Creative Design: Professional

Adaptive Active – Embedding Inclusion into Activewear

  • Kristen Deanne Morris (Colorado State University)


Adaptive Active reflects the need for activewear that is inclusive of people living with disabilities and cogitates that people with disabilities are physically active individuals. The design consists of three separate activewear garments including a vest, shell, and jumper, each having features to enhance easier donning and doffing. For example, the lower half of the vest is removable for people who are in a seated position. The shoulder seam of the jumper unsnaps to create a larger armhole, and the shell secures with magnets at each shoulder. The designer used body scans of a fit model in both standing and seated positions to develop half-scale dress forms. Patterns were draped on the half-scale forms and digitized into Adobe Illustrator where the laser cut embellishments were added. The final patterns were increased to full-scale in Illustrator, laser cut, and constructed using industrial sewing techniques. The materials used in this design were ripstop nylon and polyester/spandex scuba knit.

Keywords: Adaptive apparel, half-scale, equitable use, laser cutting

How to Cite:

Morris, K. D., (2019) “Adaptive Active – Embedding Inclusion into Activewear”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 76(1). doi:

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Published on
15 Dec 2019