Designer Lucy Jones' clothes allow paraplegics to dress themselves and move more comfortably

Advantage Blocks is a manual by Parsons student Lucy Jones meant to let people make clothes for people who are bound to a wheelchair or have physical disabilities.

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The clothing patterns takes into account the changes in body shape when it is seated, departing form the usual design process which is made for the standing human body, and have unique features that make them easier to change into.

A “block” is the most basic pattern for clothing where many designs can be derived from. The Advantage Block is unique in that it is created with measurements from a seated individual. When a person is seated, body dimensions can change dramatically. For example, arms on the sides are of a different length and circumference than when they bent on armrests. When seated, knees are also kept permanently bent, a form many pants are not built for which, like tight sleeves, can cause discomfort.

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