***updated with pictures from Delivery Room, see the gown in Action!***
Ladylike. Even. In. Labor. :)
I looovee to look at hospital pictures of new moms - its the first thing I look for when someone has a baby!!!! :) They always look sooo exhausted and strained - yet they have this beautiful "new mom" glow that could never be re-created. It's so precious and tender - and they have this "I DID IT" look of satisfaction and pride! The baby always looks so perfect and loveable all swaddled up ... and then while you're "awwwing" that cute little baby ... your eyes glance to the side and you see the horrible-ness that is a dingy old hospital gown. Such a wonderful and touching time deserves much more than an ugly hospital gown that's been worn by a million moms before you!! :) Yes, I'm sure you "experienced" moms are thinking -- who the heck cares what I look like -- just get that baby out!! haha.
But ... I'm nesting ... and I think I'll care, haha -- so I decided to google a designer maternity hospital gown!! ... and then I saw how much they cost ... we're talking upwards of $60 - for one day!!! I couldn't believe it ... my dream of looking "ladylike during labor" was crushed!! And then I had the brilliant idea of MAKING ONE!! I googled it - and TA DA! I found this website with a free pattern!! Yay!!!
Now the problem was that I had no sewing machine, no idea how to follow a pattern and had never sewn ANYTHING in my life!! Yes, see how this could be problematic? But - I'm a "go-getter", so I bought a sewing machine -- (which I have since used EVERY day and loooveee!), printed the pattern and put it together! It was 10 sheets of printed 8 X 11 paper ... it was big and scary.... I spent about 1 hour just staring at it ... repeating ok - "you can do this! you can do this!"
I finally took the scissors to the fabric and began cutting, pinning and eventually sewing!!!! I sort of just improvised as I went - until all 3 pieces (the front and the two seperate back pieces) were sewn together (don't look too closely at the seams, they are a little crooked, lol). Then I added a little scrap of pink around the bottom to make it longer and added Bias Tape around the seams to make it look "polished". I added a pretty green button on the front for looks (and to cover up a little sewing blimp, shhh) and added a pretty pink ribbon to show off what little waist I have left.
*Please excuse the poor picture quality - this was pre-Nikon D3000! :)
Here's the front ....
Now the back is a little different ... It had to be open (you know how awkward hospital gowns are with your bum showing when you walk around!) - so I made one side a little wider than the other (you know to cover up as much as I can, lol) and added the bias tape all the way down to make it look pretty! I tried it on ... measured where to put the grossgrain ribbon and attached it.
Here's the back ....
I'm the queen of headbands (I'm actually working on a craft right now for a creative way to store them because Tarzan is getting a little annoyed with searching for the toothpaste under a pile of headbands - not that I blame him) so I decided to take some of the extra fabric and make a matching headband!
Here's the headband ...
So VOILA!!!! It's all done and packed and I'm ready for my post-baby photo-op!! :)
Updated with pictures from D-Day! :)
Here's my gown in action!
I got SOOOO many compliments from all the nurses & staff ... they all kept coming in to see it! :)
(I also made Brownies ... which was a big hit!)
2.5 yards of Fabric - $10.50 ($4.19/yd on sale -- Hobby Lobby!)
1 pack of Bias Tape - $1.75
Pink Fabric for bottom - $1.00
Headband - Free, I re-covered an ugly one that I no longer liked! :)
Ribbon scraps - Free, they were left over from another project
Tears of Frustration, Blood from needle pricks & Time - Priceless (haha)
TOTAL cost - $13.25
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