The other day as I was looking for sewing inspiration, I happened upon this Madewell shirt. I realized it was basically a refashion of a button down shirt. This is an easy nursing shirt hack that anyone could do. This shirt has some really great details. It has a button down placket for nursing access, a boxy shape to hide your changing middle, cuffed sleeves for a feminine look, and buttons on the lower back. I love this shirt so much that I’ll wear it even when I’m not nursing. It’s so trendy with really fun details.
- Men’s button down shirt close to your own size – long sleeve or short sleeve
- Sewing supplies
- Put the shirt on and mark where you want to cut it. I recommend cutting it just under the bust or at the waist. I cut mine right at the waist.
- Take the part you cut off and flip it around so that the button placket is on the back of the shirt. With right sides together match up the side seams and then around the whole circumference of the shirt. The back is slightly larger than the front so I overlapped the button placket slightly more or less to make it the circumference the same.
- Finish the edges.
- Topstitch the seam allowance up towards the top of the shirt.
- Cut off the long sleeves near the shoulder seam or the short sleeve hem.
- Fold the edge up 3/4″ towards the outside of the sleeve. Fold it up again 3/4″ and edgestitch to make it look like a cuff.
The shortened sleeves makes a big difference in making the shirt look more feminine. I also really love the button placket at the back. It’s such a nice detail. It’s really fun to wear high waisted jeans and unbutton the back.