Hospital Gown

Hospital Gown - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}
What to wear in the hospital?

That is one of the biggest questions when you’re about to deliver a baby.

My plan all along was to wear the hospital gown they provide, despite how ugly they are, for many practical reasons.

Then a few weeks before I am due, I thought about it a little more
and wanted to wear something cute, but functional.
And while laying in bed for hours trying to fall asleep, I came up with this idea!

You can make your own hospital gown out of a night gown!

- Supplies -

Night gown
Scissors
Solid Grosgrain Ribbon – 7/8″ and 3/8″
Snaps
Needle and thread

I bought the cheapest night gown I could find since I wasn’t sure how this would turn out. But let me tell you, it really works! So you can go for something of a higher quality.

I would choose a night gown that is thicker (not as see through) and a little longer. You might also want to go up a size, but then again, I tried it on at 39 weeks pregnant, and hopefully when I wear it I will be a little smaller. :)

The first step is to cut the sleeve in half.
I followed the pressed line that was already there.

This next part, you can do a number of ways.

You can have the ribbon surrounding the fabric on both sides, hide the ribbon on both sides, or do like I did, and have the ribbon showing on one side and not the other.

If you want the ribbon showing, use the Solid Grosgrain 7/8″.

I had the ribbon showing on the fabric that connects to the back.

Cut your ribbon on one end and seal with your preferred method.

Fold a little of the end of the ribbon down and put it around the fabric of the night gown.

You will want to tuck the fabric in the fold (see the picture) and pin in place.

Continue folding and pinning until you get to the end.
When you get to the end, cut your ribbon and make sure to leave enough to fold under and put the fabric under the same way you did at the beginning.

Then sew using a color coordinating thread and use whatever seam you’d like.
Basically make sure both sides of the ribbon are sewn together.
Back stitch at both ends.

Next, I used Solid Grosgrain ribbon in 3/8″ on the front part of the fabric.
This method doesn’t show the ribbon, only the fabric.

Cut and seal the end of your ribbon.

Then fold the fabric over the ribbon and fold again like the in the pictures shown below.

Then pin in place.

Continue to fold the fabric over the ribbon all along the edge and pinning in place.

Then sew with your color coordinated thread.
Make sure to you sew on the ribbon to secure it in place.

You can use this method for both sides, or the ribbon showing method for both sides.
Either way, it will look great!

Continue on the other sleeve.

Once you are finished sewing the ribbon in place, you will attach the snaps.
You do this by sewing by hand. It’s very easy!

There isn’t a right or wrong way to attach the snaps.
I put the snaps equally far apart from each other.

You may want to make sure to put a snap where your shoulder will go so the sleeve won’t open up as much.

Hospital Gown - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Here is how the snaps will look all snapped up.

Hospital Gown - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I am so excited to have this alternative for my hospital stay!
I will still have the comfort and ease of a gown that snaps up,
but definitely prettier than what they have there!
What more can a girl ask for? :)

Hospital Gown - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions!
Thank you for your wonderful comments!

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9 Comments

  1. Valerie Balmforth
    Posted April 28, 2011 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Just a suggestion. Instead of sewing on snaps, how about velcro dots or a stripe of velcro. It would make it easier with one hand to do it back up. Great idea though.

    • Shirley
      Posted April 29, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

      That would definitely work! These wouldn’t get washed near as much as the hospital ones do, so you wouldn’t have to be worried about the velcro wearing down. Thanks Valerie!

  2. Posted May 1, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    This is such a great idea…thanks for sharing!

  3. Posted May 7, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    Have you thought of snap tape? It would finish the edges and provide already attached snaps, all in one.

    • Shirley
      Posted May 8, 2011 at 11:20 am | Permalink

      I didn’t even know they made that! Thanks for sharing Donna!

  4. MiMi
    Posted July 8, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    You should also cut the back of the gown and add a snap closure. during labor and delivery they need easy access to your back

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 9, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

      Hi Mimi! Thank you for your suggestion. If one wanted, they could cut it, and then use ribbon or bias tape for the edges and just sew in ties just like the hospital gowns too. Thanks MiMi! – Shirley :)

  5. Phyllis Cousins
    Posted December 8, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    You really should do BOTH shoulders; the openings allow a gown to go on without disrupting an IV, and you never know which arm that will be.

    • Posted December 9, 2013 at 11:04 am | Permalink

      Hi Phyllis! Thank you so much for your comment and GREAT idea! Have a wonderful day and thank you again! Michelle :)

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