Pleated kids' clothing line grows along with kids to reduce waste (Video)
If you're a parent, then you know it can be difficult and costly to buy clothes for kids: within months, a brand new set of clothing will be outgrown and no longer fit as it should. Families might request hand-me-downs from relatives, or shop secondhand clothing, but that can take a lot of time and effort and still might not suit everyone's tastes.Or we could design kids' clothes in a different way, as Royal College of Art graduate Ryan Mario Yasin is suggesting with his new kids' clothing line. Petit Pli (literally "little fold") features a pleated system that can expand to fit as the child grows. Watch how much these clothes can expand to fit kids anywhere from 4-6 months to 36 months of age:VIDEO© Petit Pli© Petit PliDezeen/Video screen capture© Petit PliAccording to Dezeen, Yasin used his training in aeronautical engineering to come up with the pleating concept, using high-tech textiles that are ultra-lightweight, waterproof and breathable. Of course, there's a real-life story behind the design: Yasin was frustrated by the limitations of conventional clothing for children, made obvious whenever he bought clothes for his nephew -- which no longer fit by the time he came to visit.© Petit Pli© Petit PliPetit Pli's pleats allow the clothing to stretch as children go through their growth spurts. No matter the size, the pleated fabric will fit the child perfectly. The solution comes out of Yasin's familiarity with researching and designing deployable structures in the aeronautical industry, such as small satellites, which might require their carbon fibre panels to scrunch up into small spaces, and to unfold into a specific shape when deployed. Yasin explains how he adapted this concept into clothing:The structure deforms with the movement of the child, expanding and contracting in synchrony with their motion.