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Easy Nursing Top Refashion Tutorial

I have found I really like shirts with easy access to nursing, especially in the first few months when I felt like that's all I was doing. I was at the store the other day and found a shirt on the sale rack. I added a casing around the neck with elastic.
I don't feel like you have to have this exact shirt to do this refashion, just similar features.
  • You have to have a shirt with a neck that's open enough that it can be pulled down for nursing access. 
  • Since the neckline will be pulled up, the style of the shirt can't have a sleeve seam like a dolman or kimono sleeve.
  • You'll also need a fabric tube of matching or contrasting fabric.
First, measure out the length of the elastic. I laid some elastic around my neck and without stretching it, decided how low I wanted my neckline.
Pin the fabric tube around the neckline with 1/4" to 1/2" overlapping the original shirt neckline.
Sew an 1/8" in from the edge of the fabric tube. Stretch the fabric as you sew to keep some stretch in the neckline.
Leave the edges open so you can insert the elastic.

Sew the edge closed along with the elastic.
The sew the rest of the casing to the neckline.
Sew the seam allowance down to one side.
This is what it should look like when it's finished.
I also added some of the fabric tubing to the sleeves without the elastic.
Quick and easy nursing shirt.
It's perfect for playing with your little one.


  1. I wish I had seen this before I finished nursing. Brilliant. Next baby I guess.

  2. Sewing easy way will I try it Thank you


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