How to Make a Hospital Delivery Gown

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As an expectant mother in the hospital for delivery, no woman wants to wear the unflattering gowns provided by the facility. Your husband might have the video camera rolling, and there will certainly be pictures before and after the delivery itself that feature you in your gown. Why not make your own hospital gown and have something comfortable and pretty to wear on your baby's big day?

Things You'll Need

  • 10 sheets copy paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • 3 yards 100% cotton fabric, 45 inches wide
  • Iron
  • Straight pins
  • 4 pieces of 1 inch by 12 inch fusible interfacing
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • 2 buttons, 1 inch each
  • 6 pieces Velcro, 2 inches each
  • 4 pieces grosgrain ribbon, 9 inches long each
  • Serger
  • Print the hospital gown pattern found at the Lazy Girl Designs website. You can make additional notes on the pattern pieces with your own pencil, as needed, while you work.

  • Cut the pattern pieces and assemble them according to the packet instructions on page two of the pattern. Use tape to bind the seams of the pattern pages together into solid pieces so that you can use them as you would use any store-bought pattern.

  • Wash and iron your fabric prior to any cutting. This will prevent the fabric from shrinking after it has been sewn, causing it to fit improperly.

  • Fold the fabric with the wrong sides together and the selvages touching. This will give you a long, narrow length of fabric.

  • Pin the pattern pieces to the fabric.

  • Cut the fabric around both pieces. You now have two back pieces and two front pieces.

  • Unpin the pattern pieces and set them aside. You won't need them any longer.

  • Iron the four pieces of fusible interfacing to the four shoulder pieces, two in the front and two in the back.

  • Make a button-hole on each side of the neckline on the front gown pieces.

  • Sew a button in the corresponding locations on the back gown pieces.

  • Apply Velcro at even intervals to the remainder of the shoulder seams.

  • Sew the front and back pieces together by stitching the side seams along both sides of the gown.

  • Sew the grosgrain ribbons as ties at the neckline and gown center in both the front and back of the gown.

  • Serge the raw edges at neckline, sleeves and hem.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don't have a serger, you can finish the raw edges with double-fold bias tape in a corresponding color to the gown's fabric.
  • Be sure to use only 100% cotton fabric, as synthetics can interfere with stethoscopes and other hospital apparatus.

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