PPE Sewing

Checking In

Hello all,

It has been weeks since I last posted.  I hope you are all well – body, mind and soul.  I thought I would write a quick post to check in and let you know what I have been up to.

Early in March, my mum, sisters and I flew to England with my father’s remains.  His final wish was to be laid to rest “back home.”  Of course, the timing could not have been worse, although the trip had been planned and booked for months.  And while we were only there a few days, it was incredibly tense and worrisome.

Once back, I did not go straight home; rather I stayed at my mum’s house with her, in a two week self imposed quarantine to ensure that we were protecting our extended family as well as others in the community.  I am back at home now with my family as we continue to stay home and do whatever we can to reduce exposure of ourselves and others.

Whilst here, I did some sewing of a different sort to support our local nurses at the London Health Sciences Centre.  They put a call out, as many in other hospitals and community care centres have, for personal protective equipment.  In this case, our nurses were asking for home sewers to make scrub caps.

There are a ton of patterns on Pinterest, however I do have a pattern for scrubs that I have owned for ages.  I bought it originally to make costumes for my daughter’s dance troupe.  There was a musical theatre number requiring one of the dancers to be dressed in scrubs.  It has been tucked away ever since.  (see, it does pay to hang on to things!).

I used pattern “E” to make the caps and pulled some poly/cotton that I had in my stash to do so.  After a good hot wash to ensure that it was clean and preshrunk, I got to work.

I delivered the first batch and will continue to make more throughout the coming weeks as the need continues to present itself.

In the meantime, my love goes out to you all.

Stay home, stay safe and we’ll see you on the other side of this.

Bye for now,

Andrea

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