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Acceptability of Designed and Constructed Maternity Wears For Pregnant Women

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Acceptability of Designed and Constructed Maternity Wears For Pregnant Women.

ABSTRACT

The quest for providing appropriate maternity wears to pregnant women over the years to suit their status both at home and in the society has been a matter of challenge to designers in our locality.

The bane of this challenge lies squarely on lack of professional fashion designers, the use of inappropriate materials, indecent maternity wears directly imported without taking into consideration the peculiarity of our socio-cultural make-up.

It is on this premises that the research on the “Acceptability of designed and constructed maternity wears for pregnant women teachers” was carried out. The study was aimed at ascertaining the extent which the designed and constructed maternity wears were acceptable, comfortable, decent and affordable to pregnant women.

It also investigate the uniqueness and right choice of materials for the  designed and construction of maternity wears. The study which is basically a descriptive survey research and production of new design concept was adopted.

The non-probability purposive sampling method on 100 pregnant women teachers using a structural question using the 5 point interval Likert Scale.

To fully test the research, five null hypotheses postulated and were analyzed using the Statistic Packages for Social Science – SPSS version 17. The t-test on the first null hypothesis which stated that there is no significant difference on the level of acceptability has its result as 0.007 less than p-value of 0.05 (0.007 = P<0.05) and was therefore rejected.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Title page – – – – – – – – – – i
Declaration – – – – – – – – – – ii
Certification – – – – – – – – – – iii
Dedication – – – – – – – – – – iv
Acknowledgment – – – – – – – – – v
Abstract – – – – – – – – – – vi
Table of Contents – – – – – – – – – vii
List of Tables – – – – – – – – – – x
List of Plates – – – – – – – – – – xi
Definition of Terms – – – – – – – – – xii
Abbreviations – – – – – – – – – – xv
CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION
1.1 Background of the Study – – – – – – – 1
1.2 Statement of the Problem – – – – – – 5
1.3 Objectives of the Study – – – – – – – 7
1.4 Research Questions – – – – – – – – 7
1.5 Null Hypotheses – – – – – – – – 8
1.6 Significant of the Study. – – – – – – – 9
1.7 Basic Assumption of the Study – – – – – – 9
1.8 Delimitation of the Study – – – – – – – 10
CHAPTER TWO: REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE
2.1 Concepts of Maternity Wears – – – – – – 11
2.2 History of Maternity Wears – – – – – – – 11
2.3. Cultural and Modern Trends in Maternity Wears – – – – 15
2.4 Planning a Maternity Wardrobe – – – – – – 16
2.5 Basic Principles of Design as Related to Fitting of Maternity Wears – 18
2.6 Factors to be Considered When Making Maternity Wears – – – 19
2.7 Types/Styles of Maternity Apparel – – – – – – 20
2.8 Consumer and Acceptability? – – – – – – 22
2.9 Sewing Equipment and Tools – – – – – – 23
2.10 Pattern Alterations and Adaptation – – – – – – 25
2.11 Review of Empirical Studies on Maternity Wears – – – – 27
2.12 Summary of the Reviewed Literature – – – – – 30
CHAPTER THREE: INTRODUCTION
3.1 Research Designed – – – – – – – – 31
3.1.1 Survey Method – – – – – – – – 32
3.1.2 Experimental Method – – – – – – – – 32
3.2 Population for the Study – – – – – – – 32
3.3 Sample Size and Sampling Procedure – – – – – 34
3.4 Instrument for Data Collection – – – – – – 34
3.4.1 Validity of the Instrument – – – – – – – 34
3.4.2 Pilot Study – – – – – – – – – 34
3.4.3 Reliability of the Instrument – – – – – – – 34
3.5 Procedure for Data Collection – – – – – – 34
3.5.1 Procedure for Construction – – – – – – – 35
3.6 Procedure for Data Analysis – – – – – – – 51
CHAPTER FOUR: PRESENTATION AND DATA ANALYSIS
4.1 Response Rate of Respondents – – – – – – 52
4.1.1 Presentation of Data Analysis – – – – – – 52
4.2 Answering the Research Questions – – – – – – 58
4.3 Test of Null Hypotheses – – – – – – – 69
4.4 Summary of Findings – – – – – – – – 75
4.5 Discussion of Findings – – – – – – – 75
CHAPTER FIVE: SUMMARY, CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATION
5.1 Summary – – – – – – – – – 81
5.2 Conclusion – – – – – – – – – 82
5.3 Recommendations – – – – – – – – 82
5.4 Limitations – – – – – – – – – 83
5.5 Suggestions for Further Study – – – – – – 84
References – – – – – – – – – 85
Appendix – – – – – – – – – – 87

INTRODUCTION

Clothes provide protection, modesty, identification, status and decoration. People wear clothes for many different reasons, some of these reasons are physical comfort and social.

Clothes give self confidence and express personality. Clothes also help in identifying with other people, (Weber, 1990). Maternity wears are loose garment worn by pregnant women.

These garments are also free with lot of ease for comfortability. Pregnancy is a natural gift and a process of starting humanity, not a malady.

Our ancestors had the right attitude toward it, they went about their natural business during pregnancy and looked after themselves as much as they could.

Unfortunately, many modern women regard it as a time of illness with the result that they develop unnecessary psychological problems when they are pregnant (Weber, 1990) by wearing good apparels during this period.

Maternity clothes have taken on new importance in recent years for several reasons. In the first place, there are many more pregnant women today than ever before.

The attitude that a woman should be as well-dressed during pregnancy as at any other time has become accepted in Nigeria (Weber, 1990). This situation necessitated the careful selection of a maternity wardrobe, an opportunity unknown to the women of 25 years ago.

 

REFERENCES

Allyne, B. (1958). Tailoring. McGraw Hill Book Company Inc. USA.

Bane, A. (1994) Creative Clothing Construction. McGraw. Hill Book Company New York. U.S.A. pp.9

Bradburn, N.M. and Sudman, S. (1988). Polls and Surveys: Understanding what they tell us. Jossey – Bass: San Francisco

Britannica Concised Encyclopedia (2006). Encyclopedia Britannica Inc. All rights reserved. Bull, W. (1969). Basic Needle Work. Low and Brydone Printers Ltm, London.

Dikko, H. (2009), Modification of Hijab for Working Women and Nursing Mothers in Northern Nigeria.

Erwin, M.D. (1969). Clothing for Moderns. Macmillan Company, New York.

 

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