Feathers Flights // Sewing Blog: Me Made: Maternity and Nursing-Friendly Hoodie


Me Made: Maternity and Nursing-Friendly Hoodie

Today I'm part of the Sew Yourself Some Love tour with Pattern Revolution. The term "selfish sewing" never appealed to me because sewing for yourself can be good and healthy. Especially as mothers, women need to take care of themselves. Sewing has been a healthy, satisfying hobby for me, and I'm grateful I get to share with you readers and that you keep coming back! I have a really fun sweatshirt to share today that is nursing friendly and not hard to create with a little pattern alteration.
I was given the Lisse Cowl and Hoodie pattern by Terra's Treasures Designs for the blog tour. (It's even on sale right now!) I chose it because it would be a simple alteration to make it nursing-friendly, and without realizing it it's also a maternity sweatshirt. The overlap design makes it great for a growing bump. 
The alterations I made to the pattern were to combine the two back pieces into one. For the front I used the pleated overlap piece and combined it with the bodice piece. I cut two opposites of these to create the overlapped front. I made a size medium in the tall length; it's AMAZING that there are two lengths built in! I always have to lengthen the bodice, so it was really nice not to have lengthen it. I loved using this pattern and can't wait to make an unaltered one next fall when my size isn't changing as drastically.
I will have to wear a nursing tank underneath, but I'm excited to have a warm sweatshirt to wear that will have easy access. I used a solid gray sweatshirt fabric. I know it's a little boring, but I wear solids more often than I wear anything else and I wanted to make something that I would wear. I thought about putting together a trendier outfit for this photoshoot, but let's be honest, this is how I will be wearing this sweatshirt for the next couple of months: sweatshirt, tank, leggings, and comfortable shoes. I love how comfortable this outfit is, so I thought I'd show how it'd really be worn.
I love the cowl neck on this sweatshirt. I love the look and feel of hoodies, but the hood often gets bulky and uncomfortable. I find myself not choosing hoodies to put on simply because I don't want to put my head through the neck. I think this cowl is a better option; I'm hoping it won't hold me back from wearing it a lot.
Join us through the whole blog tour and don't miss a day!!!
Feb 1 // Sew Thrifty
Feb 5 // Shaffer Sisters
Feb 9 // Rebel and Malice
Feb 11 // Sugarplum Cuties
Feb 12 // Hibbadoray
Feb 16 // Sew Starly
Feb 17 // All Things Katy // Handmade Boy


  1. This looks great on you Heather!

  2. This is awesome. Where was a pattern like this 5 plus years ago when I was pregnant and nursing? I love your simple adjustments to make it work great for the "season" you are in.

  3. This is amazing!! I love the nursing alterations!

  4. This is awesome! It looks super cute!

  5. This is awesome! It looks super cute!

  6. You are adorable! This is super cute on you!

  7. SUPER cute! You look just adorable :) Great job!!!

  8. Just perfect for a growing bump!!

  9. What a beautiful hack! And you look just gorgeous with baby <3

  10. This is so great! I'm definitely going to be thinking about making one of these for nursing. I'm with you, too, I wear more solids than anything else!


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