Altering patterns for wheelchair users
I’m new to this forum, but not new to sewing. I sent a question in to the Threads editors and they pointed me to Gatherings. I’m hoping you’ll be able to offer some advice.
I have a friend who is now in a wheelchair. She has lost mobility in her legs, although she is not paralyzed (she can still feel her legs). I will be doing some sewing for her, but have no experience in altering commerical patterns for wheelchair users. I’m looking for tips, suggestions, and wild ideas. Jeanne is in love with color, texture, and unconventional designs. However, the mechanics of her chair and the new limitations of her body require us to really start thinking differently about what will look stunning and still be functional.
I have contacted a person who sews pants for wheelchair users, and she’s going to sell me a pattern. This is a good start! You might be interested to know (I was!!) that this pattern is shorter in the front rise and longer in the back rise than regular pants. Of course this makes complete sense for permenant sitting. ButI would have never thought of it.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts.