Custom sewn dress

– suitable for wheelchair users

User with dress
User with dress

Description
Red satin dress with jacket. The extra-long skirt of the dress covers the user’s feet when she sits in the wheelchair.
The jacket has extra seams in the back (photo 2) to allow room for the user to move her arms when driving the wheelchair. The cuffs on the sleeves can be turned up. The user turns up the cuffs when driving the wheelchair to prevent them from becoming dirty. When sitting at the table, the user turns them down again and it looks like an ordinary jacket.

Users comments
The user is extremely satisfied with her dress, it is comfortable and looks elegant and fashionable. She also has other jackets with the same cut.

For standard models the user recommends fashionfreaks, www.independentliving.org/fashionfreaks/ where patterns can be downloaded that are appropriate for wheelchair users (last checked July 2017).

Made by
A seamstress

Paid for by
The user

Whose idea
Seamstress and user

This tip is from 2010

Jacket with extra seams on the back
Jacket with extra seams on the back
Jacket with cuffs folded back
Jacket with cuffs folded back
Jacket but cuffs folded down
Jacket but cuffs folded down

Tipsare: Caroline

Caroline lives in an apartment and is working. She has a congenital disease (Ehlers-Danlos syndrom) which gives her fluctuating problems and pain in all her joints. Since 2000 she is using a wheelchair outdoors. She has homehelp 27 hours a month.