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does any one know where I can find a pattern for a hospital gown or a dress that opens in the back that would be comfortable for a bed patient?

-- dot (, May 08, 2002


Well, not exactly, tcouldn't you just find a real simple loose gown or nightshirt pattern, cut it open down the back and bind the raw edges with hem tape or binding and add ties? I'd think it would be pretty easy to do (course I can say that as its not me doing it.)

-- Kelly (, May 08, 2002.

Kelly.........that does work very nicely, we did it for my grandmother. We just took a comfy dress pattern and did as you suggested and also sewed ties at the neck and mid-back as in a hospital type gown.

-- diane (, May 08, 2002.

It's been a few years but I do remember seeing a pattern in one of the pattern books at the fabric store. Seems like it was McCalls or Simplicity. I think it was in the section for other hospital uniforms and scrubs.

-- Bren (, May 08, 2002.

Those ties in the back are miserable to lie on. Make the ties long enough to come around to the front or use the extra soft velcro. Just a suggestion from one who has "been there". :) LQ

-- Little Quacker in OR (, May 08, 2002.

Could anyone tell me why those gowns have to tie in the back that way? Spometimes leaving the person's back exposed? What is the purpose of this design, I would love to know the reason. Sorry if it's slightly off subject.

-- Rebekah (, May 09, 2002.

Humiliation!!! I am so happy to have a doctor now hwo does not make you completely undress for a sore throat, or sinus infection. I think they should have velcro on them...

-- Melissa in SE Ohio (, May 09, 2002.

Use a "shell top" and flare out down the sides to length desired. Just add to the armhole area out to form a drop off shoulder and curve out from underarm part to form short sleeve. Make it large enough to be roomy and comfy. A designed fabric is much more appealing than a pastel dull color.

I made a pattern for my gyn. one time so he would have gowns large enough for overweight women. He did not have them made, retired instead!!LOL!! His gowns covered the front but missed a mile in the back.

On of the nurses said they made gowns making a circle and fastening under the arm.


-- Marie (, May 09, 2002.

thanks for all the neat ideas. I can't do much of any thing without a pattern. I'm sure I saw one in a pattern catalog at one time but when I looked yesterday I couldn't find one. I think I'll e-mail the pattern companies and see what they say.

-- dot (, May 09, 2002.

Another option might be to make a surplice (is that what it's called?) top or gown where the triangles that normally cross in front and tie in back or on the side (some bathrobes have ties sewn in so that the inside front (tied to a side seam) doesn't gap open) would cross in BACK and tie in front. Might want to try the idea out by wearing your robe backwards to see how much extra fabric you'd need.

-- GT (, May 09, 2002.

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