For more than a year I’ve frequently heard Beatrix crying out, “Nurse Naaaaaancy. I need a baaaaaand aid!” Beatrix loves to be the patient, and Larkspur loves to play Nurse Nancy. Last year, for her fifth birthday, Larkspur requested a Nurse Nancy dress. I meant to sew her one, I really did. I was overwhelmed at the thought of creating something without a specific pattern to do so though, and it never happened. This year for her birthday, once again, Larkspur requested a Nurse Nancy dress. I was a bit more prepared as I had spent the previous year thinking about how I would go about creating one, and looking for the patterns to help. I still didn’t finish it in time for her birthday.
I ended up using several patterns for the dress. I used the actual pattern pieces from a Citronille pattern that looks similar to Nurse Nancy’s dress. The pattern is in French though, and between that and the fact that I wanted to modify it to create a lined dress, I followed the directions from my Oliver + S bubble dress pattern. I also spent some time with a friend’s lovely French speaking grandmother and she helped me figure out how to add the collar.
The apron I created myself. I went round and round about how to add the little blue crosses to the apron and cap, and had originally planned to add them with fabric paint. I think that would have looked better than the embroidered crosses that I ended up adding. Friends suggested reverse applique, but I was not up for it, and Larkspur didn’t care one way or the other.
Regarding the nurse’s cap: it’s pretty goofy. It didn’t turn out quite how it was supposed to. I may have another go at it. But, more than likely, I won’t because Lark thinks it’s fine. She is so glad to have the official outfit to go with her little case of bandages (but she still needs a stethoscope she says!) While the right clothes aren’t always essential, in our case, they are making one six year old nurse very happy. And this mommy is so pleased to check the “Nurse Nancy dress” of her list.