RCA second-year student Daniele Elsener has also shared zero-waste scrub patterns.
You can print these at home; if you have an A3 printer you need 5 pages for the top and 6 for the trousers. For A4 printers you will need 6 pages for the top and 7 for the trousers.
MA Fashion student Danielle Elsener has responded to #COVID19 by designing a zero waste pattern for medical scrubs….
Posted by Royal College of Art on Thursday, 9 April 2020
If you are not able to make scrubs, you can help by making face-masks or draw-string scrub bags: HOW TO MAKE DRAW-STRING BAGS FOR SCRUBS
You can also contact your local scrub hub to be guided on which places are in need and what they would need the most.
If you are US based, there are networks which you can join in order to use your skills to help. There is currently a great need for N95 masks in NYC, especially for low-risk hospital workers.
Masks4medicine are organising donations for home sewers.
Here are the hospitals in the US that are requesting masks: HOSPITALS US
Upcycling designer Erika Maish is making and donating face masks in the last weeks; “There are many big companies in Los Angeles that have converted to making fabric masks which address a lot of the major needs. In the beginning, I was questioning my ability to help because I don’t have a huge production capability but this whole mask-making crusade of home sewers has really inspired me in that small contributions add up to something big. From what I’ve seen the consensus on the best fabric to use has been 100% cotton as it is easy to sanitise. Masks 4 Medicine puts them in an autoclave before distributing them to hospitals. I also recommend sewing them with an opening to insert a filter. I’ve tried out most of the patterns and I think the surgical style is the most universal fit. The higher the thread count of a woven fabric the more protection it offers and multiple layers of fabric and filter also help.”
Here are the patterns and resources that Erika has been using:
“What we produce as a fashion industry is not vital right now but our skills are and that makes me very hopeful. Even though what’s happening is terrible through making masks I’ve experienced a great sense of being part of a worldwide community that I didn’t feel before. “