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CWU Professor and Mother Invents Versatile Maternity Jacket

A Central Washington University professor in Ellensburg wins a national competition for her one-of-a-kind design for a jacket. The inspiration for it? Her own pregnancy.

When Andrea Eklund, a professor of the Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising program at CWU was just starting out as a new mom to now 1-year-old son James. It took a lot of work to keep her and the baby warm in the winter.

"I was putting on my winter jacket and then a baby carrier and then him and a blanket over the baby carrier, and I felt like the little boy from A Christmas Story," said Eklund.

That struggle inspired her to design a functional coat that had pregnancy in mind but was also fashionable.

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