This is my contribution to the local hospital that our local sewing group does each year. We usually do smaller items like walker bags and chemo caps but this year I made two men’s bathrobes because I’d made one for DH last year.
|DH’s Christmas gift last year.|
The challenge here is sewing for an unknown person so the best assumptions I could make by discussing this with some local nurses were:
- Make the body roomy. The patient will probably have an attachment to their body.
- Make the sleeves roomy and end the sleeve above the elbow. The patient may need to have their blood taken regularly.
- Ensure it is long enough to overcome any hospital draughts.
- Use external pockets because the patient will need pockets for their valuables.
- Use fabric that feels soft. The patient may have wounds that are sensitive.
- Secure the belt to the back. Belts often get lost in an industrial washroom.
- Use a dark fabric or a fabric that doesn’t show stains.
|Front view – I know this is sloppy looking but it’s soft, smooth and comfortable.|
With all that in mind I’ve reused Butterick 6837 and made two bathrobes in the largest size.
- I’ve lengthened the body length by 8cm
- Overlocked the seams and hems
- Added interfacing on the collar pieces
- Sewn the tie to the back of the bathrobe
- And let’s face it, made the largest size to cover any patient’s needs.
|There’s no external opening, unlike hospital gowns.|
|This print hides any markings, stains and creases.|