Edinburgh student designs bodysuit to support insulin pump users
A product design student from Edinburgh Napier university has created a bodysuit that aims to make it easier for women affected by type one diabetes to wear an insulin pump with any type of clothing.
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Katarzyna Pohorecka has developed ‘Mude’ - a range of six nude-coloured bodysuits that contain a specially designed pouch that discreetly holds an insulin pump.
The work – which is being exhibited this week as part of the university’s online degree show – has been created after a gap in the market was identified for a product that allowed female insulin pump users to wear their pump under their clothes.
The range has been completely designed and sewn by Kat and comes in six different colours and in sizes XS to XXL.
She was inspired to create the range of bodysuits which can also be worn as an individual item of clothing rather than as underwear after her research showed that women regularly have issues wearing certain types of clothing while using an insulin pump.
Kat said: “My best friend has type one diabetes and she can’t wear certain items of clothing because they are just not compatible with her insulin pump.
“I started researching this area and I found that despite there being some accessories to help with wearing an insulin pump, there was nothing specifically made with comfort and discreetness in mind.
“Mude – which takes its names from the word miód which is Polish for honey and nude which reflects the colours I have used – has been designed with these two aspects in mind. I wanted to create something that allowed women to wear any item of clothing along with their insulin pump.
“I’ve always been a believer that clothing should be doing more to make clothing inclusive for all. I have designed the range in six colours and in a variety of sizes as I aim to make it as accessible for as many people as possible.
“I’m really keen to continue pursuing my idea and would love to bring Mude to market, putting it on sale for those affected by type one diabetes who feel they could benefit from something like this.
“Design for a social impact has always been incredibly important to me and I’m hopeful of meeting this goal.”