Hot! The ‘Scrubs don’t have a bow (do they?)’ blouse

Fabric: Vintage printed ‘something or other’ from the inherited stash. It’s drapey with a weave like a rayon crepe but feels like a cotton… wierd.

Pattern: Butterick 3789

Year: Early 80’s?

Notions: thread

Time to complete: 4 hours

First worn: For the photos

Wear again? If I can figure out what to wear it with.. and stay away from hospitals.

Total price: nil

Yep… before the bow.. all I could think was add pyjama bottoms and a clipboard and I could walk into any hospital staff room. Now I’m hoping it’s passable. Of course I have nothing to go with it. I never do. Maybe a burgandy skirt? thoughts?

I am terribly sorry for my slackness dear Sew Weekly pals. After a lovely Easter holiday I came back refreshed and inspired… until I discovered that some lovely person thought it’d be funny to switch our power off at the mains while we were away. Returning from a very long drive to deal with a fridge/freezer that had been festering for 12 days was not fun. Trying to explain it to my insurance company.. even less so. And then… my computer died. As in ‘blue screen of death’. Oh joy. Then a possum moved into our roof. And now.. just when things are getting back to normal 21st century living I’m getting a cold. uuggh. When it rains it pours.. right?

Finally, I decided to just grab the nearest pink fabric from the stash and a loose blouse pattern that shouldn’t pose any fit issues and just make it. Lesson – a size 14 pattern is meant for a girl with a bust. Don’t kid yourself into thinking that it’s a loose style so it won’t matter. The Point of the V neck stuck out ridiculously. It would not lay flat. I could have put a 2inch dart from the neck to the waist. I salvaged it with some curved darts from the bottom of the V. It actually worked brilliantly and almost looked intentional – although it did raise it a bit high (sorry no pic). Then I looked in the mirror and realised I was wearing scrubs. But hey… bows fix everything in my world.

Here’s hoping that I’ll eventually get back into the swing of things and make something that can stand up against some of the amazingness you gals have produced over the last few weeks. Like really… you are all ridiculously talented.



Casey Sew

Casey Sew joined the Sew Weekly Sewing Circle in 2011 and completed 38 challenges. Casey learned to sew first from her mother, and then during an Advanced Diploma of Fashion course she completed 10 years ago. Her sewing supplies are generally thrifted or vintage passed on by family.


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  1. Let me be the first to say welcome back : ) and I’m truly sorry for the freezer/dead computer thing. By comparison a possum would be amusing if not for the freezer thing so for your sake I hope its moved on. The blouse is very pretty, I didn’t think scrubs at all! Pink and denim go well together, wear it with jeans or a skirt for summer and call it good. Hopefully by now you and your family have returned to the 21st century, your cold has moved on and we’ll see you again soon!

    • Thanks Loran! Looking back on my dramas it is all a little amusing now. Even more so when I tell you this – I was so certain my fridge was destined for the dump.. so I used the freezer shelf as a platform for a possum house in a tree in my backyard. I couldn’t leave the little guy homeless now could I. Now it seems the fridge has recovered…and my shelf is still in the tree. hahahahah… only I could create these sort of problems.

  2. Wow, talk about pouring! I hope everything is back to normal/getting better. I think the blouse is great! They don’t remind me of scrubs at all! I agree with Loran in wearing it with jeans as a nice summer top.

    • Thank you! Feeling more jovial about it all now. Just one of those long series of tedious events. I shouldn’t complain really.. not exactly life threatening.

  3. Having worn my fair share of scrubs over the years, I will say I don’t think this blouse looks anything like a scrub top, especially not with the bow in place (which I really like). I think I’d go with the others and wear it with jeans, but it would look equally nice over a solid colored slim skirt with some espadrille sandals.

    • So glad it’s not scrubs! haha. Just something about that High V and the loose fit. I like the espadrilles idea. Thanks.

  4. Not at all scrub-like, I promise. Take it from me, I’m a nurse! I love this top, and think if you were to make a cute white eyelet skirt to go with it, you would have a fantastic spring/summer outfit, or you could wear casually with jeans or white pants. It looks really cute on you.

    • Just what I needed to hear Jenn.. straight from a nurse. Thank you! Sadly white pants are not my friend.. but the eyelet is a nice idea. Ta.

  5. Arrr Casey you’re right if it doesn’t rain it pours you poor thing. On the brighter side you have made a ridiculously awesome pink top, I hope she cheers you up and maybe sewing a garment a week can keep your mind off the things that have made life a little unpleasant of late. Hope to see you here next week.

    • Thanks Kazz… stupid little things that get you down hey. Hardly life threatening but why do they pile up like that!! ugh. On the upside.. I think the possum’s cozy in his new home.. my freezer shelf is now a platform for his new digs in my backyard.

  6. I was wondering where you’d got to! Welcome back! I bet this looks great with jeans or anything with denim in it, not hospital like at all.

  7. I agree, I think this is a cute blouse! The bow does make it extra cute. It doesn’t say scrubs at all. I also agree it would look great with jeans. Carolyn’s espadrille suggestion sounds perfect too. So glad to have you back now that things are settling back down for you! (My goodness, that was quite a serious of events though!)

  8. I’m so sorry to hear what happened after your vacation. Your blouse is lovely, definitely not like scrubs! It looks like a rather versatile blouse. You can pair it with any fitted bottoms. Have fun exploring :)

  9. Hi Casey! It’s way more than passable, I’d wear this all the time, with jeans or even smart trousers for work. Considering everything you’ve had to deal with it’s a triumph. And I love the bow.

  10. Hi Casey,
    Oh, nice to see one of our last year girls posting.. I have missed you..[ I didn’t join this year.. thought I would just sit it out and enjoy all of your sw girls stuff].
    So sorry to hear about your trials.You are so right ,when it rains it pours.. Kenny had his 3 rd back surgery and we have spent so many hours in doctor’s offices and hospitals that time is so ‘not available” .ha
    Your blouse is beautiful.. I really love the fabric.. and it doesn’t look like a scrub top at all. I am a retired Respiratory Therepist and I spent 25 yrs wearing scrubs and none of them..were nothing as pretty as your blouse. But..if I would have thought of it, I sure would have added a bow to my yucky teal green scrubb that I lived in for so long.ha
    Happy sewing.. and proud to see your post.Happy sewing.

  11. Very pretty blouse Casey and welcome back!

  12. I would never have thought scrubs when I look at this – it looks so soft and flowing, and the collar and sleeves are just delightful! Welcome back my friend – we missed you!