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Date: 1/10/13 5:47 PM

A question for all the nurses & hospital staff on this board about nursing scrubs. What style of scrubs do nurses wear these days? Made of what fabrics? Other than pockets what features do they have or what would make the current variety of available scrubs more attractive to the average younger nurse? In other words, what is your go-to outfit and why?

My niece, nurse in training, has decided she'd like to learn how to sew and start with some scrubs. Wow, I'd given up hope that any of the family younger generation would ever look twice at a sewing machine and really want to make sure she has initial success, not in construction so much as wearability for style, comfort and functionality: Having taught young kids to sew for a lot of years, I know that the pride in wearing something they've made can make or break a new sewist's motivation

I have a sizable stash and want to go through it and pick out some suitable pieces for scrubs that she might want to use but don't really know anything about scrubs these days (financially strapped student, lol). It's been a long time since I worked in a hospital and I don't know what they are wearing these days -- any suggestions?

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Date: 1/10/13 8:18 PM

All cotton can work for scrub tops as long as she doesn't mind ironing them as needed. But for scrub pants, a poly-cotton blend is often better for wearability without wrinkling. I personally make my scrub pants with one of the cheaper broadcloths from JAF or HF - though I do check for whether the fabric will be see-through. However, for me, lightweight fabrics are best for scrub pants, as I spend hours in surgery (I'm a vet) and I overheat easily. Her experiences may be different. ;)

I would also suggest that she find out first if her school or hospital allows prints or requires solid colors. My best friend used to buy me fabric to make her scrub jackets, until her hospital changed their dress code and made their nurses all wear the same solid color all the time. She was very sad.

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Date: 1/10/13 9:44 PM

Lots of hospitals and schools are "color-coding" the staff, so definitely check out the rules in your area. I like poly/cotton, in a poplin weave, but my daughter loves her Imperial broadcloth scrubs. The broadcloth might seem a little lightweight, but it actually works well for scrub tops and pants, especially if the wearer complains of being too warm in poplin weight scrubs. Imperial broadcloth is pretty easy to find, especially in stores or on websites that specialize in heirloom sewing.

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Date: 1/11/13 6:15 AM

Gray's Anatomy scrubs are the favorite where I work. The fabric is soft with a slight stretch. It's like wearing pajamas all day. Cargo pants with a tied, drawstring waist band and elastic in the back gives nurses extra pockets, but keeps pants from sliding down with all of the times we squat, bend over, etc. Look at some web sites for ideas. Uniform Advantage.com and www.medicalscrubscollection.com are 2 sources I use. Jeanie

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Date: 1/11/13 9:25 AM

Thank you ladies - wonderful advice and links. I'll start exploring the links for styles and searching through my stash for the poly-cottons. For Christmas one of the patterns I gave her was a kwik sew uniform with a jacket that she thought was really cool. I was completely puzzled by this because these were standard wear in the hospitals 15 years or so ago but she said she hasn't seen anyone wearing something like this (she works part time at two local longterm care facilities on the weekends and worked full time a few years back in another province) and thought it would be wonderful to have jackets that she could wear with her pants, coordinating everything. This comment and the fact that she stood mesmerized in the middle of my fabric storage area just touching and feeling all the fabric made me chuckle, thinking perhaps she has more of the sewing gene that either of us ever realized, lol.

Her school does have a standard uniform that they have to wear for clinical placement, primarily identifying them as student RNs, but from what I gather, she wears regular scrubs for her part time work (trained as an RPN initially).

Karla does the imperial batiste wrinkle much? It sounds ideal for warmer weather wear here. I have some great cotton prints but ironing was my concern too about that fabric - the girl barely has time to eat much less iron. I did find some very soft poly suiting in the stash, about the weight of tropical weight wool suiting, that washes like a dream but was just concerned it might look a bit too much like street clothes and get her in trouble for not wearing a uniform. I don't know how strict the facilities are about things like that so will have to ask her. LOL, she'd probably love the cargo pocket idea for the pants - she's obsessed with pockets. Good point, too, to add elastic to the back waist. Thank you all.

Gayle

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Date: 1/11/13 3:32 PM

I have ordered from here: Blue Desert Company and was very pleased with thier scrubs fabrics and service.

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Date: 1/11/13 10:04 PM

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Karla does the imperial batiste wrinkle much?
Ha! My daughter thinks an iron is a bookend. No, it washes and dries very well. I think it's a 65/35 poly cotton, but it's opaque AND lightweight and the poly doesn't seem to make it too hot. She wears scrubs only on on-call weekends now, but she said she's still asked where she got the nice scrubs...and they're now approaching 8 years old.

BTW - I still use the Kwiksew scrub pattern. Drop down about 1/2 size by tracing between two sizes. It's awesome.

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Date: 1/12/13 7:11 AM

I suggest you check out uniform stores or websites before investing much time or fabric. Also, the comment about color coded staff is a huge trend right now. My hospital just changed from navy and white to all navy including the lab coats. We can wear t- shirts for tips and that's my preference. I have 2 TNT patterns that I make over and over. I prefer the stretch of a knit t over the classic scrub top..

Good luck to her and welcome to sewing. Uniforms are great items to learn to sew on.

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Date: 1/12/13 8:54 AM

My hospital has us wear navy blue. I can wear a white tshirt or navy tshirt under a jacket. I generally prefer the knit tshirt with a sleeveless jacket (vest) w/pockets and the scrub pants --generic navy broadcloth or poplin although lately I have enjoyed more of a trouser with a little stretch in it (that could pass for regular pants if not paired with a scrub jacket). Luckily we can pick out whatever shoes we want (or at least they are not enforcing the shoe color rule). Put in a subpocket in her jacket that can hold a parking pass, lunch money or small supplies.

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Date: 1/13/13 7:27 AM

This colour trend that several have mentioned is interesting. It almost sounds as if the trend is slowly reversing back to standardized uniforms. Although this might show my age I actually remember when nurses here wore the white dress uniforms with caps. Then later a big part of my working life was spent in the hospital setting and I watched the variations of the uniform evolve - very interesting to see, usually the younger ones, pushing the envelope with a piece here or there and then when administration let it walk, to see it spread and things eventually became quite casual.

It sounds like the poly cotton lightweight blends are the way to go for sure. Thank you for your help on this. Personally I would prefer to wear a knit as opposed to a woven but it could be tricky depending on the setting and , as some have mentioned, she can wear a t or knit top under her nursing jacket. Thanks for the vote of confidence on that one Karla.

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