Sew Scrubs For Ireland

At the heart of this initiative is the intention to facilitate us all to help in our communities in this very challenging time, supporting our frontline workers by creating a remote community of skilled volunteers, making scrubs for those who need them.

The Covid-19 crisis has arrived and changed daily life as we knew it.
My name is Sinéad Lawlor and I have been working in the Costume Industry for 20 years. I have am connected to a network of exceptional colleagues who are designers, pattern makers, seamstresses and tailors. It became apparent that scrubs, the basic garments worn by medical personnel, were in short supply for our frontline heroes. In the costume community we are no strangers to a challenge and we thrive through communal support and problem solving among our fellow costumers. Ordinarily we produce costumes for theatre, TV, film and opera; in these extraordinary times we have responded by creating a remote production line, delegating the tasks of sourcing materials, cutting, sewing and distributing scrubs to go where needed in our respective communities. We are currently making scrubs in Dublin for St. Mary's in Phoenix Park and the Capuchin Centre. Scrubs have already been delivered to Portlaoise Hospital and various local nursing homes. Packages with materials and patterns have been sent to fellow colleagues nationwide.

We have devised a system to cut the fabric and prepare sets of scrubs, ready to sew with all the necessary information, direct to the doorsteps of volunteers to sew nationwide, to facilitate the production of scrubs from home. These scrubs will then be donated where needed in the community where they have been made.

We are reaching out to skilled people in their homes, with a drive to help, challenged by the increased restrictions on movement; through some planning and logistical support, people may help contribute to their communities in this time of crisis. By supporting this project, you are both supporting the practical needs of our frontline workers and enabling the power of community spirit. We are heartened to collaborate with the ICA on this project.

This is an entirely voluntary project, any funding raised will cover the costs of materials and distribution of scrubs. The further goal of this enterprise is to raise funds for PPE donations to the causes where it is needed. It is vital that where feasible we support Irish companies producing PPE at this time, to establish production and supply chains of PPE, to help protect our citizens and frontline workers.

I would like to express our gratitude to James Seaver McGlynn for technical advice  to get us  started. Sincere thanks also to Anto and team at WM Trimmings and to Ken Borland,  who have been supportive in the supply and delivery of materials.


Sinead Lawlor

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