Hospital gown for my niece in ICU

My niece got in a tragic car accident last week. We were inches away from losing her. She'll be in the hospital for months for rehabilitation and what not. I made her this hospital gown because she would hate to be seen in those hospital-issued ones. I couldn't find any patterns online that I liked, so I reconstructed this from a man's dress shirt. I cut the sleeves to a desired length, cut off the button hole and button band, and used the back for the front by cutting a V for the v neck. I made some bias tape and concealed the sleeve and collar edges. I lengthened it by cutting straight across the bottom and adding panels of cool fabric, and made some lamé bias tape for the bottom. I widened it by adding panels to the back and adding ribbon for tying, and also, between the two panels are 6 velcro tabs to keep her little behind well-hidden.

Please pray for the speedy recovery of my niece. She's a beautiful soul with such a promising future, and the road ahead of her will be full of obstacles.

** If anyone would like to use my pattern for a gift or charity, please feel free. I only ask that this pattern not be used for profit**

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Martina said...

Hi Deedra - oh, i'm so sorry to hear about your niece, it's just horrible if these kind of things happen to kids - or anybody. The dress you made will bring some joy though - so important to be supported in hospital, and have some beauty and fun around, not just sickness. I send a lot of good energy and healing vibes your and her way!

Nicola said...

What a lovely thought and great idea, I think this is wonderful way to lift her spirits some. I'm thinking of you and your family and wishing your niece a fast recovery. Take care xoxo

Deedra said...

Thank you ladies. You know this love you're sending is being received. I truly appreciate it!! I spent the day at the hospital with her and it was great. She's still not 'awake', but she looked at me, and I think registered that I was there, for around 5 minutes. I think this was a record. I just know deep down that she'll be well in the end. She has way too many important things to do on this earth...

Nancy McCarroll - Arts, Crafts and Favorites said...

Great idea! Hope your niece is doing well.

My daughter is in the hospital very often with shunt malfunctions, so I will make a shirt for her using your directions. Thanks! (I am following you!)