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« on: February 17, 2014 01:20:07 AM »



I love wearing dresses, but breastfeeding ones aren't easy to come by. I'm not big on the rather bland grey or black jersey dresses with crossover V-necks, designed to highlight one's magnificent breastfeeding cleavage, which I don't have. I've made do with shirt dresses (that button down the front) and the occasional zippered dress, but I was really craving something Modclothy that didn't bisect my torso. (I've been breastfeeding for a while...)



Sooo, I made this. It invisible-zips under the bust. The fabric doesn't stretch, and I doubt this pattern would work for someone with a large difference between band and cup size. But for a modest B-cup it works just fine. I used a rather ugly Ottobre Women bodice pattern which originally had topstitching and sleeves; self-drafted a skirt that flared at the hips (Empire waists make me look pregnant), and added the band-and-bow doohickey. Time-consuming, but not hard.



This one, version 2, was designed as a pinafore. (Actually so was version 1, in theory, but it ended up too tight to squeeze a blouse under!) I made the bodice a little looser and added an invisible zip at the back. The band on this one goes right round the back, so the zip can be a little longer (it starts just before one side seam and ends just after the other.) Makes the breastfeeding thing a bit easier. I also put pockets on it, because pockets are awesome. Here, I'm wearing a tulle skirt underneath:



These are currently two of my most wearable dresses. I really like the pattern, and will probably adapt it at some point for a wiggle skirt. I think it'd adapt quite nicely as a maternity dress too, with the high waistline. At any rate, after wearing buttons and zips down my front for years the blank acreage of chest gives me a ridiculous amount of happiness. Hope it inspires some fellow fashion-frustrated breastfeeders!
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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2014 07:35:32 AM »

Those are super cute! You would never guess they were nursing dresses. Very clever and very well done.
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« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2014 05:10:32 PM »

Wow! what I would've given to have a fabulous dress like these when I was breastfeeding! They are so wonderful!
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« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2014 12:01:50 AM »

I love the plaid one - it looks really great on you!
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« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2014 10:31:23 AM »

Good job on the dresses, they are very fancy. I agree that there aren't enough beautiful breastfeeding dresses. Yours are great.
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« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2014 11:27:34 AM »

These are fantastic! Using that hidden zipper was genius.
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« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2014 02:30:05 PM »

Brilliant, and so cute!
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« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2014 12:03:29 PM »

Yay for nice nursing dresses, they look great and not at all like the typical ones!
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« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2014 08:30:31 AM »

Congratulations! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2014 09:00:53 AM »

Great job, those are the best breastfeeding dresses I have ever seen.
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« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2014 09:55:42 PM »

What a great idea! I especially love the fabric used for the brown one.
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« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2014 10:50:39 PM »

lidehtium: Thanks! I love the fabric too. It was $3 a metre on the bargain table. Smiley It's a tad scratchy to wear, but I always wear a shirt underneath... and the fibre content is best left to speculation. But hey. :p

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« Reply #12 on: March 04, 2014 04:06:04 PM »

That's such a lovely idea! I have several dresses that I don't really get to wear right now because of breastfeeding, though since we're in the process of cutting down on the daytime breastfeeds, I will be able to soon. Ran across this a little late for actually giving it a try, but I love the second dress you made just because. Beautiful work!
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« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2014 05:08:23 AM »

Really clever and lovely !

It's great !
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« Reply #14 on: March 08, 2014 11:08:04 PM »

Clever and stylish, and they look so nice on you.
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« Reply #15 on: March 09, 2014 04:34:05 AM »

I love the plaid one, especially the skirt! I also love the blouses underneath! Well done!
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« Reply #16 on: March 09, 2014 03:17:21 PM »

I love the plaid one, especially the skirt! I also love the blouses underneath! Well done!

Thanks! I made the blouse too - an Ottobre Woman pattern. I recommend their patterns - great for adapting and customising. This blouse was meant to have a peplum, but I knew I'd mostly be wearing it under stuff, so didn't want any extra poofiness.
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« Reply #17 on: May 21, 2014 04:06:07 PM »

Nobody could ever imagine that these ultra smart dresses are breastfeeding-friendly! Your idea was very clever and sure inspiring and I bet your kid will be very proud of his talented mother someday!
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