For the first little while after having a baby my size and shape are constantly changing. I usually wear some of my maternity clothing for the first couple of months, but eventually I don’t fit into my maternity clothing and also don’t fit into my pre-pregnancy clothing. I have a tiny wardrobe for that in between stage, but all my tops and dresses need to be nursing-friendly. Luckily, here are thirteen non-maternity sewing patterns that are all perfectly nursing-friendly, but they don’t scream nursing-friendly! (And three are free!)
If you’ve ever gotten stuck tried to put on the Alissa maternity top sewing pattern – never fear! The very lovely Monica of Toronto Mommy has created a short video on how to wrap my Alissa maternity top sewing pattern. You can read Monica’s full review of the Alissa wrapped maternity top on her blog here.
Getting dressed when you’re pregnant can be a little stressful sometimes – I find the number of days when i look at my wardrobe and feel flustered at having nothing to wear just doubles when i’m pregnant.
So over three pregnancies i’ve developed a few tricks – one of which is having a fall back outfit that always makes me feel good no matter what. I absolutely recommend figuring out an outfit combo you like, making a few different versions and pairing them together in your wardrobe so that pulling something out in the morning is quicker and less painful.
This last pregnancy that combo was a Briar crop top and an Erin maternity skirt. I always had a couple of Briar crop tops and Ruched skirts sitting next to each other in my wardobe that all mix and match perfectly – so when i bad day came along (every second day LOL), i could pull any two out, put them on and leave the house feeling like I looked good.
It instantly turns a day that could have started badly, into one thats off to a cracking start :) Here’s another combo of these two sewing patterns that i shared here a little while back.
If you’re stuck for ideas, here are a few outfit ideas you can create using free tutorials from DIYMaternity or from my maternity sewing patterns:
- Briar crop tops + Erin ruched maternity skirts
- Two seam maternity dress (or top!)
- Darling Ranges tunics + Virginia leggings
- DIY maternity maxi skirt + Briar crop tops
- DIY maternity dress
- Cara maternity tee + DIY maternity jeans (or shorts)
- DIY gathered maternity skirt + basic tee
- Cara maternity tee + DIY maternity skirt
- DIY shirred maternity tunic + DIY jeans
- DIY maternity empire waist dress
- The easy maternity skirt + Alissa wrapped top
- Maternity shirt from mens button up + DIY maternity jeans
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