Designing Fashionable and Functional Baby Apparel


Designing Fashionable and Functional Baby Apparel
Students Natalie Gama and Nicole Marquiss talk with RN Deana Kuhlman about the baby items.
Dr. Muditha Senanayake's apparel production class created and donated baby apparel and accessories to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center.

Students in Dr. Muditha Senanayake's apparel production class have had babies on their mind throughout fall quarter.

For the past 10 weeks, the Apparel Merchandising & Management students designed and manufactured several newborn apparel and accessories. On Dec. 11, they donated nearly 40 gift sets to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit through the volunteer department at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. The pink and blue sets include baby slings, hats with ear flaps, hooded blankets and portable diaper changing stations with waterproof fabric.

Registered Nurse Deana Kuhlman said the baby slings are especially useful in helping mothers and their babies bond. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit will distribute the items to families with need.

“I let students decide what kind of item they wanted to make,” Senanayake said. “The expectation is you learn apparel production at the same time you do a community service.”

During the quarter, the 18 students designed the original items and manufactured them in a factory production line setting. Students made the accessories in two sizes — for premature and normal size infants.

Senanayake's previous class also created and donated similar items for newborns at Pomona Valley Hospital. During spring quarter 2008, students made mittens, hooded blankets/towels, baby sacks and quillows (a combination of a quilt and pillow).