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School moves from making fashion to face masks

School Moves From Making Fashion to Face Masks (APP.COM)

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Typically, students at Karen’s School of Fashion spend their time learning the ins and out of dress sewing and design.

But with her classes transitioning online during the coronavirus crisis, owner Karen Lozner decided another task would take priority: making washable cotton and polyester masks for health care professionals.

“First and foremost, we need to protect our doctors and those in the medical field,” Lozner said. “If you don’t take care of the doctors, how are they going to take care of the sick?”

Karen’s School of Fashion has locations in Marlboro, Little Silver and Manhattan. About 25 to 30 students, ranging in ages from teenagers to adults, will each make about five masks at home by the end of the week, she said.

Lozner, who opened the business in 2012, designed the masks herself. They’re made from cotton on the outside and polyester on the inside. Last week, she showed students how to do it.

“If we don’t have the supplies at hand, we made them out of whatever supplies we had at home,” Lozner said. That could mean pieces of fabric from cotton sheets and polyester from pillows.

The masks are not the same as the sought-after N95 masks in demand right now, but they are helpful for other uses, she said. “They do offer some protection,” Lozner said. “We’re not making any claims they are N95.” But they can be worn over a N95 mask, she added.

She also made sure they can stand up to being washed and sterilized, Lozner said.

Masks made by Karen's School of Fashion (Photo: Courtesy of Karen Lozner)

Masks made by Karen’s School of Fashion

She has already distributed masks to the doctor’s office and will send out more when her her students have them ready.

“I don’t think people really understand how deep this and how much we are all in this together,” Lozner said. “We can make a difference if we do this together.”

Originally posted on by David P. Willis:



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This is the time to help! Yes! We can make a difference NOW! I have set aside my business to take care of a very important venture! PLEASE READ and LEARN HOW YOU TOO CAN HELP!

“Lower-grade or homemade masks are being used at many hospitals in non-COVID-19 cases to free up medical-grade masks for doctors and nurses treating COVID-19 patients. Homemade masks can also be used in conjunction with other masks to prolong the life of medical-grade masks, and can be washed for reuse. Some hospital staff are even sewing their own masks. By providing homemade masks to hospitals in dire need, we can help extend the current supply of medical-grade protective gear where it is needed most until additional resources become available. We’ve seen the power of our Tieks community in action many times before, and know that if we #SewTOGETHER, we can and will save lives together. Please share this page and offer with all your friends who sew.”

Thank you @tieks!


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As the world is attempting to block the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, there are many out there who are fortunate enough to work from home while kicking off another week of wearing cozy, couch-friendly attire.

Not Zuzana Čaputová, the president of Slovakia. She was seen attending a swearing-in ceremony of the new four-party coalition government in Bratislava, Slovakia in some incredibly #covidchic attire last Saturday in a head-to-toe color-coordinated look.

Let’s get ready for new fashion statements! #fashionmask #facemask #masklife #slovakiaqueen #fashiondesign #sewing #sewingmask #face mask Thank


Stay safe everyone!

KSOF Has Gone Virtual: Our Response to Covid-19

KSOF Has Gone Virtual: Our Response to Covid-19

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Dear friends,

Out of concern for the health and safety of our customers, all classes will be temporarily moved online via Zoom until further notice.

How KSOF Online Classes Work

After registering for a class, you will receive a confirmation email like usual. Then, 24 hours before your class’s starting time, you will receive another email from Karen with an invite to your online Zoom class along with additional information on how to join your class.

For any questions, comments, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Karen Lozner directly via email at


What You’ll Need for Your Virtual KSOF Classes

All students will need the following products prior to online classes:

  • Sewing machine – Buy From KSOF and receive a 10% discount + 2 – hour sewing machine class. Use Code JUKI for discount. BUY NOW
  • Ruler (1ft)
  • Hip curve
  • French curve
  • Straight-edge ruler
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Pin cushion
  • Hand-sewing needle
  • 1 yard of fabric (depending on your project)

What’s New At KSOF

As many of you have probably heard, doctors and other healthcare workers all over the country are in dire need of masks. I’m making 35 of them today to help my student’s dad who is a doctor and only has 5 more masks left!

So for the next 2 weeks of classes, we will all join in an effort to help the healthcare teams in our communities as we learn how to make a mask. By putting our fashion skills to the test by learning how to make masks for your own use or the use of others, we are serving a common good. And while these will not be medical-grade masks (*see below from CDC web site), they can still serve a purpose.

Know that we will be joining fashion designers from all around the country that are doing their part by dedicating efforts to this cause.

The supplies you will need for this project are:

  • all sewing supplies
  • 1 yard of cotton or polyester fabric (bed sheet, t-shirt, pillow case, etc.)
  • ruler
  • measuring tape
  • pins
  • scissors
  • polyester stuffing (can use from a pillow that you don’t need). You will need this polyester stuffing (filler batting) by 2nd week of class.

* Per the CDC web site…

HCP use of homemade masks:

In settings where face-masks are not available, HCP might use homemade masks (e.g., bandana, scarf) for care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort. However, homemade masks are not considered PPE, since their capability to protect HCP is unknown. Caution should be exercised when considering this option. Homemade masks should ideally be used in combination with a face shield that covers the entire front (that extends to the chin or below) and sides of the face.

Also, we have had to cancel the Tuesday’s Open Studio Day starting immediately due to the health concern of staff and students. And due to the government lock-down, we will remain closed on Tuesday’s until further notice.

Thank you for your continued support.

Stay healthy!

Karen Lozner

KSOF | Karen's School of Fashion Sewing and Fashion Design in NY and NJ