As a twin, my checkups were scheduled with my brother on the same day, with the same doctor, in the same room. I remember loudly complaining when they made us wear hospital gowns. I didn't like the idea of my daddy and twin bro catching a glimpse of my Cinderella underwear through the back of the backless hospital gown.
I'm not a labor expert, but being upset about an open back hospital gown is pretty ridiculous. I mean. I'd much rather have an exposed back than exposed anything else, but obviously, I don't really have much say in that when it comes to labor.
My bone to pick with hospital gowns is that they're ugly, scratchy, and unfamiliar. I think you should have something beautiful, cozy, and familiar in a really messy, awkward, uncomfortable situation. Like labor, for instance.
IF I have to labor in the middle of November, I'm going to make sure I labor comfortably and fashionably in a nice maternity robe. I don't believe in spending money (especially on shipping), so naturally, I began dreaming of making my own, with a little help from the internet.
As it turns out, Pinterest has a lengthy collection of hideous maternity gown tutorials that look like a pillow case dress gone wrong. Am I going to tie a ridiculous satin bow around my swollen abdomen?! Eh, no. After hours of searching, I finally found a bridesmaid robe tutorial on youtube that I thought would suffice, if I gave it a little growing room. **THAT AWKWARD MINI SKIRT LENGTH. BLECH.**
|Credits go to Silk & More / Pink Blush Maternity / Comfy Mommy|
I loved the drape of the robes at Pink Blush, so I made a mental note to include a rayon blend as my fabric choice. Being an ignorant seamstress, I have absolutely no idea what rayon is. My fabric store had no rayon blends, so I opted for a tribal peachy bolt, even though it was 100% rayon. No big dealio, right?
My first mistake was choosing rayon fabric. It was so deliciously soft, but absolutely a pain to cut. Atually, it was very nearly impossible to cut.
Might I also add that sitting cross-legged on the floor at 35 weeks pregnant really hurts. My crabbiness + frustration on a scale of 1-10 easily made it to 50.
(notice my beautiful tissue paper pattern, which was also unnecessarily painful to deal with.)
Thankfully, rayon isn't too difficult to sew with, which is a miracle. But I admit, the comfiness of the fabric was definitely worth all the heartache in the end!
I can't believe I actually finished this. I've always been a procrastinator, and being pregnant only makes my procrastination worse! But not only did I finish my hospital robe, I even vacuumed today! Woohoo!
Have a happy Wednesday, y'all!