Something else we didn't learn in school--re: caps & stripes

  1. Can anyone help me? I finally broke down and bought a cap. Purely sentimental symbolic stuff. i started bawling in the car for some reason but hubs was totally pleased I only plan to wear it for ceremonial occasions.

    But === it's plain white, and I know it's supposed to have a blue stripe, but that's about all I know.

    So for those of you who had to wear a cap, what kind of fabric do you use for the stripe? and do you glue it or tack it on?
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  2. 26 Comments

  3. by   memphispanda
    My cap is plain white. I think the style and any design/color to the cap is specific to the school you attended.
  4. by   fab4fan
    Go to a fabric store and look at velvet trim in different shades of blue.

    We fastened out stripes with small blobs of superglue. Our stripes were given to us by the school of nursing.

    You might try www.kayscaps.com; maybe they have stripes you can buy.
  5. by   memphispanda
    http://www.civilization.ca/hist/infirm/inban01e.html

    Here's some information about the bands on nursing caps.
  6. by   prmenrs
    We had a black velvet 1/4" stripe. No super glue, the nun STAPLED them on!!
  7. by   WalMart_ADN
    our school's caps had a navy blue strip 1/4 inch down from the top....every school is different...that's the symbolic part!
  8. by   fab4fan
    Originally posted by prmenrs
    We had a black velvet 1/4" stripe. No super glue, the nun STAPLED them on!!
    They stapled the cap onto your head??? OUCH!! LOL!!
    We had 1/4" black velvet too, but the nuns had nothing to do with our caps. Our grad. caps had no stripes but were huge and looked like a nun's habit (hmmm...wonder where they got that idea).
  9. by   kaycee
    No stripe on mine but it was soooo big it made you look like the flying nun. Glad it's history!!!
  10. by   RadRN2
    Good old KY jelly works! Someone should write a book, "1001 Uses for KY Jelly". The RN stripes used to be black and the LPN stripes were blue and yellow, but maybe that was my state? I wore a cap when I was an LPN (26 yrs ago). Kept getting knocked off by the overhead ortho frames on the beds! Never even bought one when I got my RN. Haven't missed it!
  11. by   Jenny P
    Sleepyeyes, go to your school of nursing and ask them for the style of the cap they had (there are MANY different styles of caps) and also about stripes, etc. You need to wear the right cap if you are going to wear one (heaven knows you wouldn't want to wear a cap for a different school!). The ribbons were either velvet or satin, and KY jelly was the "glue" used to keep the stripe on. We used to scrub our caps with a small stiff brush and Ivory Snow flakes, then slap it onto the side of the frig to dry. We didn't wash them often because they were a pain in the butt to clean and then to work with once they were dry- if you folded it wrong, it would not fold right again until you'd rewashed it.

    My cap was a large wide one with a 1/4" black velvet stripe across it; it had a little tab that you ran a hair comb into in front (and I used to make a pincurl of my hair on top to hook the comb through because my hair is fine), then 2 bobby pins in back-- but they were not supposed to show so you only hooked the bobby pins to the hidden flaps underneath the button flap.
  12. by   Sleepyeyes
    Thanks, all!! I so appreciate your answers and advice!
  13. by   WalMart_ADN
    i bet they stapled the stripe, not the CAP?!?!?
  14. by   Stargazer
    KY Jelly? Seriously? Didn't it get all--um, goober-y?

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