Sew: Hospital Gown

In today's post I will be showing you how to sew a hospital gown for children age 0-12 years. I make these gowns for the charity I co-found, the Wrap Pyjama Fairies. You may have heard me speak about the charity in my blog post for Child Pj Pants and Wrap Top tutorials. 

What you'll need
  • Fabric
  • Pattern
  • Individual poppers or popper tape.
  • Cotton Tape
    • 1/2" wide
  • Binding
    • Straight cut is fine
    • 1" wide.
    • Can be pre-made or made from same fabric as gown.
  • Usual Sewing Supplies

Printing your pattern
When printing you should print at 100% Scale (or auto-scaling off) and should click auto portrait/landscape (or similar).

Make sure when you print your pattern you start by just printing page 4. This page contains the test square for the pattern to make sure it all prints to scale. If the test square is right then you can print all pages with the same settings.

Now join the pieces together by matching the letters on each page. I use sellotape for this.

Cutting your pieces

1) After cutting out the pattern pieces in the size you are making, pin the pieces to the fabric and cut out the fabric following the pattern piece's curves. You will end up with one front gown piece on the fold and two back gown pieces (mirrored).

2) Use a marking pen or tailor’s chalk to mark the strap placement on the right and wrong side of each gown piece.

3) For the ties, cut six strips of binding that are each 50cm (or 20") long if you are making a garment size 2years or older. If making for under 2 years cut six tabs (binding or cotton tape) no longer than 10cm (or 4")

Adding Ties

If you are making sizes 0-6 months 6-12 months and 12-18 months you will need to make tabs instead of ties. These tabs should be 3-4" long instead of 20" long. These tabs will close by adding poppers or snap tape. Tabs should be placed in the same places as the ties. Tabs can be made of cotton tape or fabric  binding.

If you are making ages 2 years and above, please follow these steps:

1) Fold 1/2" of one raw end of your binding under and press. Now fold the binding in half (encasing raw edges inside). Sew along length of binding to finish. One end of your binding with be finished, the other will be unfinished.

2) Lay the front gown piece with the right side facing up. Place one back gown piece on top of it with right sides together, lining up the shoulders and armholes. Then place the second back gown piece on the other side with right sides together, again lining up the shoulders and armholes. The two pieces will overlap in the middle, as shown below.

3) Now take three of your ties and pin the raw ends in place, according to the fabric markings and the photo below. Notice that two ties will be attached between layers on the left of the gown. On the right of the gown, one tie will be attached on the very top (not between layers) so that it will end up on the inside of the gown. Pin your ties in place and check to make sure they match the photo before moving on to the next step.

4) Without changing the three ties that are already pinned, we are now going to pin our three remaining ties. Instead of attaching on the seam edges, these ties will attach on the outer curved edges of the back pieces. (They will be on the flaps of the gown rather than in the seams.) Using the fabric markings and photo as a guide, pin one tie on the left outside edge and pin two ties on the right outside edge. Check to make sure your gown ties match those in the photo. Also check that all of the ties have their raw edges pinned and their finished edges out.

5) Add a label in between the two ties. make sure the raw edge of the label lines up with the raw edge of the fabric. Remember the label should be writing side up at this point, and logo facing down. 

Pull the three ties on the flaps in the opposite direction and stitch in place.

Constructing Gown
1) Sew along the two under arms and side edges of the gown using a 3/8” seam allowance. Make sure you backstitch at the armpit and when sewing over ties. Serge or zigzag the seam edges to finish them and secure the ties.

2) Snip into seam allowance at armpit. Do not cut through stitches

3) Then sew the remaining three ties in place by stitching the edges, as shown in the photo to the right. Set the gown aside.

4) Finish all of the remaining raw edges, including the neck, sleeve edges, and gown edges. To finish the edges, you may serge and then fold under to stitch in place, or zigzag and stitch, or fold under all raw edges 1/4" twice then stitch, as pictured below.

Using individual poppers
At the top of the shoulders, cut the binding or twill tape to match the width of the shoulder edges. Make sure your binding is folded in half so that it is 1/2" wide with both raw ends folded in so that the ends are finished. Now sew in place in a rectangle. 
Next attach your poppers evenly across the twill, using no more than 5cm spacing between each, number depends on the size of the gown. There is a male and female part of the snaps. The male part (stud) goes on the back pieces of the surgical gown and the female part (socket) goes on the front.

Using snap tape
At the top of the shoulders, the snap tape to match the width of the shoulder edges. There is a male and female part of the snaps. The male part (stud) goes on the back pieces of the surgical gown and the female part (socket) goes on the front. Now sew in place in a rectangle. 
Imagine the white binding is snap tape facing right side up.
Check to make sure the snaps are all functional and that the ties in your finished gown can be tied to their coordinating ties. 

Goodbye For Now!



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