By Kathy Grondin
Unique is pleased to offer a new group of patterns especially for those of you who work in the healthcare sector: we have added 10 patterns to our Uniform category. Here you will find scrub tops, pants, jackets and lab coats.
Sewing your own uniform enables you to have the personalization you need for your own personal workday. Pockets can be added, modified and placed just where you need them to be. Pants can be chosen with elastic at the ankle or straight leg. Prefer an elastic waist over a drawstring? Need a warm outer layer? Choose a cozy knit or fleece for a jacket style that can be removed as the temperature fluctuates. All these options can be yours when you sew. And having the custom fit that is offered by Unique will ensure that the comfort and fit are all yours, too!
In researching this topic I spoke with several people who wear scrubs on a daily basis. Melissa, an ER nurse, prefers her pants to be a straight or wide leg style that are a little long. She needs to be able to easily jump onto a gurney and finds that the elastic leg pants are too restrictive. Melissa's mom enjoys sewing for her and has made many of her scrubs tops and jackets in seasonal and holiday fabrics. Her ER is extremely cold and Melissa dresses in layers to be comfortable and practical. As you can imagine, nurses sometimes get messy and this enables her to remove the top layer immediately without having to go to the locker room.
Shirley is an OR nurse who sews her own scrubs. She says, “nurses need pockets – and lots of them!” The traditional two patch pockets on most tops and jackets just don't cut it.” Regan, also an OR nurse, agrees and comments that things tend to fall out of patch pockets. She likes pockets that have elastic at the top. Another pocket modification that Regan suggests is to sew a loop of fabric on the scrub top, but to have it concealed within a patch pocket. This loop can be sectioned off to hold pens and other small items. Shirley sews zippered pockets on the inside of her scrub jackets to keep items secure. She also explained that OR nurses need a secure place for rings. A small pocket sewn to the inside of scrub pants at the waist is a perfect solution. (Similar to men's swim trunks.) Another nice modification is to sew a loop to the inside of the waist on pants where a clip-on watch can be attached. The watch can be flipped out when needed or tucked inside and out of the way. Scrub top pattern 4101S1 offers an extra divided pocket in addition to the standard two front patch pockets.
Cargo pockets can be added to pants to carry additional instruments. One nurse I spoke with told me that her bandage scissors created holes in her back pants pockets, until she added cargo pockets to her pants and moved her bandage scissors to the cargo pocket. Remember that pockets can be added to purchased scrubs too. Use fabric from torn or stained scrubs to add pockets to other scrubs or use holiday cottons to make your scrubs seasonal.
To further personalize your scrubs, add your name and/or a medical logo in machine embroidery.
Scrubs are not only the uniform of many health care workers, but are quite comfortable to wear. With their loose fit and lots of ease, they can make wonderful lounge clothes or pajamas. Try patterns 4101S3, 9334S2 or 5443S2 in a cozy flannel or fleece for around-the-home pants this winter.