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« on: December 22, 2009 12:48:48 AM »

So after breastfeeding for 21 months I got sick of not being able to wear dresses. Nursing tops available online tend to be pretty bland and dismal, but at least most shirts do in a pinch (unbutton, unzip, lift up or down, whatever). Nursing dresses are a different matter. The ones online I found were very frumpy, old-fashioned-but-not-in-a-good-way, or blah black stretchy numbers that doubled as maternity wear (which is the last thing I want to wear now that I'm not pregnant!).

So. The punk nursing dress. I drafted the pattern myself, and I do believe this is the first wearable garment I've ever created for myself. I'm a newbie sewer. The fabric was $3 from a remnants bin, and I had only tiny scraps left over. Smiley it was slightly stretchy, which helped conceal some of the flaws of said pattern-drafting!

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« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2009 01:57:52 AM »

Wow, wow! I wish I had a dress like that when I was feeding   Shocked
If you're new to sewing you're really talented, looks perfect on you!
I never make garments for myself because I'm afraid it will look terrible, but this gives new hope and inspiration  Tongue

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« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2009 02:12:34 AM »

Thank you! Smiley I'm actually ridiculously pleased with it out of all proportion to its worth, simply because I've never made anything I could wear before. Well, an apron... but come to think of it, even that was kinda dodgy and you didn't want to look too close at the bias binding. I've done plenty of other sewing, from small quilts to cushions to baby clothes, but adult garments somehow have the extra scary factor. Maybe because I care what I look like more than the baby does! :p Plus, cutting out fabric for adult clothes when you're used to making infant clothes is scary... there's so MUCH of it! Metres of the stuff!

So anyway, I highly recommend making something to wear - it's a high. Smiley I was inspired by it and have tons of design ideas for further nursingwear, mostly waiting upon our bank balance so I can buy the fabrics. In the mean time, I'm on a tote bag kick... 'cause why not?
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2009 03:07:40 AM »

What a brilliant style!!!  That pattern never even occured to me when I was going through those days some years ago.  I do remember saying to myself that the maternity clothing actually made me feel more unfeminine than I had ever imagined  as I was reading your post and how excited I was to put back on a dress.  You couldn't look any more delicate, feminine and gorgeous.  As I get family and friends who are breastfeeding too, I will now have something that will actually make them feel better about themselves as well.  You have helped out many women on your same plight.    Thank you for your posting.
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2009 05:37:52 AM »

This is really cool. It's great that it functions as a nursing dress but it looks great simply as a dress. Great work.
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« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2009 12:13:41 PM »

That's so cute! Way better than anything I've seen in the shops...

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« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2009 08:03:17 PM »

awsome.  I want one! Smiley i too mainly sew for the smaller humans, and make toys and blankets etc.  I think it might be time i step up to the 'big' leauges.. lol thanks for the insperation.
« Reply #7 on: December 25, 2009 02:21:21 AM »


That is one cool dress. Would never have pegged it as a nursing dress; it definitely goes into my "future projects" folder for when I'll be needing one. Well done!
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« Reply #8 on: December 25, 2009 10:32:58 AM »

aww what an awesome idea! I love it! Really makes me wish i could sew better..

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« Reply #9 on: December 25, 2009 08:47:31 PM »

That's fantastic, looks great!  See, this is why I wish that I'd known how to sew back in the day when I was nursing babies.  I look at pictures of that period now and I'm just aghast at the clothes I wore. 
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