In case you can't tell, it's a maternity/nursing hospital gown! My daughter is pregnant with her first baby, and she is a L&D nurse, so she's gotten to see alot of moms, and some of them have had cute gowns for their hospital stay. Most hospital gowns are so
After I put pencil to paper and designed the gown, I then cut it out and draped it on my dress form to make sure that it was working the way I had envisioned it.
The next goal was to give it an empire waist, which was my daughter's request. While the gown was on my dress form, I planned out where the cinched waist would be.
Using bias tape, I created a casing for ribbon.
I wanted this gown to have many of the features of a regular hospital gown, so snaps were in order for the shoulders. This allows easy access for her nurses and doctor and also doubles it's use for easy access to breast-feeding.
Snap shoulder of gown
Another feature I wanted was for the back to snap, rather than a typical hospital gown where it ties in the back. How many hospital gowns have you worn that the ties were missing and you
showed your butt to the world ahem, flashed everyone in the hospital? I hate that! This gown snaps all the way down in the back, so there will be no worries of, ummm, flashing anyone!
It opens easy if need be, but doesn't give anyone a peek
at your "sweet cheeks" when you are up and about!
I designed the front with an easy over-lap opening, which allows for the gown to completely open out at the front. This works great for monitors that are connected to the belly during labor. The front crosses over either way and ties to the side. This is a great feature, as breast-feeding moms need to keep track of which breast they nursed their baby on - it will be easy to remember just by seeing which side the front is tied to.
The empire waist can be cinched up as much or as little as you like, making this great for wearing during pregnancy as well as after the baby arrives!
Front & back view
I shipped the gown off to my daughter this afternoon and she should have it tomorrow - if all looks good, then I will get busy and make her another one with this adorable fabric!
I'm not real sure if I like the ribbon tho, so I will be digging thru
my ribbon collection for some other choices.
Another look at the hospital gown!
So what do you think? Should this be a new ePattern?
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