You can read Part 1 and 2 of this post here.

I made a lot of progress on the gown today, as you’ll see by the end of this post.

In order to cut the fabric correctly, you need a pattern.  A pattern for a garment is the equivalent to a blueprint for a building.  It gives you the instructions needed to “build” the garment.  Here is a photo of the pattern I constructed for the hospital gowns, sitting on top of the fabric.  How you fold the fabric and place the pattern makes a BIG difference in the result you get from the fabric.  If you don’t do it right you can end up with fabrics running in different directions, and seams where you don’t want seams.  I use a variety of pins for pinning the pattern to the fabric to hold it in place while cutting it.   I think I’ll do a blog series on sewing tools one of these weeks.


The entire gown is made from this one pattern piece.  It makes one “front”, which is a solid piece from side seam to side seam.  It also makes several types of “backs”.  I use one variation for the maternity gown, another for a standard hospital gown, and a third variation for the larger person wanting a standard gown, or for maternity gown for a petite person.  The child’s gown is made from a smaller pattern.  The pattern also contains my measurements for the patch pocket on the chest that hides the heart monitor opening.  There are lots of other instructions for this pattern, but they reside in my brain.

Photo 1:  Stitches in a raw seam              Photo 2:  Pinking shears cleaning up the previously raw stitched edge.

Photo 3:  A french seam.**    Photo 4:  The front and two back pieces stitched together.

**Almost all of our garments are constructed with french seams.  All raw edges are completely enclosed so there is no fraying, raveling, or itchy seams.  It takes more fabric and longer to sew, but it epitomizes quality.

Adding the snap tape at the shoulders requires ironing, measuring, and stitching over some very bumpy snaps!

Lots of hems on this gown.  Both edges of the two back pieces, as well as the bottom edge of the gown are hemmed.

The neck and armholes are finished with a beautiful “ice mint” colored trim.  And the bottom hem is satin on both sides; it looks pretty and feels great!

The next post we will finish up the gown by adding the pocket, ties and velcro (to keep it closed in back)!

These are perfect for baby shower gifts, or for yourself.  Each one is customized.  You pick the fabric and trim colors.