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LoisW | Posted in Patterns on

Hello,   My mother is recovering from a stroke and I’m looking for patterns for nightgowns, etc.  that she can wear while she’s in the hospital.   I do realize that I could probably adapt a regular pattern, but recall reading about someone who has designed this type of garment, and, of course I’m thinking about about making future tops and pants that might be easier for her to get on and off when she reaches that point.


Thanks, Lois


  1. bjs | | #1

    Hi Lois,

    I've seen such patterns.....where? I'll get back to you if I recall. In the meantime, perhaps some of us could be of help if you told us in more detail what kinds of problems you expect your mom to have. Strokes come in so many varieties. Her remaining abilities will make a big difference in the patterns and features you choose.


    1. LoisW | | #4

      Right now she is not able to move on her own, but we're hoping that with therapy she may become a little more mobile.   She does seem to have use of her arms and hands (not enough to sew yet!).   Unfortunately it was a major stroke and I'm assuming she'll be in bed most of the time, but, given the cost of speciality clothing, I thought I could probably make some things with a little adapting.

      Thanks for the input,


  2. kayl | | #2

    Lois, the OTs at the hospital (Occupational Therapists) can probably

    give you some good clues as to what your mom may need in the way

    of adaptations -- it will depend on the severity of the stroke, and

    what was affected.

    In the meantime, take a look at:




    If you can find Maureen Goldsworthy's (1981) Clothing for Disabled People at your library, it's a good resource.

    1. LoisW | | #3

      Thanks for the info.   I've been looking at clothing in a store and might purchase a few things, once I know what my mother needs, and then take pictures of those as well, so that I might be able to adapt a regular pattern.


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