Ugh, postpartum body issues. I'm ready for you to go away. I don't want to be too negative because I am in absolute awe of what my body just did/is doing. It grew a person, birthed said person and is now nourishing this little being. The design is really amazing when you think about it. But man, it would do wonders for my self esteem if I could just drop this last fifteen pounds. I really want to wear my pre-pregnancy me-made things. All my fun skirts/shorts/dresses are taunting me from my closet.
I know I'll get there but in the meantime I figure I better try and make a few things. I wish I had thought more about clothes to wear while nursing during pregnancy. There are so many things that don't work while you are breastfeeding. I feel like I am in a constant state of undress at home. I joke that it's like Mardi Gras at my house. Is this TMI? Sorry, family :)
I googled sewing patterns good for breastfeeding and came upon this post at Toferet's Empty Bobbin. Molly, I thought you'd get a kick out of that. And Molly is right- Simplicity 2369 is the perfect pattern for nursing. Look.
Lol. Total access without undressing. Woo hoo! The design is ingenious for nursing moms even though I don't think the pattern was intended for that. I sewed up the longer view with no alterations. I actually made the top version first out of a cotton knit and it was horrendous. The knit I used had no recovery and all my seams ended up stretched out and wavy. I won't even wear it around the house. This version is much better. I used a rayon slub jersey from my stash. It's a little beefier than most rayon jerseys I've used which is nice. It has great recovery which I'm convinced makes all the difference when hemming knits. I'm awfully proud of my sleeve hems. I know I've lamented my wavy hems before when working with knits. This time, I upped the differential feed on my serger and serged the edge first. Then I flipped up the hem and straight stitched with a longer stitch length. I think they look pretty good. Not perfect, but good. I did the same for the skirt hem.
The pattern called for a facing around the neckline. I attached the facing as a band instead. I think the finish looks a lot nicer. I also attached a band at the bottom of the right front piece instead of hemming it. I hemmed on the first version and it looked wavy and crappy. I think the finish on this dress is probably my best when it comes to my work with knits. Hooray, Sergio!
The verdict is that yes, this is a great dress for nursing. I'm a little meh about the whole shebang but I know I'll wear this lots in the next couple of months. I think I may need to make another shorter version. Maybe a more exciting fabric would make me happier with it.
I decided to change up my blog header. I think I've changed it up every year since I started this blog. But I used an iphone pic and I'm a little worried that it's too grainy. It looks ok on my little laptop. Can anyone with a big monitor/display tell me if the photo looks really grainy and out of focus? I think I'll leave it for now. I like the paint palette and had fun playing around on Picmonkey. Maybe I can take a better photo later.