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DIY Dr costume - suggestions?

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Tangle Wed 06-Jul-11 10:26:24

I need to turn DD (4) into a doctor for Saturday. Costume only needs to last about an hour, so doesn't need to be too robust - but it might rain and she does need to be able to dance in it.

I've got an old sheet that I was vaguely thinking of turning into a set of scrubs. Does that sound feasible? Or any alternative ideas that would be easier? I'm just worried I'm going to make it all too small and she won't be able to get in (we can always cut her out - as long as she can get in!)

Other option would be a nurse - but she liked the Dr concept and I can't complain as I don't really buy into the "boy = Dr, girl = nurse" gender stereotypes. (Although a nurse costume would be easier to make)

Any help gratefully received. I can sort of see how it ought to work, just haven't quite got the confidence to actually do anything and if I don't start soon I'll run out of time blush.

purplepidjin Wed 06-Jul-11 10:39:47

Measure her across the shoulders, add a couple of inches and cut across. Measure shoulder to hip for the length. Halve this bit and add 3" for overlap. Sew side seams and hem the bottom. Sew shoulder seams and hem neck and fronts. Add sleeves if you want or hem arm holes. Sew on a red cross/pocket for pens etc. It'll look fine from a distance!

Tangle Wed 06-Jul-11 10:46:16

So basically, make a tabard - have I got that right? start with a couple of rectangles, join at the shoulders and sides (leaving holes for arms).

I was pondering just cutting a hole and draping it over her head before attacking with scissors (and hopefully only cutting the fabric blush) - this sounds much safer smile

thanks - my DD will be very appreciative grin

purplepidjin Wed 06-Jul-11 11:24:55

Yes a tabard except you have two front pieces slightly wider than half the back. Sew on poppers or velcro to keep it closed. Cheap name badge, red cross motif, instant(ish) doctor!

Tangle Sun 10-Jul-11 23:05:34

Thanks grin

Don't think I got my measurements quite right, but they must have been close enough as it went together and I managed to get it finished in time that DD and I could dye it Friday night (even managed to make some trousers that she didn't split as well!). One DIY badge through the laminator later and off we went. Either everyone was humouring me or it looked OK as a few people asked where we got them grin

so thankyou very much for all your advice - DD was very happy with the result smile

purplepidjincantatem Tue 19-Jul-11 21:06:30

Yay, I'm pleased to hear it! Pics please?

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