Supporting the UK Fashion and Textile Industry During the Coronavirus Outbreak

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Free Vetigraph PPE patterns for scrubs and gowns

UKFT associate member Vetigraph has produced a range of patterns for PPE, including scrubs, gowns, face masks, boiler suits, headwear and plastic face shields in A4, A0, and Vetigraph PLT files, which are available free of charge.

It is vital that all PPE is made from the appropriate material otherwise the protection given by items could be compromised. 

Read the UKFT statement on PPE Performance Requirements here.


Begg & Co: Supporting NHS Scotland with ‘For The Love Of Scrubs’

Some of the Begg & Co team have returned to the Mill to work on scrubs for local hospitals in Ayrshire and the surrounding area.

Putting their technical skills to good use, the small group of seamstresses started work last week on their first batch of garments for NHS staff working at hospitals nearby, in support of  For The Love of Scrubs.

The group, For the love of Scrubs, was created after discovering there was a shortage of scrubs in the NHS. Co-ordinators all over Scotland came together to get in touch with hospitals, GPs and other medical personnel to make sure the efforts of their army of volunteers is being directed to where it’s most needed. 

Begg & Co is also donating all of the profits from sales of three of the brand’s most iconic blue products to ‘NHS Charities Together’. 

The products include the timeless Wispy Harbour scarf, specially created using 100% micron cashmere which is perfect for both men and women, the Arran Blue Jay, made from 100% cashmere and first developed by Begg & Co in the 1970s, and the Kishorn Electric Blue scarf, made from delicately woven micron cashmere and perfect for any season.

The brand has also recently launched community platform ‘Our Comfort Blanket’ with the aim to provide useful tips on how to stay positive and healthy during these difficult times, including recipes, a book club and meditation advice.

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To support For the Love of Scrubs, please click here.

John Smedley switches to scrubs

John Smedley is working with the Emergency Designer Network, a volunteer-led enterprise that is galvanising local production to support hospital stocks of key garments such as scrubs.

Last week, John Smedley temporarily opened a special area of the factory within their Lea Mills site that will be dedicated to creating medical grade fabric scrubs garments for the NHS, care homes and other businesses in need.

A team of volunteer lock-stitchers, seamers and over-lockers will be producing the garments and following all the correct Public Health England guidelines on safe working. New machine arrangements have been designed to facilitate social distancing, digital thermometers will be utilised to check temperature, and PPE will be deployed to enhance safe working.

All garments produced will be distributed to local hospitals, GP surgeries and care homes in the East Midlands and London free of charge while stocks last, and John Smedley have distribution agreed with 20 hospitals, GPs and care homes to date.

This isn’t the first time the company has supported the national interest. During John Smedley’s long history the company has weathered many storms, including both World Wars. Throughout World Wars I & II, John Smedley produced underwear for the front line troops, under contract to the Government, as part of a huge re-organisation of industry that was geared towards the war effort.

Speaking about the initiative Ian Maclean, Managing Director and 8th generation John Smedley family member, said: “Despite not being cut-and-sew garment specialists, I am pleased to be able to turn our Company’s skills into the useful production of hospital approved scrubs for the NHS and care homes. Covid-19 presents us all with huge challenges, and we are keen to play our part in meeting them, even in a small way. The health of our staff also remains paramount and we will ensure they are offered protection at all times. We cannot thank them enough for their positive attitude in taking part in this project. I will be joining them each day to pick and pack the orders for the NHS as well.”

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Johnstons of Elgin donates scrubs to doctor’s surgeries

Johnstons of Elgin has made its first donation of scrubs to local doctor’s surgeries and other primary care facilities. The company made the first prototype last week with the cloth it had available.

CEO Simon Cotton said: “Ultra fine merino may not be a traditional scrubs material but it did the job for creating our first sample! The production sets are made from sixty degree washable poly/cotton. I’m very proud of our small team for the way they pulled together in just a few days.”

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