As I sit around and wait and wait and wait for this baby to come I try to keep myself busy making things. One of the things on my list was a cute hospital gown. I’ve seen them around but there is no way I want to pay the $50-$95 they cost. I was more looking for something to wear in the hospital after the baby comes so when people come and visit I actually look somewhat cute.
I found a free pattern online from Lazy Girl Designs that has a pattern for adult hospital gowns and children’s hospital gowns. It doesn’t come with any pictures of the finished product, so I honestly had no idea what it would look like. I kept putting it off and decided I really didn’t one, but then yesterday I was so antsy I needed something to keep me occupied. I decided to go ahead and make one and see how it turned out.
I did make a few changes to it, such as instead of a button and velcro for the top of the sleeves I used some snap tape I had. I figured that would be easier to do up and wouldn’t accidentally come undone if I pulled it getting in or out of bed. Then I used bias tape around the neckline and the sleeves just to add a little more contrast. Then I decided it was too short, so I added a ruffle at the bottom to make it a little more feminine. After I tried it on I decided the back gaped open a little more than I was comfortable using just the two ties the pattern recommended. I added one more in the middle and that seemed to help a lot. The last change I did was to add a removable ribbon around the waist which helped a TON. Otherwise I felt like I was just wearing a regular old hospital gown that is one size fits all and is like a giant bag. This added some shape to it and made me feel a lot better about wearing it.
This is the finished product. To give you an idea, I am 5’10 and added about a 4 inch ruffle (before hemming and sewing on) so it hits me about mid kneecap. I do think it was a little big and I would have preferred a little more fitted, but I had no idea what the fit was before I started making it. Please ignore the bad picture of me. It was late at night, I was using a timer on my camera, and I’m just a few days shy of being 39 weeks pregnant.
Here is the back, showing the 3 ties. The pattern only calls for the top and bottom one, but I decided it needed another one in the middle. I also moved the bottom one over about an inch to give me a little more coverage, but I could have moved it over even more for someone my size. There was plenty of material in the back to do so.
Here it is without the tie, so you can see how it looks like a genuine hospital gown. I believe that was the intent of the pattern itself, so they did a great job making it. Oh, I forgot to say that I took out the pocket because I didn’t really see the need of it for a maternity visit.
So there you have it. My homemade hospital gown that I can wear so I don’t feel so frumpy after giving birth. Now if only this kid would arrive so I can try it out. 😉 Patience, right?
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