Yes I went to a Firefighter Calendar Party on the weekend!
But a few days BEFORE the event… it came to my attention that it was going to be held at a nightclub… and theme for the night was DOCTOR’S AND NURSES.
Riiiiiiight. I guess I didn’t want to stand out, or dampen the evening with a lack of enthusiasm, so I reluctantly decided that I would dress up as a nurse.
Immediately I looked online for possible costumes and ideas. And here is the range of available nurse costumes you can get.
While the FIRST outfit was very realistic and would allow me to relive my ER days, with Dr “McDreamy” (aka Patrick Dempsey).
The THIRD one, um well… I might get a little bit cold walking from my car to the nightclub.
So I chose to go somewhere in the middle ground :P
And of course, I left it to the last minute.
The day of the event, I went to a costume hire shop and found 3 nurse outfits. Unfortunately none of them fit me, because i am so tiny winy. Argh! So hiring was not an option.
My next option was to drive across the city, hunting for a sized “Karen” nurse’s costume – ugh, no thanks. I don’t have enough time!
Then, out of desperation, I walked across the road to a second hand clothing shop to see what I could find.
A light bulb went off in my head. I decided that I was going to MAKE MY OWN NURSES COSTUME!
I bought this good old Van Heusen cotton shirt in a size XXL, for $5. It had a coffee stain on it, so I washed it and put it out in the sun. Thankfully it was a hot, sunny day and the shirt dried in 10 minutes. It looked brand new!
This DIY thing was VERY risky, because I’m not *that* great with my sewing machine. I don’t know any technical sewing terms. Nor do I know any clever sewing techniques.
I can string up a sewing machine and I can sew straight lines. That’s about it.
Oh and it was 2pm, and I had to pick up my children from school in 45 minutes.
I laid the big white shirt on my dinner table.
I placed a strapless dress (also white) on top of of the shirt, to be a template. Then I traced an outline of my dress, leaving a slight margin. Is that what it’s called? A margin? Sorry, that’s graphic design talk yo.
After drawing a faint line, I pinned the shirt together and I cut the sleeves off, leaving a raw edge.
Then I sewed along my drawn line – ZHOOOOP!
And again on the other side – ZHOOOOP!
(Sewing sound effects are very important when making garments. I’m sure they teach that at fashion school.)
I also bought a red t-shirt for 50 cents.
I cut out a cross.
I sewed the cross to my pocket.
So what do you reckon? You think I can start a new fashion label specialising in nurse costumes? You buy? I could even cut out a few holes here and there for those who want it to be a bit kinkier?
I also took one of the shirt sleeves (yes the arm sleeve fit over my head!) and made it into a little cap.
So there you have it, my nurses costume for the party!