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Help us make masks for medical workers
Since April 2020, Sewn for Good has produced over 3700 washable masks, 2800 of which were specifically designed for and donated to health care workers to preserve PPE. It is important that our healthcare workers have the protection they need and the masks made by SFG have been approved by two different health systems. Our health care workers deserve the best and we believe we are in a position to give them the best with your help.
You can donate today to support the creation of masks for medical personnel AND keep local seamstresses employed.
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How Janice Martin’s small business navigated the pandemic
In any city, suburb or small town, there are a variety of businesses operating, some big and some small. Although all businesses are an essential part of keeping an economy up and running, small businesses certainly are vital in keeping small communities alive—something that was overlooked before the pandemic hit, but after COVID-19, it’s something that is on the forefront of most people’s minds.
The aspect of small businesses that sets them apart from corporations are the people who run them. Each venue or service provider wasn’t just started as part of a chain to keep the money flow going for a big-time company, most of the time they were started from a passion or a love and grew to become much more than just a venture for those who open them.
For Janice Martin, owner of Janice Martin Couture and Sewn For Good LLC, her business has not only pivoted during the pandemic to help itself sustain financially, but it has also shifted to help mitigate the PPE problem our country has faced and continue to provide not only necessary but also quality supplies for many who desperately need it.
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From pussy scarves to PPE, Ardmore bridal couturier pivots again
When her couture business fell off the covid cliff in mid-March, designer Janice Martin (above) could easily have pressed pause. No one would have begrudged her the R & R. She’d been creating bespoke wedding gowns on Cricket Ave. nonstop since 2005 and running a private label cause-related company since 2017.
Instead, in a classic pandemic pivot, she started stitching face masks. But, true to her couture roots, Martin’s masks would stand out – and not just for their interesting fabrics.
With N95 and surgical-grade masks easily soiled, uncomfortable to wear, and in short supply during the pandemic, Martin endeavored to build a better mouse trap.
COVID Couture: Designer Donates Mask Covers
For providers on the front line of the fight against COVID-19, a N95 mask is essential protective equipment. These masks, however, can be difficult to wear for the many hours they are needed.
Enter Janice Martin, a couture designer in Ardmore who was already ahead of the curve. In 2018, she had established Sewn For Good, an adjunct passion project that creates cause-related clothing and accessories.
When Martin learned of the shortage of medical protective wear and masks in the fight against COVID, she jumped into action. With established ties to industry sourcing and Jefferson University (which incorporates the former Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science), Martin designed a cloth mask cover to extend the life of surgical grade masks and make them more comfortable to wear.
She then canvassed the tri-state area to locate newly unemployed industrial seamstresses to make them for hospitals in need.
“When this crisis first hit, our business basically came to a standstill,” explains Martin. “So, several home sewers and I began making masks for ourselves and a few friends.
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You can donate today to support the creation of masks for medical personnel.