To Sew or Not to Sew, That Was Never the Question

An idea that started with 10 people five weeks ago on a Zoom call has morphed into an army of sewers, volunteers, and cheerleaders 3,400 strong. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, like most, Diana Coatsworth, owner of Diana Coatsworth Design in downtown Toronto, Ont. felt mixed emotions. All her biggest shows such as the One of a Kind Sale were canceled. She was forced to close the doors to her store. She wondered, like many artisans and small business owners, what to do.  After reading countless articles about the desperate need from the healthcare community for gowns, scrub caps, and face masks, the answer came easily: start sewing.