Remember when I said I was planning a stylish yet comfortable postpartum wardrobe? You can see the 1st postpartum and nursing outfit I sewed, in this post. Today I’m sharing the 2nd postpartum and nursing outfit.
There are not any maternity or nursing patterns specifically for tall women, but once you begin to sew, and know your own body and fit adjustments well, you can create your own wardrobe especially for maternity and nursing. One of my favorite patterns for nursing is the Tallinn Sweater by Hey June Patterns. While it’s not designed specifically for nursing, the cross front design allows for that perfectly! In fact, you can see my whole list here of all the Hey June Patterns that work for pregnancy and nursing.
If you’re interested, I usually add 1” width to the shoulders, 2” to the sleeve length, and 1.5” to the body length. These are my standard adjustments for knit top patterns from this pattern company. However, I just made the sleeves elbow length for this version so I can wear it into summer. These adjustments change a garment from annoying to pure joy for me! The adjustments I make to bottom patterns are much more comical as my legs just go on and on…
The beautiful micro rib knit in rust is from D& H Fabrics and is absolute soft-as-a-cloud perfection for this Tallinn top. It drapes beautifully and with the rayon spandex blend will layer under a sweater for cooler days but stand alone by itself all summer long. (I got on a roll and made a sweater to go with this Tallinn nursing top for a brand new postpartum outfit…you can see it on my Skirt Fixation blog.)
To make this beautiful Tallinn Top into a whole outfit, I decided to make a 2nd Julia Cardigan. This cardigan really is the perfect shape for nursing with the perfect balance of coverage and also not too bulky.
For this 2nd Julia Cardigan, I chose some Watercolor Floral oatmeal french terry fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. It’s absolute perfection, and there is a very good reason it sells out as fast as they can get it in stock!
The final piece of this postpartum outfit is the Sandbryce Skirt (yes, I made that name up! There’s no pattern by that name, and you can read my tutorial on how to mash the Sandbridge Skirt and Bryce Cargos to get this skirt.) While I made this skirt for maternity wear, I fully anticipate turning to that comfortable and supportive wide knit waistband over and over again for a month or two after giving birth!
If you’d like to read about WHY I chose to sew a 2nd postpartum and nursing outfit, please head over to the D&H Fabrics blog and read my story.