SCRUBS REFASHION: KILBY SEPTEMBER

ONE OF MY FABRIC SCRAP STASHES

ONE OF MY FABRIC SCRAP STASHES

Between my fabric scrap stash and clothes Charlie won’t wear anymore, I should be able to add more cute refashioned clothes to my wardrobe. As much as I would love to snag great deals on the clearance racks, I should really focus on reusing items found in my house. One day while rummaging through my stash, I found some old scrubs from a previous job. As an administrative assistant, I was nowhere near any blood, vomit, sweat, or death in my scrubs. So my scrubs were clean and in great shape.

NOT TOO OLD PAIR OF SCRUBS

NOT TOO OLD PAIR OF SCRUBS

At first, I had no idea what to do with two pairs of matching scrubs (a light blue pair and a maroon pair). Did I have the patience and the knowledge to turn the scrub pants into a skirt? I think we all know the answer to that question. I have very little patience to begin with – nope. One look at the inside seams had me searching for my scissors. Then I remembered a blogger taking the waist area of an older pair of pants or skirts and then adding different material for the skirt. Hmmmmm. I think I could do that … right?

CUTTING THE SCRUB PANTS IN TWO PIECES

CUTTING THE SCRUB PANTS IN TWO PIECES

So, I cut off the waist area of the scrub pants right above the crotch area and then cut off the bottom portion of the matching scrub top (right beneath the armpit areas). As I lined up the two pieces, I noticed the scrub pants was a slightly different shade of blue than the scrub top. Hmmmmm. I don’t think anyone will really notice or care about the slight color variation. I bravely forged on with the project, and I think I created pleats in the front and back of the skirt. The top was slightly bigger than the pants so I fold some fabric in certain areas.

YAY! SUCCESS ... EXCEPT FOR THE SEAM.

YAY! SUCCESS … EXCEPT FOR THE SEAM.

Once the pinning was completed, I sewed the two pieces together. After trying on my refashioned skirt, I was very pleased because it fit perfectly and the length was just right. Yay! However, I had one minor issue with the skirt (nickname: Kilby September) – I didn’t like the seam line joining the two scrub pieces. The most obvious solution was to cover it, but with what exactly? After rummaging through my ribbon supply and picking ribbon suitable for washing, I found three ribbon rolls that would pair well with the skirt.

FROM MY RIBBON STASH

FROM MY RIBBON STASH

I won’t share the agonizing tale of how I picked among the three ribbon rolls – it really wasn’t that dramatic. I chose the wide striped multi-color ribbon because I just liked it the best out of the three. Once I pinned and sewed the ribbon over the seam, I really liked the simple result and toyed with the idea about adding another row of ribbon. After placing a second row above the first one, I really loved the idea, giving the skirt a little bit more color and brightness. Yay! Now, I can wear “scrubs” to work!

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