FABRIC, and its non-profit AZ Apparel Foundation, are pivoting efforts during this pandemic to manufacture safe and effective PPE that meets FDA regulations and we need your help!
As a community resource for apparel entrepreneurs and a manufacturer of sewn products, we have received countless desperate and heartbreaking requests to provide millions of PPE items to healthcare facilities nationwide. We quickly pivoted our efforts and obtained FDA certification to make safe and effective PPE that is compliant with FDA standards using AAMI approved materials. We’re currently filling orders for reusable isolation gowns for local healthcare facilities.
However, as grassroots movements to make PPEs in homes and US factories quickly grew and FDA-approved fabrics in adherence to AAMI standards in short supply, we knew we needed to call on our loyal community of designers and sewists to help us mitigate the shortage.
So, we've created an open source project called the Health Care Provider 1 Million Gown Challenge for the sewing community!
We created a pattern for a semi-disposable isolation gown that could be made from a readily-available, substantially-equivalent fabric that can be purchased from home improvement stores. This fabric is not AAMI/FDA approved, but its the next best thing. It's fluid repellent, breathable and antimicrobial. We are providing the pattern, technical instructions and fabric information to the passionate sewists and makers who want to join our efforts.
To join our efforts in trying to make 1 million gowns, click HERE