Kids grow up so fast these days. Wouldn’t it be nice to never have to buy any more clothes for kids just because they simply don’t fit anymore? Well, now you can with thanks to Ryan Yasin, a student from Imperial’s Dyson School of Design Engineering. Yasin’s creation is called Petit Pli and is designed to cut down clothing waste and save parents money while doing so.

The clothes that Yasin created can grow up to seven sizes from what they were originally and fit kids from six months to three years old. To make the garments, Ryan used an especially engineered fabric that when stretched, it expands in all directions. And, it’s not just one garment that’s on offer here, there’s a whole range of waterproof and windproof outwear available. They’re all machine washable and small enough to be folded and placed in your pocket when not in use.

With his innovative design, Yasin managed to scoop the £2,000 prize money when he won first place in the national round of the James Dyson Award. This internationally recognized design award encourages design engineers all over the globe. Now that Yasin’s has won first place in the nationals he will go on to compete in the international round with the chance to bag the £30,000 top prize. “The prize money is an added bonus, but I know how I will use it.  In addition, to supporting my R&D, it will help me form an interdisciplinary team of experts to take Petit Pli to the next level: putting it in the hands of parents worldwide, and making a tangible difference to the way we consume resources in the fashion industry,” says Yasin.

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