Another need that we have here at RHFH is burial clothing. In Haitian culture, a white gown long enough to cover the feet with long sleeves is preferred, but other light pastel colors with short or long sleeves will work. All sizes from newborn and up are needed. Small simple gowns that tie in the back work the best.
Here are some patterns to give you an idea of what would work:
For all children DLTK’s Simple Gown is a good, gender neutral pattern.
Alterations: create a full length opening in the back with 3 ties, and use drawstrings in the neck and sleeves to make them adjustable.
A hospital gown pattern (sizes child through adult) that would work for burial gowns.
Alterations: make with long sleeves.
Many vintage layette patterns include infant gowns with ties such as Simplicity 2900.
Alterations: move the ties to the back instead of the front.
If you are a skilled sewer, by all means adjust you favorite christening gown or dress pattern. Many beautiful dresses have been made from recycled wedding gowns.