Scrubs Aren’t Just for Nurses and Doctors

They are for people like you and me too!

I apologize for the lack of makeup and the overwhelming tired look on my face. I finished sewing these pants at 9:40 pm last night. Had I been in my right mind, I would have waited till the light of day before taking pictures. But after sipping on port for the last hour, dragging Dan away from his video game to take pictures of me in my Snoopy socks seemed like a perfectly reasonable request.

Now, for the stats.

Started Saturday, March 29th
Finished Sunday, March 30th
Simplicity pattern #3542
Alterations made:

  • Measured a scant 1/4 inch up from the lower edge of the pants. Redrew line to mark the bottom of the pants. Then, marked 3.5 inches above this line. The area in between was used to make the cuffs. Cut away the cuff section before pinning and cutting the pant section. The bottom edge of the cuff patterns was placed against a fold in the fabric.
  • Shortened pant legs by 2.5 inches, since I am only 5 feet tall.
  • Lengthened the waist encasement to accommodate a 1-inch wide elastic band. (I find them to be more comfortable than a thinner elastic band).
  • Used flat-fell seams throughout.

A close-up of the cuffs & the Snoopy socks.

Note that the cuffs were cut from the same fabric. The bottom of the fabric had this detail.

I love to make my own clothes for 2 good reasons. First, the clothes are better quality than what you can buy at Walmart or at a department store. I can’t tell you how many times I have had to repair ready-made clothes after the first washing. Second, the clothes actually fit me. I have the hardest time finding pants that fit me. Like most women, I do not have an hourglass figure. I am shaped like a pear. Specifically, in sewing terms, I start out as a size 12 up top, blossom to a size 14 at the waist, and continue on to a size 16 at the hips/thighs. I don’t start to thin back down until I get to my knees. Most pants I find start to thin back down once they get past the hips, leaving me look like a person who hasn’t admitted to herself that she recently gained weight and ought to retire the pants she’s wearing.

13 thoughts on “Scrubs Aren’t Just for Nurses and Doctors

  1. Very nicely done. How anyone can sew and end up with a wearable garment is a mystery to me. BTW, at first I thought that must be your daughter or someone – you look so young – I don’t think I’ve seen you before!

  2. I am so happy to see a picture of you and Dan. You are a beautiful twosome. Of course, Jake knows what a looker he is….
    Maple

  3. Fabulous pants. It is so neat to be able to customize the fit and the look and the comfort points to exactly what you want. The wider waist band and the lapped seams make for such great wearing comfort. Look great on you too.

  4. Scrubs are my favorite apparel to lounge at home in. Unfortunately, all the pairs I have are very worn from age and use. I may have to follow your lead and sew up some new additions. Yours look so comfy. =)

  5. Those are great pants!! They look soooo comfy. I love the cuff detail, really nice. :) (And I really love the Snoopy socks!) Hmmm, you may just inspire me to get out my sewing machine and use it for something other than to wind bobbins to weave with…

  6. Very nice pants, and cute socks ;-)
    Using a white sheet every time I want to take pics seems like a lot of work for me. And I don’t really have a pole to hang it over. I guess I’ll look for poster board again next time, it worked well for me when I used it.
    :)

  7. OH those are way cute!! I love wearing ‘scrubs’ around the house when I’m cleaning and such, but those are cute enough to wear out! And I can’t wait to see progress on your quilt – what a lovely gift idea.

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