Threads of Love
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
This is a unisex gown open at center back. The pattern includes 3 sizes based on the weight of the infant: Size A (1-3 pounds), Size B (3-5 pounds) and Size C (6-9 pounds). We have found that the hospitals do not really need of the smallest size.
Fabric suggestions: Any soft, lightweight cotton or cotton blend fabric such as batiste.
Fabric yardage: One dress requires a half (1/2) yard of 45 inch wide fabric. Note: See additional yardage requirements for matching bonnet and blanket.
Notions: Thread to match fabric color; 18" length of 1/8" satin ribbon for back closure, cut into two 9" sections. Lace edging maybe substituted for sleeve bands. Purchase 12" and cut into two 6" sections.
Sewing Instructions: All seams unless otherwise specified are 1/4" wide. Seam finishing is optional. Appropriate choices would be serging, zig-zagging, or pinking.
The yoke is self-faced. Before proceeding, outer front yoke section may be embellished with your choice of decorative design, ex. embroidery, applique, hand painting. This is optional.
1. With right sides together, pin yoke sections along center back (CB) and neckline seams. Slip one 9" length of ribbon between yoke layers on each side and position ribbon perpendicular to CB, and at the neckline edge. Pin in place, with end extending slightly beyond seam allowance (Figure 1).
2. Stitch smoothly around curve of neckline, starting at center front (CF) and going first to the right, then to the left. At neckline/CB, position needle in corner of intersection, raise machine presser foot and pivot fabric. Lower presser foot and continue stitching down CB to notch 3/8" from raw edge (Figure 1).
3. Clip neckline from raw edge to but not through stitching line. Wedge off line/CB seam allowance 1/8" from stitching line (Figure 2).
4. Press seams open with point of iron. Tun to right side. Press flat. Hand or machine baste armholes of yoke layers, 1/8" from seamline, to hold together while setting in sleeves.
5. Stitch two rows of gathering threads 1/8" apart along cap and bottom edges of sleeves between notches, leaving thread tails on both ends. The first row should be on the 1/4" seamline. The second row should be 1/8" inside the seam allowance (Figure 3).
6. Pull the bobbin threads on the sleeve edge, distributing gathers evenly, until the notches on the gathered edge match the notches on the sleeve band (Figure 3).
7. With right sides together, pin notched edge of sleeve band to gathered edge of sleeve (Figure 4). Stitch. Press seam allowance toward band.
8. Press band up along foldline. Finish inside edge of band by folding under raw edge to 3/16” inch. Pin and stitch in place by hand or by stitching in the ditch from the front side (Figure 5).
9. Gather sleeve cap to fit basted armhole between notches. Pin in place, distributing gathers evenly. Stitch.
10. Press under 1 "at CB seam along foldline. Fold under raw edge of seam allowance ¼” and stitch along fold (Figure 7).
12. With right sides together, pin lower edge of outer front yoke to top edge of skirt, matching notches and side seams. If desired, fine bias covered cording can be inserted in seam' between yoke and skirt at this time. Stitch, being careful not to catch inside of yoke. Press seam allowances toward yoke (Figure 8). Finish inside yoke edge by turning up seam allowance. Pin and stitch in place, by hand or by stitching in the ditch from front side.
15. Turn up lower edge to form a 2" hem. Press. Clean finish raw hem edge by turning under 1/4" and stitching along fold (Figure 9).
This T-shaped bonnet can be made from the same fabric as dress. It can be embellished using trim such as fine bias piping or lace edging, or by embroidery, appliqué or hand painting.
Size A: 9 1/2" x 2"
Sewing instructions: All seams are 1/4" wide.
16. With right sides together, pin and stitch two rectangles along all edges, leaving a 3" opening at center along one of the long sides. Wedge corners, turn cleanly and press (Figure 10). This is the front bonnet section. It will tie under chin.
17. Fold remaining rectancle in half and stitch along side lengths. Wedge corners, turn cleanly and press (Figure 11). This will be the back bonnet section. Place back piece into 3" opening and top stitch (Figure 11).
This blanket can also be made from the same fabric as dress. Cut one layer of fabric to the dimensions below. Corners may be rounded off. Trim as desired.
Size A: 22" X 22"