1920s Nurse Uniforms
Women’s 1920 nurse uniforms reflected some of the fashionable trends of the day. The post-WW1 years led to a rise in the hemline, first to the ankle, then calf, and up to the knee by the end of the decade. Dresses buttoned all the way down the front to make putting them on and taking them off easier for the working woman. Pockets were always included, first at the breast and later by the hips. Sleeves were long and cuffed at the wrist. The general shape of the 1920s nurse uniform was long and slender. Collars started out as wide and fold out over the shoulders but moved to wide and long to aid the lean ’20s silhouette. 1920s Nurse Uniforms were usually white and made of cotton chambray or linen. Ladies wore white stockings with their uniforms and black heels such as a basic single strap Mary Jane.
Of course, each hospital and each country had its own take on a nurses uniform. The following are generic nurses uniforms sold via catalogs such as Montgomery Wards and Sears.
Patterns were also available for the home sewer.
Country variations included seperates of skirt and blouse, different styles of caps, white instead of black shoes, black stockings, and shorter sleeves for warmer climates:
Creating a 1920s Nurse Uniform
Modern uniforms with a classic vintage look:
Red Knap Women’s Short Sleeve Work Dress
Adar Universal Fitted Midriff Scrub Dress – Double-breasted coat type
Dress A Med Designer Missy Fit Nurse Dress
Red Cross Hat– 1920s style
Vintage Nurse- Pre 1920s style
Long Aprons- They run small. For teens and small women only
Reproduction 1920s Dresses
LaVieDelight offers a number of white day dresses. Many of these can be adapted into a nurse uniform. They can also make a custom dress as well as plus sizes.
Eshakti– If you can envision a uniform you can probably get in made at eShakti. They have classic shirt dresses in white that can be made to your extra measurements. If you choose custom size, select the “HIGH POINT SHOULDER TO WAIST” and enter a longer measurement for a drop waist style. You can also use the “fabric customization” link at the top or choose a dress in another fabric and have it made in white. I plan to do this for a 1920s tennis dress I need this summer.
Plus Size day dress- could be a good start to a nurse uniform
1930s Nurse uniform– Could be used for a late 20s style with a shorter hemline and lower waist
Late 1920s nurses uniform for a 36 bust
S8914- Could be a late 20s nurses dress with a collar added
S8908- Could be an early 20s nurses dress with a belt added
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