How to make a hospital gown


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this pattern and sewing instructions!


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Extra Large  

  • Fabric: Four yards 45" wide cotton or cotton poly plain weave, or twill, waterproof or stain resistant finish a plus. 

  • Elastic: 14" strip of 1/2" wide

  • Waist ties: Four 18" long by 1" wide 

  • Bias Binding: 1/2" or 5/8" for neckline 31" long

  • Neck ties: Two 12" long  by 1/2" wide 


  • Fabric: Four yards 45" wide cotton or cotton poly plain weave, or twill, waterproof or stain resistant finish a plus

  • Elastic: 12" strip by 1/2" wide

  • Waist ties: Four 18" long by 1" wide

  • Bias binding: 1/2" or 5/8"  for neckline 26" long

  • Neck ties: Two 12" long by 1/2" wide


-You can use ribbon, hem tape, twill tape, or grosgrain for the ties. If you do not have trim use the pattern pieces included to make your own ties. 

-If you do not have elastic for the wrist you can opt to overlock or hem the sleeve.


Layout front gown along the fold, cut 1 on fold.

Layout back gown along selvage, cut 2.

Layout sleeve open, cut 2.

Trace pattern with marker, pen, chalk, or pencil. Be sure to mark where the ties get sewn with a large dot or X.

Cut out the pieces. Be sure to notch the center of the sleeve cap.


Patterns are made with 1/2" seam allowance unless otherwise noted. 

Important Note: Raw edges should be overlocked or sewn with French seams.

For French seams:  Sew fabrics with wrong sides together at 1/4," then turn fabric and sew with good sides together at 3/8," this will enclose raw edges so gowns last longer through multiple washings. 

For each neck tie and waist tie, on one end only, turn under 1/4" twice and top stitch it down. On the other end; fold under the raw edge of each neck tie 1/2," and fold under the raw edge of each waist tie 1." Pin the folded end of each tie to the gown, see sketch below for location details. Secure ties in place, at marked locations, by top stitching a square around the folded portion with an X in the center.  

Sew the shoulders at 1/2" and overlock edges or French seam.

Sew on the sleeves at 1/2" and overlock edges or French seam.

Cut the elastic into two 7" lengths for the XL or two 6" for M. Sew elastic on the wrong side along the edge of the sleeve hem, stretching as you sew, distribute the ease evenly.

Sew the side seams and underarm seam at 1/2" and overlock edges or French seam.

Hem sleeve,turn up 1/2" and then another 1/2" encasing the elastic, top stitch. 

Hem gown with a 1" rolled hem.  

Sew bias binding on the neckline (finishing at 1/2" wide or 5/8"). It is not necessary to turn under the bias binding at the start or finish; it can be left raw. 

If you need to make your own trim: 

Waist ties are 18” long by 2" wide, length is on straight grain, finishes to 1”wide sewn.

Neck ties are 12” long by 1" wide, length is on straight grain, finishes to 1/2” wide sewn.


Bias binding should be ½” wide finished, so the pattern should be:

1 ½” wide by 31” long for the XL, cut on the BIAS  

1 ½ “ wide by 26” long for the M,  cut on the BIAS

Flat Sketch Spec

Shows placement of ties. 

A. Secure front tie to good side on wearer's left side.

B. Secure ties to good side of wearers left and right side.

C. Secure tie to good side wearer's left side.

D. Secure tie to wrong side side wearer's right side.

E. Secure a tie on the wrong side of the wearer's right back gown.

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