Thursday, November 15, 2012

Breastfeeding Dresses

I made a couple of the Hotpatterns Cosmopolitan Dresses last year and I knew they would be perfect for breastfeeding as the wrap goes the whole way across the dress. Because they are made from stretchy fabric they are also perfect for those of us who don't immediately lose that post pregnancy stomach (I still haven't lost mine after having the twins 7 1/2 years ago).
I love this fabric from Spotlight. Yes it is polyester, but it is pretty soft and I love the colour and it was on special. I can't remember for how much, but this was a pretty inexpensive dress. I think I managed to get it out of 1.8m. I left off the tie as it just drew attention to my stomach and I used the short sleeve from Simplicity 3775. I also added a band around the neckline as before. I cut it 2 1/4" wide, but would make it even thinner next time.
 Will anyone notice if I wear the same style of dress every day this summer?
 I made this one earlier in the week in the same way. I'm not loving it like the other one. I am not a big fan of the fabric. It has a completely different feel to the other one. It feels like polyester and just does not hang the same.
 I have a couple of other dress patterns that would also be easy to breastfeed in. I have seen some great versions of Vogue 8379. I think I am just a little put off by the facing, I have never had much luck with facing on stretchy fabric.
I have already cut out Butterick 4914. It is very similar to Simplicity 3775, but when I compared all the pattern pieces, the tops are quite different, so I thought I would try it and see what it is like.
Have you made any good breastfeeding clothes? Can you recommend any patterns?


Sarah said...

Hi Kate. They look great! The blue one is my favourite too. I love wrap things - you can expand and contract and your clothes still 'fit' :) I'm looking to make some fabbo everyday tee shirts in the next few weeks. Do you have a pattern you can recommend? I've been hunting high and low and can't find just a plain and simple one with little sleeves - failing that - do you have a site that tells me how to draft my own pattern from an existing shirt (without needing to cut it up first). Still love your blog. Congratulations on Olive's arrival. Thanks, Sarah

Unknown said...

That is so cool, I totally need breastfeeding clothes. So sick of wearing the same stuff all the time!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing!! I am looking for a pattern to use in a wedding. The Butterick pattern may be exactly it.