Posted: 27 April, 2020

Sewing Scrubs for PPE

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Flo in Year 12, and Mary Mescall, Putney's retired head of Design Technology, are just two members of a team of sewers who have risen to the challenge of sewing scrubs for PPE during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Flo tells us more...

The scrub making is part of the Emergency Designer Network, set up by a group of London fashion designers who decided to put their time in lockdown to good use. They got in touch with NHS fabric suppliers and secured the delivery of NHS standard fabric and thread.
The designers put together a pattern that meant garments could be constructed quickly, which was then signed off by the Royal Free Hospital in London, set to be one of the first hospitals to receive support from the Network.
Word quickly spread that they needed volunteer sewers to sew the scrubs together. We signed up and were given the option to make tops or bottoms (slightly easier) in quantities of 10 or 20. Net a Porter delivered the fabric to your door, pre cut. You were emailed a pattern pack with instructions and technical drawings. They also sent round some YouTube clips to help with the harder bits. They delivered the fabric midweek and then collect the finished garments on Monday morning. From there they are industrially washed before going to local hospitals.

More about the sewing process...

I have found the process challenging for sure! Topstitching, pressing, measuring and pinning were all involved. I’m only making 10 trousers which are easier than the tops.
The hardest bit has been the fact that they require a welt seam along the inner and outer legs (which I had to learn from the YouTube clips). This is quite complicated and it is difficult to execute, especially around the crotch! You also have to make a pocket and attach this, make a drawstring tie and a waistband to fit, as well as hemming everything obviously.
I’m about 5 hours in and I have at least 15 hours to go.Overall, it’s a super rewarding process. It’s not without difficulties but I’ve learned so much and it’s great to feel like you’re helping in any small way.
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Editor’s note: 

The EDN are keen to stress that their garments are not government approved and should not be used in place of government PPE. Rather, they seek to offer a lower level protection, “allowing government backed PPE to go where it is so desperately needed”.

First set of trousers packed and ready to go!

First set of trousers packed and ready to go!

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