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Posted on:7/14/14 12:13 PM
Project Photo:Simplicity: 1469 by connjohn

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Pattern Rating:Great Wardrobe Builder
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 1 people   
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Available for sale on PR: $18.95 Pattern Details
Fabric:Interlock Knit  [See other projects in this fabric]
This pattern is for a nursing accessible maternity top. I used the xs and it seems to correspond well with commercial clothing sizes 6-8. The finished product looked very similar to the pattern front and the instructions were very easy to follow for a moderately experiences sewer.
It's hard to find nursing friendly patterns, and this one went together easily, and will be very wearable. One thing that I didn't like is the excessive bulk in the middle "midriff" band, with 5-8 layers (depending on pleats) right in the middle front. It was hard to keep that section smooth. I also had a little trouble with the large amount of hems showing - the cross-over pieces, the inset, in addition to the sleeve and bottom hems all show up, and if you don't use a double needle, you have to be very careful to make that stitching look even, especially on light-weight knits. I used a light interlock knit, which curled a lot during the sewing process. I'd like to make this pattern again with a sturdier knit.
I made no alterations to the pattern because I want to make a lot of these and I wanted to see the basic pattern. Changes I will make is leaving the pleats out of the skirt section and shortening it, so it is simply for nursing, not maternity. For a heavier knit, I may eliminate the facing for the midriff band to reduce the bulk. The pattern suggests an alternate fabric for the inset, but this could easily be made without the inset at all, and could be worn over a cami.
This will be an easy-wear item, so I'd recommend it to those who want to nurse their baby discreetly. Since it can be made as a dress or top, with any stretch fabric, it can be dressed up or down.

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msschiel said...
This is a cute dress. I wish they had patterns like this when I was nursing my kids!
7/15/14 6:54 AM
Sew Good said...
How wonderful! The patterns I used for nursing tops is no longer in business. It is so nice to see that someone is still making nursing patterns!
7/14/14 11:54 PM
LynneH said...
This is a nice pattern. I used a Jalie nursing top for my daughter but this is a nice change for the next time. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.
7/14/14 4:23 PM
Rairscat said...
This is nice. I wish I'd had the time and inclination to sew my own nursing tops. Great job, it's very pretty.
7/14/14 2:10 PM
 
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