Showing posts with label maternity gown. Show all posts
Showing posts with label maternity gown. Show all posts

Monday, November 22, 2010

{news flash}

It's a rare morning that I turn on the early morning news, but the morning of September 8th was a different morning, as for some reason that day, I turned on the early morning news. I saw a very interesting clip that morning on Diane Von Furstenberg, who was launching a redesign of the traditional hospital gown. 
Diane Von Furstenberg's new design
This clip grabbed my attention because I had just finished designing my own new design for a hospital gown. I wrote an email to wkrn news, which is our abc local Nashville news channel and told them that I enjoyed the clip about the hospital gowns that morning and that I also had just designed a new style hospital gown. I sent them a link to my blog post of when I was designing my new style hospital gownThe gown that I designed was specifically made for my daughter, who is a labor & delivery nurse and she also was pregnant for her first baby. Imagine my surprise when I  immediately got an email in return asking if I would be interested in being featured on "Positively Tennessee", which features locally owned businesses and economic success! I was thrilled at the opportunity to get the word out about my newly designed gown and the possibility of marketing them. I wrote back and said that I would be interested! They set up a date and time to come to my house for the interview, and then panic reality sunk in - "what in the world have I gotten myself into this time?!" LOL!  
The day arrived quickly when Julie Kroenig and her cameraman showed up at my house to do an interview. I was both excited and nervous! They were at my house in my sewing room for nearly two hours! I was thrilled that they covered pretty much every aspect of my sewing, along with the main feature about my hospital gowns. If you didn't see it posted on facebook,  here's the story:

I made two gowns for my daughter when she recently had her baby. She wore one for labor & delivery and then she had another fresh new one for after she had her baby. She received many compliments on her Trendy Hospital Gowns while she was in the hospital.

For more information on The Trendy Gown, please click here!

Monday, August 23, 2010

{pretty in pink}

Last week I designed and tested out my new pattern for a hospital gown - I shipped it off to my daughter, who is 32 wks pregnant and had her try it on. I am pleased to announce that it was a success! YAY! I was eager to stitch up another one with the pretty pink fabric I purchased. I really didn't like the ribbon I had picked out, so bought some more, which I ended up not liking either. While cleaning my sewing room today, (yes, I really do that every now and then!) I found a spool of the perfect ribbon - I was sooo happy! I thought I would share pictures of the newest gown and how it might look with a pregnant tummy! I strapped on a pillow to my dress form, which hopefully gives you an idea of how it drapes on a baby belly! If my daughter allows it, I will try to take pics of her in it next weekend!
Hospital gown on a baby belly!
The front crosses & ties to either side
to make it easy for breastfeeding
A nearly hidden buttonhole allows
for the ribbon to pass thru to
the inside or outside depending
on which side is crossed over
the other.
Inside tie
Crossed to the opposite sided & tied!'s soooo easy!
Snap shoulders makes it easy
to open for any monitors &
wires that might be needed.
Gown snaps all the way down
the back for privacy!

Gown crosses in front to the left or the right!
What I really love about this gown is that it's not only pretty in pink, but it's soooo feminine! The empire waist gives definition to the waistline. This gown is not only pretty, but it's functional; it can be worn with all monitoring devices, including an epidural, so doctors don't have to worry about it interfering with the birth process. It also will make the new mama feel a little more feminine on those long walks up and down the hallway begging for the baby to get a move on! Another great feature is that it opens in the front and it opens in the back - the gown can be completely opened out of the way (while keeping the breasts covered) when the baby arrives, so that none of the birthing mess gets all over the gown, if the mom should decide to wear it during delivery. Another great feature is that it's not just for maternity - this pretty hospital gown would be great for anyone!
I'm so excited for my new grandson to arrive and I think my daughter is going to look so pretty in pink on her delivery day!
Thanks for all of your feedback on this gown pattern from my previous post! I will soon be offering this as an ePattern!
*My next blog post will begin a series on how to smock a bishop from beginning to end including cutting out the pattern pieces, pleating it, smocking it and finishing it! I hope to include much of this as video tutorials! :)

P.S. Please don't miss out on entering in my giveaway at Brer Rabbit's Blog!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

{a day of designing}

Today I had a few hours to myself in my sewing room and was able to put what was in my head, on paper, then apply that to fabric and it appears as if I had a successful day! I won't know for sure tho, until it is tried on a REAL person, but it sure looks cute on my dress form!
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 faded & used drab and ugly, so I wanted her to have something pretty for her special day when her sweet baby arrives. That is what inspired me to create this maternity/nursing hospital gown! You know, I could have purchased her a gown similar to this, but since I love a challenge and had specific features I thought would make for a great before and after birth gown, I decided to get to work and design one! 
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!
Snap back
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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