Feathers Flights // Sewing Blog: DIY Bandage Style Nursing-Friendly Dress

5.09.2014

DIY Bandage Style Nursing-Friendly Dress

My husband graduated today! Yay! I am so proud of him and what he has accomplished! Now he just has to take the bar exam (boo). I decided to whip up a nice dress for myself to wear to his graduation. I used a subtle striped pink jersey fabric. The back and sleeves were cut with the stretch crosswise, and the front was cut in a bunch of different diagonal strips.
The key to make it nursing friendly was to leave an opening between the top piece and the next piece down near the bust. To keep the other pieces from curling I sewed with a double needle across the front. This also saves me from an embarrassing openings. The opening near the bust has lots of overlap to keep everything safe and hidden.
I really love this dress. It's definitely my style; it's flattering and easy to dress up, but it can go casual too.
There was crazy rain today, but the sun shown just long enough for us to get some nice pictures after the ceremony. We did it!
Heather

17 comments:

  1. the dress came out great! Such a clever solution to making a nursing friendly dress.

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  2. You look beautiful, great dress! Congrats to your husband that's a huge accomplishment.

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  3. You look fabulous, Heather!!! Such a good solution for making the dress nursing friendly.

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  4. You look stunning in this everything about it is perfect for you. Congrats to both of you on getting through it.

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  5. Yay, congrats!! Your dress is brilliant!!

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  6. Congrats to him but did you seriously just have a baby?? You look so great, and I love that the diagonal overlap doesn't make it scream 'nursing friendly'.

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  7. Fabulous dress and congrats to you and you family! You're at the end of the long haul. Wish him luck on the bar for me!

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  8. You look fantastic. What a great idea for a dress. Congrats on finishing school, good luck on the bar!

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  9. Oh wow! What a beautiful dress! I love it because with the seams you cannot even tell it is for nursing!

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  10. aw what an awesome occasion and an amazing dress to match! It really does fit your figure perfectly!

    Mae

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  11. Wow Heather!!
    What a nice figure you have after giving birth!! The dress ist awesome!! I really love the fact, that you can easily nurse with it!!
    Congratulations to your husband!
    (nice shoes, by the way!)

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  12. very pretty and a great solution to the nursing/dress incompatibility problem!

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  13. Holy Moly Heather, You look amazing! It's totally not fair that you look this good after just having a baby! Congrats to your husband, and Good luck on the bar!

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  14. what a wonderful dress Heather. I am not a fan of the colour, but the design won me over.

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  15. do you have a pattern for this?? I really like it and would like to know how to make it!

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    1. I used my favorite tee pattern and extended it down to my knees going out a little bit at the hip. The front I just did diagonal overlaps sewing at the end of each to keep from opening except for the bust one. That one I left open but overlapped it a lot to be safe. Sorry, I don't have a pattern and don't know of a pattern or tutorial to refer you to!

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