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Nursing tops and dress patterns

AmyC | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Can anyone recommend a good source of patterns for nursing tops and dresses? I can only find one Kwik-Sew pattern.




  1. rsolish | | #1

    try this site,

    i've never sewn from these patterns but my sister did and she said they are wonderfull!!
    good luck
    from Netanya

    Edited 5/7/2006 3:01 pm ET by rsolish

    1. Paisley66 | | #4

      I've used many Elizabeth Lee patterns and I agree that they are great. They are generously sized and the directions are excellent---which is especially crucial when you have a small baby and *very* limited sewing time. My favorites are #307 (tops and a skirt---the tops don't look like typical nursing tops--I can still wear them to the office now that my daughter is older) and #201 (swimsuits and cover-ups). I wasn't crazy about #205 (tank tops)---they were too big and low-cut for me. Elizabeth Lee's sling pattern is also very good--the result was better than any sling I found in stores.

  2. Teaf5 | | #2

    Do you mean clothes for breastfeeding or clothes for nurses?

    1. AmyC | | #3

      Teaf, I was looking for breastfeeding clothes.Amy

      1. Teaf5 | | #5

        Ah, breastfeeding I can comment on, having done it for two children 18 months each. I had just one nursing top, and it was a disaster; it gapped open while I wasn't nursing, bunched when I was, and was not much better looking than a hospital gown. It didn't work for housework and it definitely wasn't appropriate for returning to work!Much more practical were tunic tops and looser styles that I could simply lift up or unbutton in front; I also made sure the fabrics didn't show water (milk) spots before I bought them. For spring/summer, linen/rayon blends were ideal, and the new peasant style blouses available nowadays would be perfect. It's important to get a couple of good nursing bras; your bust size will be changing hourly and dramatically for the first few weeks, and then will stay relatively larger than usual for months after that. At first, nursing seems to take up all your time, but soon it can work into even a busy professional's schedule; likewise, you might need specialty clothing right at first, but you can probably get by with what you usually like to wear.

        1. AmyC | | #6


          Thanks for the advice!    With my first two kids, I was perfectly happy wearing t-shirts and turtlenecks, but for some reason, with this child, I'm finding that I want to wear dresses.  


          1. mushermom | | #7

            Here in Alaska, Native Alaskans have a "dress" called a kuspuk. It is similar in style to a parka but made of cotton with a large pocket in front that works very well to hide openings for nursing. It may not be what you had in mind but is a great cultural/ethnic garmet that is very versitle. I agree with the comments about wearing what you have also. My son and daughter nursed for well over two years so I was eager to get into regualr clothes but I did find the colorful and well fitting nursing bras from Bravado fun to wear even with regular clothing. Medela also has soem nice ones out now. Good luck and keep up the great job with you rnew little one!

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