making your own scrubs- patterns?

  1. I'm thinking I'd like to try sewing my own scrubs. I know some people have mentioned making their own, so I am wondering where do you get the pattern, or do you just kinda make up your own?

    I think I could manage the pants without a pattern, but I think the tops would present me with a challenge.

    Also, is the cost comparable to buying scrubs? Material seems so expensive, but then again some scrubs do too.

    Ok, last question- what kind of fabric do you like best?
    (most comfy, lasts the best...)

    Thanks in advance!!
    ~ mae
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  3. by   Hardknox
    I've made lots of scrubs using Simplicity pattern # 9564. They turned out great. I usually got the material at WalMart or or the local fabric store, often on sale. I work OB/Gyn and usually have floral tops, but also made some holiday themed ones. I got lots of compliments from patients and peers. The cost was half what I'd pay for them retail and they were very simple to make. I used a cotton blend which washed well and held up nicely. So comfortable, it's like wearing pajamas to work!

    This pattern goes from XS to XL. Try it, you'll like it!
  4. by   Mkue
    Thanks for the pattern number Hardknox ! I like Simplicity patterns. I'm going to try your idea of using the cotton blend soft material !
  5. by   Love-A-Nurse
    although time does not allow me the opportunity to make my own, i do like the polyester/cotton material scrubs.
  6. by   ERNurse752
    A nurse I work with makes scrubs...some of them are made of flannel. Looks comfy, though getting a little warm for that now.
  7. by   Hooligan
    Here are some pattern numbers from Simplicity...I can't find 9564 though, sorry. I too have thought of sewing my own but unfortunately I don't know how to sew. Maybe I'll have my husbands wonderfully talented aunts make me some as gifts...or have them teach me how to sew! Anyway, I thought this link might be helpful! Click "Specialty Items" then "Scrubs."

    Scrub Patterns

  8. by   Hardknox
    Wow! They even have the warm-up jacket patterns. I haven't made any for about 5 years...the pattern I made has probablly been d/c now and they've added much more. They look easy!
  9. by   pickledpepperRN
    There is a man who has made his own scrubs. He learned from his Mom. He likes a collar and three pockets so has exactly what he wants. When he does extra shifts they get a little silly. He just wore a snowman shirt. I teased him so he answered, "I am saving the one with Easter eggs for Sunday."

    One nurse has my favorite top made from a sheet with cartoom Kirk and Spock from Star Trek. She even offered to sell it to me but I outweigh her by > thirty pounds. I weigh 143, she is 110Lbs young and beautiful.
  10. by   gizzy76
    I took a stab at sewing some scrub tops, shorts and a jacket almost 2 years ago when I was in nursing school. It definitely worked out cheaper. Also, I found that if you buy fabric that is on sale, then it works out cheaper as well. A pattern set that I liked was by Simplicity too and it was # 8088. It had a jacket, shorts, top and pants pattern in the kit. Another one I have is McCall's # 9652. It has a jacket, t-shirt, vest, button up top and pants.
    As far as fabrics go...find something comfortable and colorful! I have a jacket that is dark green with pool balls all over it because it was the neatest pattern and I felt it reflected more of me. I love the game of pool.
    I decided just the other day to take a stab at this sewing thing again and picked up a wonderful cat print for a jacket, and one with an african safari type of print for a top. They're going to be so great when they're finished!
  11. by   cpgrn
    Someone told me they took apart their favorite scrubs, that fit the best, and used them for a pattern for new ones.
  12. by   JNJ
    I always sew in an extra pocket with zip top to stop everything falling out during the (occasional!) bathroom break.
  13. by   gizzy76
    What an excellent idea! The zipper on a pocket! I'm going to try that with the next set that I make! thanks for the tip!
  14. by   MelRN13
    WalMart has alot of different patterns for scrub tops. I've also seen them at Joann Fabrics (are they in other states too??)

    I'm going to attempt to make some this summer when I'm done with school.