When my daughter was born, I wanted to give breastfeeding a second chance, but had very little time to sew (remember, we were launching the new collection at the same time). So... I went shopping for breastfeeding tops. I could not believe it! Little to no selection, everything was suuuuper expensive, most of the tops did not fit at all (too big or very tight), everything was black or burgundy (no prints - which is weird because solid colors + baby = stains)...
I quickly turned to my creative mom and told her we had to come up with something that did not look like a tent and that would be fitted, yet not too tight (because let's just say that I did not get back into shape as quickly this second time around...). This idea quickly became my favorite pattern of the summer :) We made it in a tee-shirt and tunic length (that I would wear with leggings - I did not want to buy/make jeans before I had lost all the baby weight).
So here is our new nursing tee, 3132:
This is View B, a flattering V-neck shown here in t-shirt length with a 3/4 sleeve. The top has a nursing panel over a layer that looks pretty much like a racerback tank you would wear backwards... You simply have to lift the panel a bit, move the underlayer toward the center and you are ready to nurse or pump.
View A has a totally different look with its hood and kangaroo pocket (shown here in tunic length):
We asked our model - who is a mom of 3 (with great genetics, I know!) - to go back in time and pretend to be nursing our doll just to show how discreet it looks:
Of course, it would not be a real Jalie pattern if it could only be used a few months... That's why the pattern includes a "regular top" version of both the hoodie and V-neck tee:
We gave a prototype to a friend of ours (who is no longer breastfeeding, but now experiencing those lovely hot flashes) and she told us that the nursing panel worked as a venting panel, which she really liked when travelling to Europe during the summer. A nursing/menopause top, how great is that? :)
Tomorrow: 3134... a new Jalie swimsuit