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!)
- Halcyon Sweatshirt by Hot Patterns: I love the easy, slouchy look of this sweatshirt. It definitely looks like it could become a momiform staple. The look could be easily changed depending on the fabric you use. This is the first sewing project I plan on tackling after the baby comes.
- Banksia Top by Megan Nielsen Patterns: This top is so feminine and cute. I love the peter pan collar paired with the button placket. This top would be great for a working mom since it can be tucked in but still have access.
- Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June Patterns: This tunic is definitely my style and would be so comfortable paired with leggings. You could make a casual one from chambray or a dressier one with some rayon challis. The different sleeve lengths make it great for different seasons too!
- Wrap Top (FREE PATTERN) by So Sew Easy: Wrap tops are great and flattering for many shapes. And this one looks like it could accommodate lots of different bust sizes. Not only is it cute, it’s free!
- Myrtle Dress by Colette Patterns: This pattern is drafted for both knit and woven fabrics, but for a nursing-friendly dress I would recommend using knit to make the neckline easy to pull down. I remember having a cowl neck dress when I was nursing my first child and LOVING it. The cowl neck is pretty and dressy but really easy to pull down.
- Turn About the Room Dress (FREE PATTERN) by Mad Mim for DIY Maternity: This pattern comes in two sizes, and while it technically is for maternity, the one I made I preferred as a nursing-friendly dress. It was easy to make and easy to wear. I loved it!
- Yaletown Dress and Blouse by Sewaholic Patterns: Wrap dresses are not only great for changing sizes and shapes, they are great for nursing too. This one is especially feminine and pretty, and it’s a bonus that it can be made as a dress or a top!
- Wren Dress by Colette Patterns: This wrap dress is gorgeous without the fear of the skirt flashing open. It isn’t as forgiving with changing sizes, but it compensates with it’s clean lines. I love simple designs that can really be customized to your style and preferences.
- Yoyo Dress by Papercut Patterns: The style of this dress is dressier than most of the other patterns in this list, but everyone has formal events to attend even while nursing. The zipper front makes it easy to get on and off and makes it nursing-friendly. Just imagine the pretty fabrics you could pair with this design!
- Southport Dress by True Bias Patterns: I love a good, easy dress, and this one is just that. It can be made short or long and would be great for summertime. I love the style of the button placket front and the casual ties. I would love to have a dress (or more) like this for summer!
- Darling Ranges Dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns: This pattern comes with lots of different variations and the button up front makes them all perfect for nursing. The simple style is pretty and can be made in some really fun fabrics!
- Wrap Dress and Top (FREE PATTERN) by Threadcount Patterns: This is also on my list to make after the baby comes since it’s free. It seems like a simple make which is perfect for a capsule wardrobe which is what I’ll be wearing for the months of changing sizes.
- Willow Wrap Top by Love Notions: This top was intended as a nursing-friendly top, but I love that it doesn’t look like a nursing top. The ruching on the sides would be great for any belly coverage you might want. I love the asymmetrical hem for a fun variation, but it can also be made with the hem straight across the front.
Which pattern is your favorite? Which one would you most likely make and wear?