Nursing dress

I made something! It’s been a long time since I had time to sew, but I’m visiting my parents, and everything is easier with them around. This dress was sewn during nap time and photographed with the baby in his bouncy chair just out of the frame (I moved him from one side of the tripod to the other while shooting – can you tell where he is?).

This dress makes me really happy. While I haven’t had much time to sew, I have had a lot of time to think about what I want in a dress. Something stretchy to accommodate the ongoing changes in my body, soft fabric that is comfy for a nap but pretty for seeing visitors, a cross front for nursing, and a twirly skirt just for fun. Most of all I’m happy to have something made to fit my current measurements. It’s hard to feel pretty or even comfortable in clothing two sizes too small.

This dress is pretty much a standard faux wrap dress. I left out the waist seam by cutting one skirt piece with what would normally be two parts – straight parallel lines form the waistband, then flare out for the nearly-a-circle skirt. Like a mermaid skirt, only higher. This means I can tie the waist wrap without worrying about whether a waist seam is covered evenly, and makes the waist lie more smoothly.

I like wearing dresses, but they can be hard to nurse in. The solution: a surplice (cross front) top, easily pushed to one side when the baby gets hungry.

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