Hot! The “I don’t want no scrubs” skirt

The Facts 

Fabric: 2 medium scrubs $9.98 (£6.19), purple and black sheeting from stash.
Pattern: New Look 0136
Year: Contemporary.
Notions: Zip scavenged from old skirt.
Time to complete: 8 hours.
First worn: 30th September 2012.
Wear again? Yes, definitely!.
Total price: $9.98 (£6.19).

The challenge: “Refashion Challenge: Make something new from something under $10”.


Life does try to get in the way of more important sewing doesn’t it? I did have a huge unfashionable turquoise dress to refashion at the beginning of the week (check it out here), but it being end of term, I should have counted on suddenly being needed to attend concerts, make salt dough for geography lessons, help daughters revise for end of term tests and the possibility of kids being off ill…..oh, and my parents arriving from the UK.

So instead I’m afraid I feel a little like I’m ‘phoning this one in this week (next week is going to be difficult too, which is annoying me because I’d been looking forward to Western week incredibly eagerly and have had to scale back my plans for that too…..perhaps there’ll be another challenge later this year I can fit the criteria AND satisfy my inner cowgirl….).

So instead of something with the tent dress, I decided to make something I can wear into school over the next month to entertain my inner child and the 4th graders I work with (they seem to love my silly dresses and skirts as much as I do). I bought 2 Halloween-themed scrubs from my local Goodwill store (charity shop), chopped them up and made a skirt.

I thought the pattern on its own might be a bit heavy, even for me, so broke it up with bits of purple sheeting from my stash for the penultimate band, the waist band and the pockets, and so the skirt wouldn’t be too short (I’ve made this pattern once before for 1940s week out of denim and wearing it since I’ve always thought a little short), I added a final black band from my stash.

And that’s about it.

Sorry it’s so short. The post that is, not the skirt. The skirt’s fab, and comfy and it will get plenty of wear as it’s very me, and Arizona is very into Halloween, so bring it on….I’m ready.

(If you want to see some pics of what we do in Arizona in the run-up to Halloween check out my blogs here and here).

Ps. when I bought the scrubs from the charity shop I instantly knew that the title of this post would have to refer to the fabulous TLC song No Scrubs so I put it on in the car on the way home, and promptly had to stop driving because I starting crying when Left Eye started rapping….it’s been 10 years now since her death now and the music world is a world worse off without her.



Tempest Devyne is a Brit who loves rain. She was therefore exiled to the deserts of Arizona. She started tentatively sewing about 3 years ago to make her own burlesque costumes. She'd now like to make pretty clothes for herself that don't rely on velcro and poppers to stay on. She's self-taught with help from the internet and lots of books from the library.


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  1. Aren’t you smart to use the arm scythes as the pockets?!

  2. Oh fun! I bet your fourth graders will love it, and I am really envying you living in a place where you can get so into Halloween.

  3. This is much more “you” than that blue dress was : ) And it’s perfectly understated for fourth graders as well as Halloween…especially with the orange hightops!

  4. Halloween scrubs!? Bizarre. Great skirt, the kids will love it. Nice one. TLC were fun weren’t they

  5. I am sad that we won’t get to see hat you had in mind for the Western theme! Honestly, I don’t know how anyone could top your Annie apron.

    I like the addition of both the bands at the bottom. The colors work really well-

  6. Fun stuff despite your sorrow about not being able to really get into it at this time. I know just how your feel, being pinched for time and energy after a full day of working in the classroom. Hat’s off to us for accomplishing so much this year. Keep up the good work you do with the little ones and enjoy your sewing, be it little projects or great big ones! The point is to have fun right?