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Question re: baby daygown pattern - 1/4/2018 7:18:53 PM   
Linda S.

 

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I'm making a daygown for a preemie, and realized I need it to button down the
front... but my pattern is for a back closure. I think I can just switch the opening
from the back to the front, but can you think of any reason why I couldn't do that?

The fabric I'm using is some of my very best and I don't want to make some
little mistake and waste it. The pattern is a little bishop style (with gathers
and not smocking), from Baby Daygowns book IV by Nancy Coburn.

Well shucks. I can't seem to get an addy to copy and paste here to show the
pattern.

Actually, this is my second go'round with this daygown. Don't know what
I was thinking. I've learned preemies this tiny (only about 1 1/2 pounds)
are very small and fragile, and a button down the back gown is hard to
dress them in.

Thanks in advance for your advise. I know this question sounds silly,
but then I'm known for making silly mistakes lol!


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RE: Question re: baby daygown pattern - 1/4/2018 8:41:06 PM   
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Linda, I see no reason you couldn't change the opening from back to front. As an alternative, have you seen Kathy Dykstra's premie set? https://www.etsy.com/listing/473559427/prince-and-princess-preemie-diaper-set This makes up really cute and I believe it could be easily lengthened to daygown length. I'm sure Kathy would be happy to advise you. That's a really tiny baby!!

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RE: Question re: baby daygown pattern - 1/4/2018 8:48:06 PM   
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So sorry, Linda. Kathy's pattern wouldn't do...I just rechecked and it's for a premie, but a 4-5 pound baby, not a 1.5 pound one. Do they even put actual clothing on babies that small in the NICU other than diapers and shirts?

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RE: Question re: baby daygown pattern - 1/4/2018 11:12:38 PM   
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Perhaps you can find a useful pattern to download here: www.southern-stitches.com/weecare-threads-of-love.php

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RE: Question re: baby daygown pattern - 1/5/2018 7:16:51 AM   
Linda S.

 

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Kathy, Thanks for your suggestions. You're right...this is really small, and I hesitated
to mention it but this is a bereavement gown that will probably be needed. I'm guessing
at the size but it should be about right.

Nancy's pattern book has quite a few preemie sizes, and this is the smallest to fit a 1 1/2 lb.
baby. She also offers a preemie size that is 5-6 lb., and when I saw that I thought
many full term babies are about that size. I've seen other preemie patterns in this
range too. I'll take a look at Kathy's patterns for the future, thanks for the info.

Thanks Neva. I just needed to bounce this off of someone. It's a silly question,
now that I think of it ; ). I' made several that are back closure before knowing
the front closure is preferred. Since these are so small, there is little room to
embellish with pretty embroidery or lace, so the small space that the front provides
(without the opening taking space) is welcomed...but I'll just have to make do : ).

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RE: Question re: baby daygown pattern - 1/5/2018 8:28:39 AM   
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I believe this type of gown sometimes has only a closing at the neckline. This would make it easy to dress the precious baby, and you could also make it so pretty with a 1-piece front. Prayers for the family.

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RE: Question re: baby daygown pattern - 1/5/2018 9:38:08 AM   
Linda S.

 

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Dana,

Thanks for your suggestion. I would like to have the front to embellish, since as
I mentioned there is very little room for anything, with an opening down the front.

But I'm having a hard time picturing an opening just at the neckline. Do you mean
one that slips over the head? Maybe I'm not picturing this right. I had heard that
that nurses like to lay the baby down on an open garment, then button or snap
it closed from the front.

I've not spoken with a hospital about this, and only know what I've read online.
So I could be wrong.

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RE: Question re: baby daygown pattern - 1/5/2018 11:16:31 AM   
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Update: Dana, I called the hospital today where this little one will be delivered,
and the nurse who works with preemies said she prefers a gown that just snaps
in the back. Just as you said. Open all the way in the back.

I'm glad I hadn't sewn this up yet before talking to her. Apparently, opinions
vary depending on the hospital (?).

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RE: Question re: baby daygown pattern - 1/5/2018 7:47:07 PM   
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Glad you got your answer.

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RE: Question re: baby daygown pattern - 1/5/2018 9:42:41 PM   
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I haven't made these myself but it seems to me a simple ribbon or bias tie at the back neckline would work too either with a partial or full back opening. Such a sad occasion to sew for but I'm sure the parents appreciate something lovely for their little baby.

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RE: Question re: baby daygown pattern - 1/6/2018 6:59:42 PM   
Linda S.

 

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That is a good idea Carol. In fact the instructions suggest this as an option.

I've never met the parents who receive a gown I've made, but imagine that
if I was in need of one it would be nice to have it on hand. This last one is
for a girl I know of. It is a very hard time for everyone, and this young mother
is not married and lives with her mother. I feel so sorry for them both. The poor
mother of the young girl who's carrying this baby is heartbroken too, for her unborn
grandchild and also for her daughter. Our children will always be our baby, no
matter how old they get.

I just heard today that I was off on the size...I had guessed at the weight as
average for 7 months, and guessed on the small size since the baby has so
many health problems. I guessed wrong. This little guy has a very good
weight for one his age, and especially with his special condition.
So tonight I'm cutting out another gown....again! But that's ok. Sadly,
someone will be able to use them.

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RE: Question re: baby daygown pattern - 1/6/2018 9:00:52 PM   
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There are several charities who provide these items to hospitals, pregnancy centers, etc. Wee Care from the link Nananeva gave you is one of them but I know there are others probably only a Google away.

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RE: Question re: baby daygown pattern - 1/14/2018 2:06:31 PM   
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Hi,

I have made bereavement gowns and I couldn't find a place to send them. The organization where I heard about it, Newborns in Need said I needed to make a bonnets to go with them, but I couldn't figure out to make them so I still have them. When I read the post, I got thinking about them again and got them out with renewed interest to find a place to take them. I wish you luck in making the gown for the sweet baby. God Bless you for your work. I have posted again with the photos of the gowns I have made. They might give you some ideas. I have a friend who is a NICU nurse who explained to me that if these babies have passed away before they are born, their skin is quite fragile so the nurses need gowns that do not require a lot of handling the babe.

I think it ended up showing all of my flickr pics. I couldn't figure out how to highlight the gowns only.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/36301652@N07/with/38981945764/

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RE: Question re: baby daygown pattern - 1/14/2018 8:42:13 PM   
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Lucinda, your work is so pretty that I'm glad you posted all of your pics. As to the bereavement items, I know I read somewhere that people make "blankets" so the tiniest babies can be wrapped in something sweet instead of being dressed.

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RE: Question re: baby daygown pattern - 1/15/2018 8:36:30 AM   
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Thanks. I think the blanket is a nice idea. I've only made one out of white cotton knit.

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RE: Question re: baby daygown pattern - 1/15/2018 12:07:18 PM   
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Lucinda: check The Preemie Project in Iowa. They are on the web.

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RE: Question re: baby daygown pattern - 1/16/2018 8:21:32 AM   
Linda S.

 

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Lucinda, Your little gowns are just beautiful...such intricate work and especially for one
so small. It's hard to imagine how tiny some of these are until one sees them in person.

I loved your communion dress too....you do such nice work!

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