Although I can get scrub shirts for $4 at Goodwill, I was curious about making my own so that I could have more design control – maybe eventually using the pattern for a casual tunic.
I started by tracing around the longest, widest RTW scrub I have. It is the lab coat I altered here. The lab coat has set-in sleeves and I wanted grown-on sleeves, so I used a normal scrub shirt to trace the sleeve and sleeve to body transition. I even remembered to add seam allowance before I started cutting my fabric.
Because this is a loose, unfitted garment, it was easy to sew and there were no fitting issues. In this version, I used the hem of a sheet for the hem of the scrub top, but forgot to shorten the length by the hem allowance, so this one is a bit longer than anticipated – another couple of inches and it would be a shift dress.
The pockets are scraps and I promise the top one looked straight when I pinned it on to sew.
I didn't want to fuss with making the neckline the same as RTW scrub shirts. I think a round neckline is more flattering to my chin. Plus, it's easier to sew than figuring out how to add the binding to a V- neckline. I added elastic to the front neckline, sewn on at the shoulder seams, to try to keep myself modest when moving around or working with taller clients. I think I could have stretched the elastic a little less and still have a tight neckline, but overall, I'm happy with the result. This is the first time I tried to put elastic into only part of a seam.
The biggest mistake was that I used ½-inch seam allowance for the neckline, so it was a bit difficult to sew and has some tucks. While fighting with it, I kept wondering why the seam binding was so difficult to sew on smoothly. After I finally got everything together and tried on the final product, I realized that I always draft my necklines with 1/4-inch seam allowance. You would think the crease in the seam binding would have clued me in that 1/2-inch was too much, but sometimes my brain doesn't catch on quite fast enough.
If I want the shorter style scrub top, that's easy even for me to to with this same pattern.