During my pregnancy I taught myself to sew home decor projects and to dabble in children’s clothing. However, once baby boy was finally here, I DESPERATELY needed a comfy nursing shirt. I had never made a garment for myself before, but figured — “I got this” — Haha, what a learning curve! I made this shirt at 7 weeks postpartum and felt damn good about it (even with all its imperfections).
Patterns for Pirates is the first pattern company that made me feel like I could ACTUALLY tackle a sewing pattern for me! Judy Hale (the pattern designer) uses plain language and lots of pictures to walk you through construction. There is a Facebook group too — and there you can get all kinds of feedback and assistance along the way! Its such a wonderful community of seamstresses helping newbie seamstresses like myself.
For my version, I followed Judy’s instructions on her nursing mod blog post. I didn’t end up following it completely because, well,
I’m lazy newbie seamstress, lol. Figured I could always just take a cheap tank top and cut it into a modesty panel. I used the WORST slinky knit fabric in Jo-Ann’s and it was a beast to sew, but hey – it wasn’t too expensive, and at least I learned just how bad things can get if you aren’t careful with your fabric selection. I lined my hood and made my henley placket and sleeve tabs from a coordinating quilting cotton from the remnants bin.
I didn’t know anything about stabilizing my neckline and I am sure it grew… I ended up adding a box pleat in the back to properly attach the hood… The quilting cotton and slinky knit kept fighting each other… Live and learn.
I feel good about it and though I wish I had finished the neckline with twill tape it serging and topstitching it’s not a big deal because this investment cost me less tha one private sewing lesson would ever cost!
All-in, this was my most worn garment those early days and through this experience I learned enough to know that I could complete a finished garment that I was proud of, with very little financial investment and a little bit of time.