Good morning! It is time for Fix It Up Friday again. I am so glad to have you join me. Thank you to those of you who linked up last week. If you are a blogger and have a creative post to link up, please do so. I always love to see what other people create. The guidelines can be found here. If you link up a post I will feature it on my Facebook page as well.
As a breastfeeding mother it is nice to have some actual nursing clothes. They aren’t necessary, but they make discreet nursing in public possible. When I had Julia I didn’t have any official breastfeeding clothes. I wore button down shirts, skirts and tops instead of dresses, and/or just pulled up my shirt. This worked fine, but was hard to do in public without a lot of skin showing.
When I had James, my mom made me a few shirts and dresses that were specifically designed for breastfeeding. I have worn those clothes a lot over the past 9 years. Making clothes from scratch can be time intensive, so my mom, clever woman that she is, figured out how to alter some ready-made clothes to make them suitable for nursing.
Here is a dress that I have worn many times. The dress has a lining that is under the top part. The top part of the dress is able to be lifted all the way up. My mom decided this would be perfect for altering into a nursing dress. She was right.
Here is what my mom did to the lining. She cut slits and then added a little bit of similar fabric to prevent raveling. I am not exactly sure what she did to make the fabric overlap, but I think it might not have been necessary. Since the top fabric is opaque, I think the slits could have been cut and then serged or zig-zagged.
Here is the dress in action at Easter. Look how tiny Janna was! Anyway, you can’t even tell that I have on a nursing dress. Yay, Mom!
My mom bought me this shirt a couple of months ago because she thought it would be easy to turn into a nursing shirt. (Yes, my mommy still picks out my clothes.) The reason this shirt was suitable for nursing is that the outer shirt fabric was not attached to the black fabric except at the sides and not in front.
With two simple cuts near the sides of the shirt I was able to turn this ready-made shirt into a nursing shirt.
Here is the shirt in action on Sunday. These two clothing hacks prove you don’t have to be an expert seamstress or follow complicated patterns in order to have nursing clothes.
Another idea is to cut two slits in a tank top and wear it under a shirt. This will eliminate any skin showing when you lift up the top shirt to nurse.
If you are or have been a breastfeeding mother, what kinds of clothes do/did you find worked best for nursing in public?
Now it’s your turn to link up your creative post. I look forward to seeing all of your great ideas. The guidelines for linking up are here.