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B5215 View C

Let’s finish this pattern up and move on, OK? I’m pretty sure I have some friends who are moaning: “not another scrub! Give us something more fashionable!” As well they should. What I’m making these days are my uniforms for daily kicking at the house and running to the store.

So this is the last of the Cheap, Fun, and Easy series, which is not to say I won’t still be sewing cheap fun and easy, I just won’t show you scrubs tops all the time.

Front view and the reason why I bought this questionable fabric with Westies wearing red bows, and apples and doo-dahs: my little photo bombing Westie dog and constant companion of almost 15 years, Gaely GoLightly.

Front of View C

Back view

Back of View C

I was surprised by how this version turned out. It looks almost like a tunic.

I tried not to stray too far from the pattern. I again cut an extra large. I lowered the neckline by 3/4″, shortened the shoulder by 1/2″ and shortened the neckband by .5″. Then I shortened the band by another 1″. It didn’t help much.

Maybe it was my fabric. It has an old feel and I think it’s a 1980’s fabric. It has a stiff hand from the dye. It’s a very stretchy cotton with lycra or elastine. And has a goofy print. Husband really didn’t want me to buy it. LOL Turns out he’s got quite a good eye for classy fabrics. Not this, in other words.

Anyone who makes this pattern will have to make sure they’ve cut any of the version’s necklines long enough to fit over your head and will have to be ready to shorten the neckbands by how ever much necessary to give a smooth finished edge.

Some say they make the band 2/3 the length of the neckline opening. I am the touchy-feely type so I test with my hands. And therefore I knew in advance this wouldn’t work too well. But it’s OK for my purposes and better than what you can get at a yard sale.

Closeup of neckline

So that is B5215, View C. And the end of scrubs.


About Mary Beth

I am fascinated by changing patterns and colored threads. I sew garments and am teaching myself to machine knit. Since selling the building that housed my workrooms, The Stitchery, I'm searching for a place to set up the knitting machines again. There must be room here somewhere!

8 responses »

  1. I love them all; especially your descriptions! Thanks for the pattern testing/showing. You can always run a little elastic thread (or 1/8″ clear elastic) through that neckline and tie a knot. This fabric looks lots better on you than it would on me!

    • Thanks Elaine for the kindness you always show 🙂 and for the idea of using elastic to tighten up the neckline. I’ve tried it with another rather thick fabric and it was an irritation more than a help so I chose not to do more than I did. I could have made it right! And perhaps I should have but I wanted to demo the problem of just following a pattern piece.

      In other words my message is: measure and test. Each fabric is different. Don’t trust a pattern maker to foresee your choice.

  2. Have no idea what a scrub is but I love this. The pattern of course! The garment itself is nice and loose and comfy and looks good rather than just sloppy. You are going to have to make me a 42r Jacket and if you can’t then you can ;learn how to! Of course I do not want a boring colour but something wild like a rose in a vine design or spring flowers or vivid geometric patterns. Don’t ask for much do i?

    • Colin, I’d love to make a jacket for you! What could be better than tailoring for a handsome man who loves well made, functional clothes and is willing to take risks with color? Why, nothing could be better!

      BTW, my husband has decided that this top is cute and he likes it. When I told him of his first very negative reaction to this fabric, his eyebrows hit the ceiling in surprise. He was surprised that he could be wrong about a fashion fabric, I guess, LOL.

  3. So cute-Anything with terriers on it is bound to be fabulous! I am so with you on the advice to test your fabric and not trust that the pattern will make up the same in a new fabric. I have the gardening clothes to prove that 😉

  4. Your top looks so comfortable and I love the print 🙂


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