Ryan Yasin, 24, has engineered a material which would allow garments to grow up to six sizes - saving parents thousands of pounds every time their child has a growth spurt.
After buying his young nephew clothes labeled for his age, and discovering that the baby had already grown too big for them, Mr Yasin realized how frustrating clothes-buying was for parents.
Through his engineering degree, he was aware of structures in certain fabrics which can become wider and longer when pulled, unlike normal material such as a rubber band which gets thinner.
He managed to capture this property’s effects through pleating the material and heating it to seal it – making his prototype clothing washproof, waterproof and even ‘crumb proof’.
The garment – which is due to be released on to the market shortly – currently promises to fit any child from the age of six to 36 months.
Mr Yasin’s efforts awarded him the national James Dyson Award, the design prize inspired by Sir James Dyson, the British inventor.
Children grow seven sizes in their first two years, and on an average, British parents spend over £2,000 on clothing before their child reaches the age of three.
As well as saving parents cost and hassle, Mr Yasin said he was concerned about the consequences of mass production of garments on the environment, with 30,000 tonnes of household clothing being binned in the last year alone.
As such, the clothing, which is currently an outerwear garment, is fully recyclable as well as allowing for a range of colors and patterns.
The clothing design is in the final stages of prototyping and will soon be on the production line.
Mr Yasin says the clothing would be ‘competitively priced’ and save parents money in the long run, costing tens or hundreds, not thousands of pounds.
He now wants to expand the range for clothing for various ages of children. For example, one garment for a child from the age of two to five years - or six months to three years.