress”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 78(1). doi:

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Published on
23 Sep 2022
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