Scrubs Dress Hack

A few months back I was asked to make a set of scrubs for a very tall doctor. That meant that the trousers needed to be lengthened by about 17 cm (6″). I lengthened the top as well. As I was using a new fabric, I had to take some pictures of me in the new set. (For recording purposes, I have take pictures of all the colours/fabrics I used to make scrubs during lockdown). At only 1,57 m(5ft2) wearing a top that’s been lengthened by 17 cm would naturally look like a dress on me. This got me thinking that I could have my own scrubs dress.

The pattern I had in my stash is New Look 6857( I made the men’s top).

On my first trip to Abakan after they opened as rules were released after the lockdown in England, was this pretty fabric that had helicopteres onm which was meant to become a mini scrub set for children. However, in my haste to buy the fabric I did not notice that the fabric has written all over with UC Coast Guard and has the American flag(which in itself is not a bad thing, but I did not want people to get the wrong idea so it has to remain in my stash). I must have been blind lol.

Since the first rendition of the dress had to go at making a longer top (he is that tall lol) for a lovely Doctor on the Children’s Mental Health ward at the Royal Bolton Hospital, I had to give that one away and make myself another using other fabric. The size used was medium to which 17 cm were added at the bottom, which is very easy to do.

So shortie me had a dress! It did not take me long to use the helicopter fabric to make my own version. As I had enough fabric to cut the main fabric I did not add the pockets on my version. However, I miss having pockets with my new dress. So glad that I can sew and I can easily add some in-seam pockets later.

If you plan on making yourself one, I suggest you go one size up. If I would be making the actual scrubs set for myself, I would make a size Small, however, for the dress I think it’s better to go for the oversized look and make a medium instead. It’s super easy to just add a belt or a tie to give it a more flattering shape on your body like I did. This is my prefered styling for this dress.



  1. Oh wow that looks great as a dress. I would have never thought of using a scrub pattern as a dress. Thank you it has opened my mind up to thinking outside the square when looking at patterns

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