A couple weeks ago my cousin asked if I could alter a pattern for her. She wanted a cute, maternity hospital gown she could wear. The original one she liked is from MaternalNEST on etsy or Facebook. Luckily I had this pattern in my stash: McCall’s M5656. With just a little altering, it would be just like the hospital gown.

Pattern Alteration for Cute Hospital Gown Tutorial

To do this alteration you’ll need the back yoke piece, the two back pieces and the sleeve piece. You’ll also need a ruler, pencil (I used red), measuring tape, paper to trace onto.

Start with the back yoke piece. I lowered the neckline so that the yoke was 3″ total. I forgot to leave in seam allowance though so make the yoke 3 5/8″ tall. I eye-balled and drew a new neckline seam. Then trace the whole piece with the new neckline. Make sure you trace all the notes, circles, triangles, etc. Write Front on this piece.

Pattern Alteration for Cute Hospital Gown Tutorial

Then instead of having a fold in the center, extend the straight edge out to be the same width as the button front extension on the other pattern pieces. I think it’s 2 3/4″ but you’ll have to double check on the front pattern piece. Copy the words, foldlines, etc.

Pattern Alteration for Cute Hospital Gown Tutorial

Draw the new neckline onto the original piece and write Back. Here are the two pieces side by side. You now have a yoke front and a yoke back.

Pattern Alteration for Cute Hospital Gown Tutorial

You don’t have to change the sleeve pattern at all. Just remember if you want the sleeve to be the same as the cute hospital gown, don’t gather the sleeve edge and sew on the band. Just leave it flowy and hem it with a small hem.

Pattern Alteration for Cute Hospital Gown Tutorial

Next get out the back piece. Don’t confuse it with the side back piece. The side back piece doesn’t need any altering.

Pattern Alteration for Cute Hospital Gown Tutorial

Lay a piece of paper over it. I pushed pins through the tracing paper and pattern into the carpet to keep it still. Trace that back piece.

Pattern Alteration for Cute Hospital Gown Tutorial

Write Front on this piece. Remember to copy all the markings and also extend the center like we did on the front yoke piece. The two extensions should be identical.

Pattern Alteration for Cute Hospital Gown Tutorial

Extension and copied markings.

Pattern Alteration for Cute Hospital Gown Tutorial

Copied hem marking.

Pattern Alteration for Cute Hospital Gown Tutorial

Here are the two pieces, center front and center back.

Pattern Alteration for Cute Hospital Gown Tutorial

Now one last thing you have to check is the circumference of the waist. It’ll need to be big enough to fit around your tummy. The pattern envelope says the finished garment measurement at the hipline but not at the waistline.

Pattern Alteration for Cute Hospital Gown Tutorial

To find the finished waist measurement, measure across the two back pieces at the waistline. Each size will have a different measurement at the waistline. Here I’m measuring the center front and the other half of the measuring is in the next picture.
Pattern Alteration for Cute Hospital Gown Tutorial This pattern piece measures 9 5/8″ across.

Pattern Alteration for Cute Hospital Gown Tutorial

Now measure the side back which is 7 1/4″.

Pattern Alteration for Cute Hospital Gown Tutorial

Here are my scribbles of math. The side back has two seam allowances so you have to subtract 5/8″ twice. The center back has only one seam allowance so you only have to subtract one 5/8″. Once subtracted, add the two numbers together. Multiply this by two. This gives you the total width of the back. Multiply again by two and you get the total circumference. My total circumference was 60 inches. If you need more than what is given, you’ll have to extend the side seam out the amount you need. You can email me if you’d like to see an example, and I’ll post about it.

Pattern Alteration for Cute Hospital Gown Tutorial

All the pattern altering is done.
Wasn’t that easy? The only thing to remember is when cutting out, you need two sleeves, two center fronts, two yoke fronts, 2 side fronts and 2 side backs (this is the same piece which we didn’t alter), 1 yoke back on fold and 1 center back on fold.
Another thing to remember, this pattern calls for a lot of topstitching. If you want to make it easier, omit all topstitching.

Pattern Alteration for Cute Hospital Gown Tutorial

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Author: Heather Handmade

I'm a seamstress and mother. I sew, blog, thrift, upcycle, design fabric, and teach sewing classes. I'm also a self-proclaimed fabric fondler.

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2 thoughts on “Pattern Alteration for Cute Hospital Gown Tutorial

  1. Wow! Wish I would have found this before I had my twins. Way cuter than the hospital mess I had to wear. 🙂

    Posted on January 28, 2011 at 6:22 pm
  2. Thanks so much! Thanks for taking the time to figure this out for me and for posting all of the great pictures.

    Posted on October 4, 2010 at 1:26 pm