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 –
Solid Grosgrain Ribbon – 7/8″ and 3/8″
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.
Here is how the snaps will look all snapped up.
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? 🙂
Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions!
Thank you for your wonderful comments!