Pattern suggestions for nursing clothes

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but here are nursing-friendly patterns I’ve discovered. Some of them I’ve even tried…

Nursing-specific patterns


  • 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