This is by no means an exhaustive list, but here are nursing-friendly patterns I’ve discovered. Some of them I’ve even tried…
- Megan Nielsen has a range of maternity and nursing patterns including the Amber and Alissa (version 3) tops.
- Peek-a-boo Patterns sell a specific alteration pack to turn their camisole pattern into a nursing singlet top. They’ve also got quite a few maternity patterns.
- EYMM has a nursing bra/tank top/dress set.
- Jalie’s maternity range includes a nursing bra and several tops.
- 5 Out Of 4 patterns has a knot-front top and dress with a nursing alteration included.
- The True Bias Southport dress works well for feeding – I made it with snaps instead of buttons with the thought that it would be easier to do up one-handed.
- There are heaps of shirtdress patterns around that would work well. I made the Grainline Alder shirtdress with snaps.
- Jamie Christina’s Mission Maxi could be altered to have a button/snaps placket down to the waist or be turned into a false-front dress.
- Sewaholic’s Davie dress would be pretty easy to make with an invisible zipper down the front centre seam, instead of having the keyhole opening.
- The True Bias Sutton blouse could also have a zipper in the centre front seam, although it would depend a lot on fabric choice.
Other likely options
- Cowl-neck dresses such as V1250 DKNY for Vogue or Simplicity 2580 view D.
- Cashmerette’s Appleton wrap dress (Jenny assured me via Instagram this would work fine for feeding).
- Colette’s about their faux-wrap dress Wren was apparently tested it for nursing accessibility during the design process.
- Papercut Midsummer Night’s Dream wrap dress pattern is designed for a woven fabric but if you sewed it in a knit instead and stabilised the neckline you’d be able to yank it about. Otherwise, Kat has described how she made one up in cotton and modified it for feeding, with snaps on the straps.
- I modified the McCall’s 6886 knit dress to turn it into a false front nursing dress.