The uniforms they have worn have changed over the generations- from my mother's white stockings and starched apron and hats, to my sisters' first white nursing dresses, and then to scrub tops and drawstring pants.
It is fair to say that none of our nurses have loved their uniforms (save maybe my mother who I am sure still misses her starched hat).
The reasons the nurses don't often like what they wear to work are these:
1. The almost one size fits all styling means that most scrubs off the rack don't fit anyone (as is the case with garments that are sold to fit everyone) very well.
When did you notice the nurse or dental hygienist in your life and thought "gee that outfit is a flattering fit"? If you have never made this assessment you can be pretty sure that the female in the scrub feels the same way.
2. The fabric and patterns are often nothing to write home about. Women who are fashion aware after hours would kind of like some quality in the garments they wear most often. I know one of my daughter's joys when she moved into a more administrative role was she didn't have to wear scrub tops any more.
All of which is a lead up to the release of Jalie's Spring release of a scrub top pattern. Here is the line drawing of the Elaine:
Now there are a couple of features that make this a particularly interesting pattern to me and to my nurses:
1. The seaming, specifically the princess seams in the front and back, make fitting, particularly for a larger bust, waist, or hip, very easy. I didn't do that in my version for my niece, but I did add 2" in length which was much appreciated. We are all so tall.
2. The elastic in the middle of the back adds some flattering shape to what is often a fairly shapeless garment.
3. The V neck is modest but easy to wear and comfortable.
4. There are four front pockets - I hope you can see that there are smaller pockets inside the larger front pockets - a neat little detail that gives more places for more stuff but does not detract from the overall neat professional look of the top.
And of course making your own scrub top means you can choose your own fabric.
When I asked my niece what she fabric she wanted she said bright. Right now she is working with dementia patients and bright and cheerful colours are what her patients like best.
I had a lot of fun choosing fabrics. I settled on a combination of seersucker and a loutish print that seemed to say scrub top to this non nurse who has no idea what she is talking about.
Once again photographed by my niece's intrepid boyfriend here are some shots of her scrub top after work, modelled with the leggings I made her I notice, with emphasis on the details she particularly liked:
|Hand in the inside the inside pocket shot|
A shot hopefully showing how the two pockets are layered together. I also think this shows the vent at the side and the shaping achieved by the simple elastic insert in the back
Such a nice neckline
Isn't this a pretty back?