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The no sew nursing top solution

Mar 26, 2010

I’ve gotten a tonne of emails in the past about easy nursing wardrobe solutions, so I figure it’s about time to do a post about one of my simplest tricks.

I loved nursing my daughter, but my daughter has always been a squirmer, and I’m a very modest person so it stressed me out beyond belief that it was so hard to nurse discreetly with my regular wardrobe. Either I needed a HUGE array of nursing tops & dresses or I needed some easy solution. Now don’t get me wrong, I did make myself a whole lot of nursing tops (and LOVED them – you can get the sewing pattern I drafted here), and I’ve made even more this time round, but sometimes you want a cheaper quicker solution. If that’s you then this is the perfect project for you.

    1. Find an old cami (or a new one of you’re that way inclined!) and try it on.

  1. Mark the bust points (I’m not going to elaborate on what I mean by bust point, as I don’t want to sound crude – you can figure it out )
  2. Take off your cami and find something round that’s about 3 inches in diameter (I used a small glass, but a cookie cutter or something similar would also be perfect)
  3. Lay the cami flat and place the glass over one of the marks you made so that the mark is at the centre of the circle. Use some tailors chalk or a light pencil to trace the circle.Repeat for the other bust point.
  4. Take a pair of scissors and cut out the circles.
  5. Voila!! That’s it!
  6. Then wear your cami under any top (and maybe some dresses). I promise you it will make it so much easier to nurse discreetly. No worrying that you are showing your belly if you lift your shirt, or too must breast if you are pulling down the neckline.

Now of course if you are a sew-aholic and you really feel the need to neaten up the edges you could serge/overlock them with same colour thread. But it’s not really necessary for functionality as tshirt/jersey fabric doesn’t fray.

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35 Comments

  • this is awesome! thanks so much for the tip!

  • Great tip! Why don’t I think of these things??

  • What a great idea! I don’t think camis were popular when I was a nursing mom (nursed 4 of ‘em!) But this would’ve eased my mind. I hated exposing myself.

  • For those of you who are wondering bust point means your nipples. Meg, I don’t think it’s crude at all, just all apart of learning the jargon. I think bust point is a better alternative though. Imagine how seamstresses conversations would sound if we didn’t have the word bust point

  • I don’t have a need for a nursing top but I have friends who’ve just had babies. I have a question though — where does the nursing bra go — below or above the cami?

    • Hey Eileen, it goes below the cami! xoxo

  • I made one of these over the weekend with a tank top that I bought a size too small. It’s like DERR, how obvious… can’t believe you can pay $20 or more for this!
    Thanks Meg xo

  • hi, you can just cut in a straight line (of 3 inches) instead of a circle, from top to bottom(vertically). does the same thing, bit more easy.

    • Great idea liz!

  • I did this too! I was way too cheap to buy nursing tops so I bought a bunch of camis from Walmart for a few bucks and now I wear them every day. Now I don’t have to stress that someone will see my stomach (and stretchmarks!) when I’m nursing. It was also extremely helpful in those Midwestern winter months when those chilly little hands want to give you a heart attack!

    My biggest complaint is that the holes stretched out rather quickly. I tried zig-zagging around the holes which helped a little, but the stitches eventually started coming out. I don’t have a serger or that would be a great option. I might need to try the cutting a straight line as well. I’ll have to just do some more experimenting.

  • I am impressed by your creativity and intelect as it is not an easy thing do do what you do in making your own patterns and formatting them to share them with others. I have to say though that I am equally impressed with your sense of modesty.
    We could use more people like you. Keep up the good work!

  • Holy crap that’s genius!

    • hehe thanks sweetie!! It’s amazing what pure desperation can inspire sometimes! XOXO

  • [...] you’re pregnant (or even a crop top, that’s what i did!) and then a nursing tank (or one of these) once your baby is [...]

  • [...] I’m a huge fan of cropped cardigans. Like, HUGE! hehe. I just think they’re such a useful thing to have in your wardrobe, especially when you’re pregnant. I love that can completely change the look of an outfit, and i love cropped ones because they sit so nicely above your baby bump! Wearing a normal cardigan can be kind of awkward when you’re pregnant, and a lot of maternity ones, just look, kind of odd (you know?!). The other thing i like is that they’re not as hot as normal cardigans, so you can wear them in summer… and when you’re nursing (maybe over one of these!) [...]

  • So, you dont need to wear bra?

  • That was going to be my question…do you still wear a bra with this, or just the nursing pads under the cami, or what?

  • I once worked in a store and looked up to see a rather large new mother wandering the aisles with her top pulled right up to breastfeed. Full credit to breastfeeding mothers but man that was some serious stretch marked floopy belly I did NOT need to see! This idea is brilliant!

  • [...] Since I don’t need any, I’m not going to make one… but I found a super easy no-sew nursing top online that I just have to share from diy maternity.  You can find it here. [...]

  • Do you have any tips for turning the outer shirt/dress into a v neck? I have some scoop necks that don’t stretch on summer dresses and I’d love to use them this way.
    Thanks so much!!!

  • Can’t believe I haven’t thought of this myself!!!

  • I don’t understand how to nurse wearing this. It seems like a huge hassle to undo your nursing bra, find your nipple, stick it through the hole, and pull aside your outer wear all while holding a hungry infant? Am I missing something here?

  • I’m glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t understand how to nurse in this top.

  • Awsome! Im wondering too though, do you wear a bra? What about nursing pads…

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  • [...] today’s outfit? Namesake Skirt, No-sew nursing tank, thrifted top and jacket and Polka Dot Diaper [...]

  • [...] Dress – Thrifted (KappAhl/Vintage Stories) Tank – H&M (“refashioned”) [...]

  • [...] I was in nesting mode, I stumbled upon the “No Sew Nursing Top” tutorial from DIY Maternity and pinned it immediately. A few weeks after Piglet was born, Old Navy had a sale on stretch [...]

  • I did this a la mean girls and found it was really uncomfortable for bigger boobs and for getting my bra undone…

    instead, I sliced/cut the entire torso under the bust for a “split level” shirt. Basically, cut a straight line above your belly button, that’s it. Works perfectly with the Old Navy or Target jersey type tanks. Easy to layer another shirt on top of, can’t see the cut… the I just reach in and unhook my nursing bra and pull the tank up. My belly stay covered and depending on the over shirt, I either can push it down [if it's stretchy- again with old navy being awesome for that] or pull it up. The most discreet Is a slashed tank, another tank that’s stretchy over and a cardigan; if my baby weren’t a baby godzilla you’d have no idea I had my boob out.

  • [...] DIY nursing camisole (‘cut-outs’) [...]

  • yeah, this seems a little complicated. and it makes wearing and open cardigan impossible. for a tutorial that’s just as simple but a bit more practical (think, make your own nursing tank) there’s this:

    http://www.babybellykelli.com/diy-nursing-tankcami-in-under-10-mins/

    and forever 21 sells super cheap cute camis (like $2)

  • [...] often look at Pinterest do-it-yourself boards and think, “Yeah right!”  But this DIY nursing tank combines the most obvious simplicity with perfect functionality, and is so easy that any mom can [...]

  • [...] often look at Pinterest do-it-yourself boards and think, “Yeah right!”  But this DIY nursing tank combines obvious simplicity with perfect functionality, and is so easy that any mom can make one in [...]

  • [...] look at Pinterest do-it-yourself boards and think, “Yeah right!”  But this DIY nursing tank combines obvious simplicity with functionality, so easy that any mom can make one in just minutes. [...]

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