11 years ago, we had our third child – a healthy baby girl, Angie. She walked at eight months, talked at an early age, knew her alphabet at age one, and had a very particular way to do things. She was very detailed about everything she did and we joked about her having OCD (like her father). She started gymnastics at 18 months and was so good that she moved up to more advanced classes quickly. She also loved ballet and tap when she was three. As she continued with gymnastics and dance, she began to have problems with her leotards and tights. She continued to struggle and finally wanted to quit because of the feeling of the outfits.
She started school that September, now four-years-old. She loved going to school but shortly after starting school she began to have problems picking out her clothing. She would try one shirt on and take it off if it did not feel right. I figured she was going through a phase. After a few months she started to wear the same shirt every day. She could not find any other shirt that felt “right”. We decided to try to find shirts similar to her “favorite” and spent hundreds of dollars and many hours shopping. Morning meltdowns were becoming a daily routine. Not only were her shirts uncomfortable, but her underwear, pants, socks, and shoes were a problem. It would take at least an hour every day to get her dressed.
I finally took her to see an occupational therapist at a local pediatric rehabilitation center where she was diagnosed with sensory processing disorder/tactile defensiveness. Angie started occupational therapy and slowly started to show improvement.
Angie could not wear pants, shorts, or socks. Her shirts need to have short sleeves and cannot have any screen-printing or glitter. She has never gone back to gymnastics even though she misses it. She had an opportunity to be on a competition cheer squad but could not wear the shorts or bloomers. When we go shopping for clothing, she will sit in the fitting room sobbing and crying that she does not understand why she has sensory issues and wishes she could wear what she wants to. Two months before Angie turned six, she was finally able to wear pants (leggings). She needs to roll them up so that they do not go near her ankles or feet. She has found socks that feel comfortable to wear and she recently started roller skating!
Angie has inspired us to start a clothing line that feels good while looking fabulous! We have spent years shopping for clothing for Angie that she can tolerate with little success. Angie loves the trendy looks and is a little fashionista, but cannot tolerate the scratchy feel of the prints or rough fabric. Children with SPD and tactile defensiveness need to have the opportunity to dress like everyone else and have fun, trendy, and cool clothing that feels amazing on the inside and out!
This is where Komfy Couture began and where comfort and fashion collide.