DIY: Nursing friendly tank top

Our dear Nora Lea is here! She has taken all of our spare thoughts and time. Many apologies for delay in posting. 

She is 7 weeks today and we are finding we have a bit more time to breath and complete tasks on our to-do list! This project came out of necessity as I noticed very quickly that most of the shirts I owned were not breastfeeding friendly. 
Through some pinterest searching I found a few options and tutorials. Here is what I ended up making 
DIY: Nursing Friendly Tank Top

  1. Buy two tank tops of the same size and style. I found a sale at Target and bought my tank tops from there.
  2. Turn one of the tank tops inside out and place on you. Make marks about 2 inches below your bust line. Cut at this mark all the way around the tank.    
  3. Place the other tank top on you and mark two X’s where you would like the opening to be. Make sure this lines up with your nipple to make it easier to access when you need to breast feed. Make sure they line up generally on both sides (mine don’t in picture but I fixed). Cut a straight line carefully. Hem the edges of the opening. Make this a very thin hem, approximately a centimeter.  
  4. Cut three strips approximately one inch wide using the remaining fabric of the tank that you cropped. Using a binder clip or other method to keep the strips still, place the strips on top of eachother. Braid the three strips taking care to make sure the “outside” of the shirt is what is showing versus the inside if it’s a different color.           
  5. Pin the braided peice to the cropped tank top on the bottom edge. Sew using a single stitch all the way around.     
  6. Attach the cropped tank on top of the full tank. Sew on the under arm circles and the neck circle with the stitch of your choice. On one side I chose a single stitch and on the other I did a more thorough stitch. Both have stayed fine.   
  7. Make sure the tank top fits! I have to make a few alterations around the under arms and back side.   
  8. Here is the final product. I’m proud of this and hope you can make one of your own! 

Cheers!
Nikki