This past week I started (and finished) a sewing project which I just had to share with you! I made my own labour gown for when I go to the hospital to have this baby!

A few months ago, I had discovered online a variety of beautiful labour & delivery gowns for sale. When I saw the price I decided against such an investment. I would love to wear something cute on the day our baby is born, but realistically, having been through birth before, I thought the odds of a gown surviving unstained are pretty slim.

However, the thought of these cute gowns nagged at me.

My doula had taken over 50 pictures at my first daughter’s birth.

Even though it was a miraculous, beautiful occasion, I can’t help but look at those pictures and think… yuck!

I also want to go into this birth with a positive frame of mind. Women have been giving birth for thousands of years. It’s normal. It’s natural. It’s not an illness. It’s not something that needs to be “treated”. I then thought if this is the case, why should I play the role of hospital patient and wear an awful hospital gown?

Want a unique hospital gown? I easily made my own hospital delivery gown. All the tips are here!

I did some research and found this great hospital gown pattern online: Lazy Girl Designs 

This pattern is fantastic because it is indeed a hospital gown pattern. There is Velcro along the tops of the sleeves and two ribbons that tie in the back.

Want a unique hospital gown? I easily made my own hospital delivery gown. All the tips are here!

I chose a great blue damask fabric with complimentary chocolate brown ribbon and dressed up the gown with some additional features including:

  • snaps instead of buttons at the top of the shoulders (in all honesty… I can’t sew button holes so snaps are easier… and more convenient)
  • a ribbon trim along the hem of the gown
  • ribbon bow that ties under the breast to give the gown a bit more shape

Want a unique hospital gown? I easily made my own hospital delivery gown. All the tips are here!

I have some fabric leftover, so I think this weekend I’ll whip up a matching fabric headband. So that’s it. The gown is made and packed… awaiting the big day!


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Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool and creator of The Deliberate Mom. Jennifer writes about parenting, homeschooling, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.

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