Students in the Department of Fashion and Costume Design, Faculty of Home Economics, Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi (RMUTT) had designed and created 32 sets of children clothing using scrap fabric supported by export-import manufacturers being displayed in “Home Economics and Culture for Community Innovation” event at zpell Shopping Center, Rangsit, Pathum Thani province.
Asst. Prof. Dr. Oi-Thip Phoophat, a lecturer in the field of Textiles and Clothing, revealed that all the 32 sets of children clothing were produced and used as part of teaching and learning of child sewing techniques. Students had the opportunities to learn their classroom theories and practically applied them on pattern making design, fabric cutting and sewing technique and thus, this integrated course design had led students to get real hands-on experience. From the very first start of this project, as an owner and manager of hat manufacturer and exporter, Rocky Garment Company Limited, Mr. Prapai Luiphonwanit had courteously provided his scrap fabrics from hat production leftovers allowing the Department of Textile and Apparel to make use of these fabric for educational benefits. The materials were used as part of the students’ practical learning during their course study in order to apply their theoretical knowledge to real application. Regarding the material use, students were challenged to design and create kid’s clothing by using these scrap fabrics allowing them to understand the differences between adult cloth making and the kid one particular when the kids fashion must base their clothing trend on bright colors with real applications.
Mr. Anurak Phrompitak or “Jedi” said that kids clothing are very small in size and require high precision when making. For boys clothing, they were designed and tailored using (light blue) plaid while collars, cuffs and pants were elaborated by adding grainy fabric terrace in order to make them more fashionable and yet able to wear in all occasions. Jedi also believed that the experience of making these kids clothing could be used to apply for producing adults clothing.
Mr. Worawut Prabueng” or “Kitita” said that he had picked out lace fabric to help prettify the clothing which was in one way very suitable for the elderly. The top half of clothing was created with lining with gray fabric and adding pearl embroidery on the lace making the dress stand out. Moreover, he also believed that in case anyone who wants to build their careers in the future, opening children’s clothing store would be very ideal especially when most parents love to see their children look charming and yet many of them revealed that they wanted to purchase these clothing and thus, Kitita was glad and proud of the work.
Mr. Yothin Khongnok or “Kankaew” said that while in childhood, one thing that should be taken into account is the selection of kids clothing that should be able to reflect sibling cuteness and thus very different from the adult one that needed to reflect on modernity. Before actual patterning making, nonetheless, the designer needed to review children clothing theories before actual body measurement on little female and male models from Rajamangala Kindergarten Demonstration School. The practical work was considered as part of the hands on based teaching and learning course in early childhood education of the Faculty of Home Economics Technology, RMUTT. The challenging and yet very interesting objective was how scrap fabrics, the left-over output of hat production were used for designing and making girl clothing. In order to ornate the girl-sibling cute and modern looking apparel, techniques of draping shirt and pants hem lines were applied.
“To design and sew children’s clothing, students must consider physiology and activities of children when wearing. Regarding important component of children clothing, it could be found that (elastic) rubber has been widely used and this is because elastic rubber certainly suits children growth in terms of body comfort and fashionable clothing design pattern that can be presented as part of the fashion show. More importantly, it could be applied for real application,” Asst. Prof. Dr. Oi-Thip Phoophat concluded.