I was walking through the thrift store looking for a nursing-friendly dress. Unfortunately, the majority of dresses were either not nursing-friendly or really low-cut. Low-cut means that it’s nursing-friendly; but I like a little more coverage and I often don’t want to have to wear more than one layer of clothing. As a mom with young kids I don’t like having extra decisions or clothing to think about. This is a dress that is one piece which makes getting dressed easy. It’s basically the simplified and refashioned version of the Amber Nursing and Maternity top.
A semi-fitted or fitted low-cut dress
A tank top that fits well
Sewing supplies (scissors, pins, sewing machine, etc.)
- Cut the tank top off at the waist.
- Cut off the back of the tank top. Cut the straps off towards the back.
- Turn the dress inside out.
- Lay the tank top right side down on top of the bodice of the dress.
- Cut the straps shorter so they don’t extend over the shoulder seam of the dress.
- Line up the cut edge of the tank top piece with the side seams of the dress. Sew the edge of the tank top to the side seam of the dress. Sew the other edge of the tank top to the other side seam of the dress.
- Sew the straps to the shoulder seams of the dress. That’s it!
The lower neckline makes it easy to pull up the tank top for nursing access. Since I sewed the side seams of my tank top down to my waist, when I’m wearing the dress and pull the edge of the tank top it pulls up the side of my dress. Then when I’m done nursing and tuck the edge of the tank top back in; I pull the side of my dress down which pulls the tank top back into place and smooths it out.