• Tue, Aug 25 2009

Sewing Patterns for Nursing Clothes

Even a beginning sewer can sew nursing clothes for herself or as a baby shower gift. While special nursing clothes are certainly not necessary (and can be very pricey!), these patterns provide a frugal option for nursing mothers. In addition to the free instructions for breastfeeding projects available here on Breastfeeding 1-2-3, I have compiled a list of sources for sewing patterns for breastfeeding clothes.

Photo by Maira Kouvara

Photo by Maira Kouvara

Nursing Clothes Pattern Retailers

Blessed Designs – click on “Nursing Patterns” in the sidebar and you can find patterns for nursing lingerie (nursing sleep bra, nightgown, camisole and tummy cover), a hoodie sweatshirt and jacket, and nursing shirts.

Elizabeth Lee Designs – offers an entire Nursing Classics line with several patterns for nursing tops, nightgowns, swimsuits and coverups, dresses, slips, and jumpers.

Sew Baby – offers a collection of nursing patterns including ones from Blessed Designs, Elizabeth Lee Designs, Kwik Sew, and SewFast Nursing Designs.

Jalie – highlights a few shirt patterns that function as discreet nursing tops.

Kwik Sew – features a pattern for a maternity nursing gown. I have linked directly to the pattern but if you are outside the United States, you might wish to visit the main page to select your country.

Baker Lane Dressmaking and Design — “Catherine’s Choice” is a particularly modest dress that serves as a maternity dress followed by a nursing dress.

Common Sense Patterns – offers another modest women’s shirtwaist nursing dress that includes an option for a shawl to use as an extra nursing cover. (Note that this company is currently up for sale so check availability).

For Help with Your Nursing Pattern Sewing Projects

There is a Nursing Mothers’ Sewing List for e-mail support. Its pattern sources page also lists out-of-print nursing patterns like Butterick #6553 and McCall’s #8254 which sometimes can be found on eBay and the like.

Your Projects

Do you have a nursing pattern you particularly like? Do you have any tips for sewing nursing clothing? Please leave a comment!

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  • Jennifer B

    Being broke, I have often thought about trying to make my own clothes, especially since I am hard to fit (I am tall, so sleeves and the overall length are always problems). However I am also what could be called “domestically challenged”- I don’t know how to sew and don’t have the equipment necessary to start! For me, Ebay and Craigslist are lifesavers! Seriously, nice nursing tops for a couple bucks each (one was $0.99!). But I would still like to learn to sew, its a skill everyone should have at least basic knowledge of.

  • April Lara

    I find this very practical. On the other hand, you can find more about nursing clothes here: http://www.breastfeedingclothes.org/