Sneak Peeks... 4 of 10

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

Comments

okie2thfairy said…
I'm anxiously awaiting them all! Love them so far. No nursing babies but hoodie is definitely a plus!
Virginie said…
C'est tout à fait brillant! Quand peut-on commander les nouveaux patrons? J'ai tellement hâte de coudre ce t-shirt à capuchon, ainsi que la chemise! Et j'ai vraiment hâte de voir les autres patrons aussi!
Dawn said…
Love those tops!!!
Emilie@Jalie said…
We have only two photo shoots left. As soon as all the pattern covers are sent off to press, the patterns will be available for pre-order (most probably around sept. 26). If everything goes smoothly we will start shipping around October 4th.
Anonymous said…
Woo hoo! Just this morning I was complaining about my "nursing" wardrobe! Is this top drafted at the regular cup size you typically draft for, or did you go up a size?

Amusing note: I'm currently nursing my baby while typing this!
Emilie@Jalie said…
We did not go up a size, but there is a bit more ease than usual at bust and waist.
Alex said…
Finally. Thankyou! Just had my baby two months ago and had planned on modifying the dress pattern with snaps to make it nursing friendly but this will be so much easier. I need more t-shirts.
jennx said…
OMG Hooray!!!! I can't wait to sew this up.
Deepika said…
I am loving the hoodie!
Gail said…
I'm not in the nursing mother's market (my girls are 20 and 16) but I still like the double layer look. Can it be worn by a non-nm?

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