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« on: May 24, 2014 09:05:59 AM »

-Here is a quick (once you adjust the pattern to yourself), super comfy, no-sew jersey blouse that has two good uses:

1) If you've ever been in the hospital with an IV or PICC line in your arm, you know that they never want to detach you ever, and those hospital gowns that display your posterior to the world are not God's gift to your self-esteem. Wouldn't you rather be wearing this?

2) One of the nurses told me she was planning to make one to wear on vacation. Really, the possibilities are endless.

Tute is available on my blog at http://cherisheach.com/2014/02/22/iv-blouse/ , but here are some photos to give you the general idea. The overall pattern is kind of a cross shape (with the sleeve sides narrower than the front-and-back sides), and a small neck hole (see top of post).

Don't worry, your back will not be exposed as in this pic--I just pulled up the back flap of the cross to illustrate how to tie the front flap in back.

Fabrics that work great: Fine jersey knit (a bit thinner than a standard t-shirt) with good stretch, good springback from stretch, and the color sort of showing on both sides. Of course, a fun print never hurts!

Fabrics that work ok (and would be good for a trial garment to fit to your body): knits that are about as thick as a t-shirt and are only printed on one side (with the other side white).

Fabrics that won't work at all: woven (vs. knit), rib knits, or slouchy sweatery fabrics.

I wash the shirts in lingerie bags to keep them from getting all tangled.
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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2014 09:41:10 AM »

What a great idea! Also in case of a broken arm, much easier to put on!

Thanks a lot for sharing!  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2014 09:50:26 AM »

That is one very clever idea.  Wish we'd had that when my son broke both his wrists.
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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2014 11:18:11 AM »

I love this idea. I wonder if I could make several and donate them to one of my local hospitals/medical centers. I'd bet they'd love to get them. Thanks for the pattern!

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« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2014 08:16:54 PM »

Thank you for posting this!  I have been playing with a nightgown pattern for my Mema's treatments and was stumped.  Your design looks like it will work better than my attempts.

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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2014 11:26:07 PM »

What an ingenious creation! Thank you for sharing it. I think it will help a lot of people, whether they are in the hospital or on vacation Smiley.

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« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2014 05:16:55 AM »

Great idea - I am a nurse and I hate our hospital gowns because they are so scratchy from the harsh cleaning and way too large for some of our smaller patients - but I hate when people wear their own long sleeved PJs because it isn't easy to reach the PICC line or feed the IV line through - so anything that is comfortable with ease of access is good.

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« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2014 10:23:49 AM »

Such a great design, looks much nicer than a gown

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« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2014 11:33:25 AM »

Wow, what a clever design; I will definitely have to show this to my mom who is an RN. I bet she even currently has some ladies who would love to have one of these style of tops.

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« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2014 07:26:27 PM »

awesome idea ! I love it


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