Pattern Description: This is a free pattern posted in Sew Beautiful Magazine issue 118 page 48. It is a diaper shirt or gown pattern with a collar option. The magazine has tips on sewing for premies and I do recommend it.
Pattern Sizing: 3-6 lbs.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Not really, but I used a totally different fabric.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, very easy.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? This pattern is basic. You can alter it in just about any way. I have even slit the pattern vertically through the shoulder added an inch to the width and did a 'pick-up' smocking grid that turned out beautiful. Fabric Used: A cotton blend eyelet that is very light weight and has a soft feel. You need a soft fabric due to the baby's delicate skin.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made them all off the same pattern. The three white eyelet ones are all cut from the same fabric but on different levels of the border design. The one that looks smaller was cut from the bottom edge and is not flared due to limited fabric. I added the eyelet lace on the sleeves of that one because my fabric wasn't wide enough for the sleeve along the border. The other two have the optional collar on them. The pattern says to just hem the back opening but I faced it with a single fold bias strip. It seems flatter and more smooth to me this way. eyelet fronts eyelet backs The smocked one, I made a while ago and I added an inch width to accomodate the smocking. I used a 3/8" 'pick-up' grid, 3"X 4" centered over the shoulder line, so that I didn't need a pleater. It is fully lined so that the embroidery wouldn't rub the baby's skin. smocked front smocked back
The two shirts were made previously in flannel and I put a pearl snap on the front for a baby girl who wasn't early, but just small. (the snap would be too big a bump for a baby to lay on and would get hot under the heat lamps used for premies) flannel shirts Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I have made this one many times. It is easy and all the seams are french style. You only need a straight stitch machine or they are easy to do by hand while waiting for a meeting.
Conclusion: The backs are open for easy access and to accomodate equiptment that may be needed. Don't be afraid to make one of the boy; it is a gown, not a dress. I think I'll alter the collar into a sailor style for a boy or make it a white square with a tiny black bow tie. I am still thinking about doing a lazy daisy flower on the eylet dress with the plain collar. It's cute but a purple flower would up the 'cuteness', besides I like to do easy stuff in the evenings!