Saturday, December 29, 2012

Standard Designer 3804 - Surgical Gown and Cap


This one could use a little research.  I don't have enough context to know whether this is really intended for medical use or is a costume pattern.  The only other costume pattern I have from Standard Designer dates to about the same time but is in an entirely different number range.

Just a few years earlier during WWI, the Red Cross authorized patterns for surgical gowns, so the idea of home-sewn medical wear isn't entirely new.

This unprinted pattern and its envelope both show signs of wear.


Bunnykins said...

Co-incidentally, I watched several 1939/40 Young Doctor Kildare movies on the Movie Network this week. All the doctors in the hospital were wearing something similar for every day, but it was a white tunic and pants. The tunic was shorter and buttoned at one shoulder, had a cloth belt that must have buttoned in the back and ended mid-thigh. It had the same high collar. This pattern looks like surgical gowns, but I don't remember any scenes in the movies that were set in operating rooms.

yarnjourney said...

I just found your blog and I love it. Thanks. I am interested in utilitarian clothing too. Just as the pattens are lost, most utilitarian clothing was worn out, so not many examples remain. It is wonderful that you are sewing up some of your patterns.

Susan Stuklis said...

I doubt that this is a costume. I've been nursing for 35 years and until recently our hospital had a sewing room. Many uniforms and hospital requirements were made in the sewing room. Hospitals had their own laundries and kitchens too. Back then, it is possible that the nurses made these garments after hours or, they could have been commissioned by the matron at the time according to the needs of the hospital. Nurses working in operating rooms have been responsible for the creation of many items required for surgery, doing a lot of work behind the scenes.