Monday, 23 September 2013
The Big T Nursing Top
Selfish Sewing Week starts today and I've already got something to show you. I did kinda cheat and make it early, but that's ok...right?! Selfish Sewing Week is being organised by Rachael from Imagine Gnats and Jill from Made with Moxie. What a great idea! I think most of us sew a lot more for our kids than ourselves.
Fashion and breastfeeding don't really go that well together. It's not easy to look nice and feel good about yourself when you're wearing breast pads, wire free bras and pulling your top up all the time. I came up with the idea of this top and I'm so happy with the result! It's really easy to cut out and sew and can be dressed up or down as needed. It's called The Big 'T' because the shape of the top is just that...a big T. The big sleeves make feeding easy, just pull the sleeve across. No need to bother with hidden flaps or hitching up the bottom of your top... As much as I love to flash my flabby post baby belly ;)
I used a lovely soft viscose jersey knit fabric that I had in my stash. It looks like I don't iron, but the fabric is actually a crinkle knit. I chose to leave the sleeves at t-shirt length which meant I didn't need much fabric at all...less than a yard! I also added a banded bottom, but you could leave this off. Want to make your own?
Here's how you calculate the fabric pieces you'll need:
width - Measure across your body from arm to arm where you want the sleeves to end. Instead of measuring, I chose to use half the width of my fabric as I only had a little bit. This meant I could cut the back and front next to each other.
length - Measure from your shoulder down to where you want the top to end. If you want it baggy on the bottom or want to add an optional band (see below) then take this into account.
hem - Measure around your hips where the top will finish and add 2" or so. The more you add the fuller it will be. Divide total number by 2.
sleeve - Measure from your shoulder down to under your boob. This makes the sleeve easy to pull across for feeding.
For the neckline, I copied the shape from a top I already own.
Optional band - Use your hip measurement and take off about 2". The amount depends on how stretchy your fabric is so you can cut a piece the length of your hip measurement and trim down as needed. The width of the fabric is double the finished width of the band you want.
The top is made up the same way as this top by Ashley from Make It Love It. If you need a step-by-step, check out her tutorial.
The baggy arms mean it is a bit 'peekaboo' on the sides, but since I'm only going to wear it with a feeding tank, I wasn't bothered.
And the all important 'action shot!' Geez Ted looks enormous in this photo...maybe it's the angle. Did you get any selfish sewing done today?