The other day I was walking through a thrift store and happened upon this dress. I realized with a tiny, NO-SEW alteration, I could quickly make it into a dress with nursing access.
My dress is a Downeast dress, but it is no longer available. If you want to hack a dress similar to this, look for a layered bodycon dress if you want a fitted look. If you want a looser fit, look for a dress with multiple layers. A dress with either one layer over the bust or a dress with multiple layers down the front will both work. Here are some dresses you could buy or make so you can create your own nursing-friendly dress.
Dress with an overlay that stops at the waist
- Make sure your dress has lining. Put the dress on and mark where your bust apex is. (The “tip” of your bust.)
- Turn the dress inside out and grab some scissors.
- Cut circles around the bust apex that you marked.
- Check the circles to make sure they are in the right place.
- Look for a dress with an overlay that goes down to the waist to make “bust flashes” less likely.
- If using dress with a knit lining, the edges do not need to be finished. If using a dress with a woven lining finish the edges with a serger or bias binding.
- Since the lining is dark, I wear a dark bra or a dark camisole so the lining looks seamless when the overlay is down.