May 3, 2019

Free TNG medical smock pattern!

As you've probably seen from my TNG medical smock analysis, blog post documenting the smock, and TNG medical smock video tour, I got a lot of mileage out of the screen-used Dr. Pulaski uniform I examined recently.

Free TNG medical smock (Dr. Pulaski uniform) sewing pattern

In addition to measuring every edge, every nook and cranny of the costume, I actually extrapolated a sewing pattern from it, using a technique I learned from a book called 101 Sewing Secrets from the Singer Sewing Reference Library.
101 Sewing Secrets - Singer Reference Library

Basically, this process entails pinning or hand-basting a layer of muslin to the garment and lightly tracing the seam lines, darts, etc. with a pencil.

I did for this every single piece of the smock.

Free TNG medical smock (Dr. Pulaski uniform) sewing pattern

In addition to the shape of the pieces themselves, I also noted the direction of the grain, as well as all the various seam/hem allowances (etc.)

I transferred my muslin pattern to my dot-and-cross pattern-drafting paper, "true-ing" all the seam lines with the various rulers needed and double-checking everything for accuracy.
Free TNG medical smock (Dr. Pulaski uniform) sewing pattern

Then, I added all the appropriate seam/hem allowances to the appropriate edges and traced the pattern onto the large pieces of paper we usually use for our (Bad Wolf Costumes) sewing patterns. 

Luckily for all of you, I play a lot of Tetris, and I managed to cram every pattern piece onto a single 36” x 48” page!

Free TNG medical smock (Dr. Pulaski uniform) sewing pattern

I've since had it scanned at my local copy/print shop, cleaned it up, and digitally labeled it, so it's all ready to go! 

You can download my extrapolated pattern here for free. 

The pattern is a large-format PDF, 36" x 48" black/white. Unless you have a large format printer, you'll need to take it to your local copy/print shop to have it printed.

A few notes on the pattern draft:

  • The finished garment measures approximately 38” around the chest and 33 ½” around waist.

  • The grain lines indicate the crossgrain, not the straight grain! Use the horizontal “weave” of the jumbo spandex as a guide.

  • The neckline trim and yoke piping pieces were extrapolated based on the length of the original seam lines, rather than tracing the actual pieces.

  • There were slight discrepancies on the right and left sides of the garment; I made it symmetrical.

  • I took the liberty of rotating the inner/under-sleeve seam slightly forward so it matched the side seam.

  • I reduced the sleeve hem allowance from 2 ⅜” to an even 2”.

  • The bottom of the original smock was simply cut to length and left unhemmed; I added an optional 1” hem allowance around the bottom.

  • You'll want to allow about ⅛" in any particular direction for "human error!"

I'll be using this pattern as a base and grading it into multiple sizes for my (Bad Wolf Costumes) patterns, and those should be ready soon.

In the mean time, though, I hope you enjoy this free pattern!

My TNG medical smock sewing tutorial will follow soon after the (BWC) pattern, and you should be able to use it with this pattern, too!

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