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Scub Gusset

mustsew | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi!  Just joined this forum today and it looks like a great one!

I have made several scrubs for my DD who is a RN.  Just recently completed one and the same ole’ frustration with the instructions in the pattern.  It’s a McCalls and they go into great detail explaining how to sew the pockets-complete with several diagrams.  But when it comes to the Gusset – almost nada.  “Sew rights sides together” is about it.

How do you sew the neckline gusset correctly to prevent the inevitable wee tucks at the bottom?  This time I was very careful not to stretch the fabric as I worked and that helped.  Pressing made it all flat – WHEW!

I still would like to have some hints on how to make this a less stressful part of the scrub.  They are sooo easy otherwise.



PS: Title obviously should be ‘Scrub’




Edited 5/24/2007 11:22 am ET by mustsew


  1. Pattiann42 | | #1

    Have not made any scrubs, but have a V-neck pattern that I really like. 

    At the bottom of the V, do you pivot, make one stitch across the bottom, then pivot and sew to the top? 

    If you use this method, you then snip into the intersections at each side of the V.  Not too deep, leave a couple of threads of fabric. 

    Trim the seams and turn the facing to which ever side you want - inside for a no show facing, to the out-side for a trim effect.

    Try this on a scrap to see if one stitch is enough or if you need two stitches at the V.

    You will be receiving more suggestions....good luck.


    Have you seen the Nurse fabrics, embroideries an T-shirts at Lorilie Designs website.  I'm thinking of doing something from her website for my grandson's nurse (he has Crohns and is at the hospital quite a bit.)



    Edited 5/24/2007 1:43 pm ET by spicegirl1   changed wording of interfacing to facing

    Edited 5/25/2007 11:43 am ET by spicegirl1

    1. mustsew | | #2

      Thanks, Spice, for your quick response.

      I will try your method on scraps.  Sounds like a good one.  If it works for you, I should be able to do it too!  Have made several over the years but gave up 'til this last one just because of that gusset.  Other than that, they sew up so quickly and she sure does appreciate them.

      Funny you should mention Loralie's Designs.  Was just looking on Fabric Depot.com yesterday to see what was available.  Will have to make one called 'Happy Staff Tossed' - DD will get a kick out of that one.  They have a once a month 40% weekend sale and are 30% off rest of the time.  Don't know if you're familiar with them or not.  They are a great company to deal with.

      Off to try your method. 

      Thanks, again,


      PS:  So sorry to hear about your GS's problem.  I'm sure his nurse would be tickled with anything you made her.  

      Edited 5/24/2007 2:59 pm ET by mustsew

  2. Crazy K | | #3

    I have not used the McCalls pattern for scrubs but I have made several tops (and pants) for my step-son who is also a nurse.  I used the Kwik Sew pattern for men's scrubs.......there is a ladies version also.  I really like the way the neckline goes together on that.  It uses a bias set-in forming an overlap V in the front and the back is just a facing.  I'm not describing it well but it works and lots great when complete.  I wish I had taken some photos of his shirts but I did not.  He likes the pants on that pattern as well because it has set in pockets on the sides plus large patch pockets on each leg with one side having a smaller 'pager' pocket on top of the patch pocket.  I also added a back hip pocket with velcro for him to keep his wallet on him since the lockers where he works are not secure.

    I haven't answered your question but maybe have given you an option for future projects..........


    1. mustsew | | #4

      Hi, Crazy K:

      I will have to look for that pattern next time at Walmart.  I've looked on the web at it but was hard to tell by their description and picture. 

      She wanted a 'Sponge Bob' one and could only find one site that had one 1 3/4 piece of fabric left.  McCalls fit that perfectly.  The gusset was not cut on the bias - maybe that's the key.  Also, had the small, separate back facing piece.

      She likes the novelty fabrics.  Works in ER and not only do they start up a conversation with some adults but help calm the young ones.

      Thanks so much for info,


      1. Crazy K | | #5

        My step-son works in a facility where they care for lots of people with severe brain damages due to accidents, etc.  He likes the colorful ones also but its hard to find things that are suitable for a man.  I did find some Disney fabric with Donald Duck and one with Taz.....he likes those.  I also have a hard time finding things with enough poly to make them wrinkle-free.  I don't know that he owns an iron......or would use it for works clothes!! ha ha

        I looked at the the Kwik Sew website and the top looks like its made the same in the front as the men's version.  The back looks different.  The men's version has a separate yoke with pleats for ease in the back.  The pants don't have all the pockets but that may not be the issue.

        Good luck!


        1. mustsew | | #6

          Hi Crazy!

          I went to the Kwik-Sew website and I am so glad I did.  Found a scrub with a round neckline! ~ #3347~ Yay, no gusset.  Ordered it from Sewingpatterns site.  Takes more fabric than the McCalls one but that's fine.  Almost ordered the one you recommend, too, but for now will see how this one goes and fits.  Kwik-Sew has some great patterns.

          Finding the novelty fabric is yet another challenge.  And the blends, too.  Found some Scooby Doo (her request) at Bearpawquilting.com.  They have a fairly nice selection of novelties but all 100% cotton.  (No, not associated with them but find they are good to deal with)

          These items have both shipped this past week.  Can't wait for them to get here.  Will keep you tuned in on my progress.

          Thanks so much for the info,





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