Debs Daniel, one of our wonderful Design Directors, gives us an insight into the logistics of producing scrubs for the NHS...
In these difficult times, I’ve learnt people can do amazing things and I’m always thinking of what I can do to help. I’ve been making masks for friends and family but wanted to do more. My late mother was a NHS nurse and I know she would have come out of retirement to help in anyway. After a conversation with my sister in law who works for the NHS, she explained that some nurses were given fabrics and asked to make their own scrubs following a 12 hour shift; naturally outraged, I decided we should make scrubs to help.
What with our amazing fashion expertise, I knew our wonderful teams would be up for the challenge. We managed to download a scrubs pattern, but trying to get hold of the right quality fabric which needed to be at least 60 degrees washable was rather challenging. After many begging phone calls and emails to our fabric suppliers and a possible go fund me start up, I finally found a source through a friend. The Emergency Designer Network http://emergencydesignernetwork.org/ who are an amazing network of fashionistas also using their skills to help the NHS. The EDN supplied fabrics, trims, instructions and cut work, a dream come true! Eight north and south London scrub hubs were created with all machinists volunteering to work from home using their own sewing machines.
I feel so proud to have such a fabulous team who made 160 scrubs for our brilliant NHS medical staff.
A massive thank you goes out to our amazing team, sample room manager Meredith who helped me with the logistical co-ordination and popped this all onto one of her much loved spread sheets! Our fabulous PA Debbie and a friend of mine Sian who volunteered to drive some bundles to machinists.And our super stars who made this all possible, our fabulous machinists Lucy,Sabrina,Sharon,Edith,Ewa,Ly, Enith and Jo.