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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!
« 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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