So the point of my entire design project was to develop gender neutral clothing, but also to engineer something which could be worn in a variety of ways, and as each piece is fully reversible, however you wear the garment there are always two colour options.
The jersey apron was perhaps the most effective in this capacity. For the prototype I didn’t have the time to source sustainable jersey (deadlines suck), so I went with viscose, because it’s soft and has a magnificent drape. The belt loops and belt is made from denim. This design could easily work in sustainable fabrics, such as bamboo or hemp jersey.
I may have mentioned before that I extended their versatility by using high powered magnets, which could be used to fix removable pockets, or to hold fabric edges together. Creating the look book within time constraints on a very hot bank holiday weekend, with less than 2 hours sleep, we had limited patience for changing the look every few moments, and focused on getting the main wear options committed to photograph.
Look 1: Wearing the top of the apron as a top. In this illustration it is worn without the belt, but the belt can be used to shorten the top or even to wear gather it at the hip. Jeans from this collections boiler suit.
Look 2: My long suffering husband models both the top and bottom of the apron worn as a jersey jump suit. We used the magnets to fasten the crotch hem intermittently to create a draped trouser. The trouser is tied around the waist with the removable denim belt.
Look 3: The top part of the apron worn as a dress. Now I’m a lanky beast, standing at an Amazonian 5’13’’ so, on a regular sized woman this would make a cute t-shirt dress. I’m pretty sure that my left butt cheek was visible behind me, so maybe a little short for me to wear as is, I suppose some leggings could work? Side note, the denim jacket is from the final boiler suit.
Look 4: My husband wears the same top/dress, definitely more of a T-shirt, as I’m pretty sure his whole bottom would be on full display if he tried to brave it as a dress. The cute kilt is made from the denim multi-way apron.
Look 5: Wearing the apron top as a halter neck, worn upside down, using the belt loops to tie the belt as shoulder straps. The bottom of the apron is worn as a flowing skirt, tied at the waist.
Look 6: The apron top is worn off one shoulder, and the bottom apron is worn as a flowing skirt, tied at the waist, and worn slightly off-centre.
Look 7: The apron top is worn upside down as a skirt, but can also be fashioned as shorts, using magnets to close the crotch hem. The apron bottom is worn as an oversized draped top, using magnets to close the side seams.
The possibilities really are only limited by your imagination with this garment. I’m pretty excited about trialing it in my wardrobe, to see what else it might be capable of, there are a few teething issues, but I’m pretty sure this has potential for further development in the future. Leave me a comment, let me know what you think; is there a market for this type of product?