I made these little nurse outfits for Isabella and Juliette this weekend. They were inspired by their Little Golden Book, Nurse Nancy. I had been wanting to make them for a while when I read my friend Ros' (from Sew Delicious) post in facebook saying she was planning to make nurse outfits for her girls inspired by their Little Golden Book, Pepper Plays Nurse. That and the rainy weather we have had this week in Melbourne got me moving to make the aprons, hats and kit out a fresh new case for some rainy day play.
Nurse Nancy was first published in 1952 and features gorgeous illustrations by Corinne Malvern. I have googled her illustrations in the past and they are all gorgeous and wonderfully vintage! In fact, I used a print out of her illustrations to cover two of these wooden letters.
I made the aprons from white cotton drill - a gathered skirt with separate waistband and curved bib. The neck just has elastic to make it easy to pull on and off. The hats are just two triangles with elastic at the back too. The circles are double layer fused with iron on interfacing and the crosses were stitched on white ribbon.
Isabella was totally engrossed in tending to her patients after I set them up in their beds. She loves writing and drawing at the moment and was loving taking very important notes...
I did overcapitalise a bit on the case but it was too cute. I added the blue and white cross emblem to match the aprons.
My favourite line in the book is...."That brand-new bandage looked so fresh and fine that even Tom could smile at it now." The girls' medical kit has an abundance of cheap, no frills band-aids.
Ros and I have synched our Nurse posts today, so make sure you go and check her's out here!! I'm off to have a look now too:)