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Date: 12/3/07 0:25 AM

I am hoping to sew a bed jacket for a friend who is ill. I've googled, and found some vintage patterns, but I don't think they will fit her more current body type.
Has anyone modified a pattern and had it work?
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Jayme

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Date: 12/3/07 1:20 AM

What do you have in mind? There are bed jackets for sale on the internet that look like standard simple jackets, but made from fleece type fabrics. The vintage ones (when I think of vintage bed jackets) are made from satin and lace and silky type fabrics. You could make a modern type jacket from a silky fabric too or a flannel backed satin.

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Date: 12/3/07 3:36 PM

I like to use a sweatshirt jacket for a bed jacket. I have two of them, and they work nicely for when I'm sitting in bed reading. One of them was an ASG program and has a lot of trim and buttons sewn all over it. Here's a photo of that one:



The other one is more plain, but the same general idea.

I think you can use any pattern you want, as long as it's a fairly short garment that covers the person from her shoulders down to the covers.

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Date: 12/3/07 3:41 PM

My Mom is 89 and frail, difficult to move and dress. I was thinking I might make a capelet or two to use in place of a cardigan to take the chill off during the day and something for over her sholders when she is it beed. Gonna use fleece because time of of the essence for us.

Fitting will also be less of an issue.
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Date: 12/3/07 6:55 PM

I used one of the shrug patterns to make my sister a bed jacket last year.

I bought a shrug to take to the hospital with me for a bed jacket.

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Date: 12/3/07 8:07 PM

A couple of years ago I bought two fleece, snap front robes on sale, cut them off and re-hemmed to bed jacket length. Generally, the body of bed jackets is slightly A-line, as is the sleeve. You could just shorten a snap or button front robe pattern to bed jacket length. Then make the body and sleeve slightly wider (A-line). I think just about any robe pattern would work, with the exception of a wrap robe.

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Date: 12/3/07 8:39 PM

Simplicity has a robe pattern that includes a bed jacket. Simplicity 5778
I used a capelet pattern (OOP) to make a make a bed jacket out of embroidered fleece. It turned out very nicely.

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Date: 12/4/07 12:05 PM

Thanks everyone! I love your ideas and pics!

I keep going back and forth between fleece and something more feminine....the hospital seems pretty warm, but just something to keep her shoulder's warm, and also look nice!

I will have a look at the patterns, and post a review when I'm done.

Thanks again for taking the time to help!
Jayme

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Date: 12/4/07 3:46 PM

Hi, I used to work in a hospital so I have some suggestions.

A fleece or even a cotton bedjacket is a nice idea. If she has an IV, it could be a nice thing to have a the sleeves fasten with buttons, hooks,zip or velcro --so the top and back can be solid. That way she can take it off without calling for someone if she gets too hot yet still have the mobility.

Also, elastic waist pants/shorts/capris--the hospital gowns are open in the back and slide up when moving in bed.

A sports bra one or two sizes too big-- something to cover and give minimum support but doesn't bind. Soft T- shirts.

Extra underwear.

Baby powder, real shampoo, moisturizer, hairbrush, qtips, nail file/clipper, female deoderant like Secret-- these things are not supplied by the hospital.

Hair clips, headbands, caps/turbans.

Soft Dove or baby wipes for bedside-- so she can wash her hands frequently, wipe her face, camp bath etc. Sometimes the aides and nurses are too busy to do the standard morning bath-- so many tests etc. are jammed in with the shorter hospital stays.

Slippers she can slip her feet into like-- mules--open back.
Music, either on a portable cd player or mp3 with headphones.
Mints or any special type food/beverage she likes (like gatorade, soda etc.).

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Date: 12/4/07 4:51 PM

Thanks LuceLu - those are all great ideas, and I'm going to keep a copy of the list.

I hadn't thought of the IV's, and that is a good thing to build in.

And as I learned quickly - nice, soft, kleenex - what is provided is just this side of sandpaper, I think.

Sincerely,
Jayme

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