Hey everyone, here is how I cut out butterwick6446 to make it breastfeeding friendly, but you can apply this same idea to any pattern with a similar cut – the main thing is that your pattern needs to have these sorta horizontal pleats across the bust.
And I’m using this lovely black floral fabric that is linked below.
It has a bit of spandex in it which really helps with the whole breast feeding part.
It’s also a great, year-round design which is great, because if your life is like mine, you barely have any time to sew for yourself. So to get started, I pinned pattern piece #1 to the grain and started cutting it out like normal.
Then I measure up to just past that first pleat area – so I’m doing size12 which means this is about 6 inches for me.
So I take that same 6” measurement to the other side. Then I take some of this tailor’s crayon and used it since it shows up against the black fabric.
I use that to mark the same 6” across starting from that bottom raw edge. Basically, when I saw this pattern, I thought it would lend itself well to hiding two pieces of fabric together since I could overlap the two pieces of fabrics and it would just look like another pleat, but the overlap gap would make this breastfeeding friendly…see where I’m going with this? Just keep watching.
So after I mark that 6” across the curve, then I cut it out.
Then I line up that same #1 pattern piece to the newly cut edge.I move it down one inch, though, so I’ll have one inch to fold over twice and enclose those raw edges. And then I continue to cut out like normal.
So moving onto pattern piece #2… and this piece doesn’t have a pleat built into the pattern. So I’m adding about an inch and a half to the bottom of the smaller side so I can add a pleat.
Remember, I’m hiding the two panels coming together with these pleats, so each side needs to have at least one pleat. I hope all of this is making sense.
So I clip at the 2” and 4” mark to show where that new pleat is going to go, but you can put it where ever in this range that you want. And then I mark across that pattern piece in the same sort of fashion that I did with the previous piece.
So I’m measuring up from the raw edge at the bottom and I picked a measurement that is about 1 inch above the2” pleating mark.
And then I move the #2 pattern piece down about 1” or ½” – doesn’t really matter and it depends on how much fabric you’re going to turn up when you go to enclose the raw edges. If you’re going to turn up ¼”twice, then go with the ½”, but if you’d rather turn up ½” twice, then you ’l l need to add 1” to the length.
Just be consistent and think about what you’re doing.And from there, I pinned the pattern piece #2 and cut it out like normal.
Finally, the last thing you’ll have to do to alter this to be breastfeeding friendly is make some facings since you don’t want to line this, or at least I didn’t want to line this… just more to rustle through when your hungry, crying baby is wanting some milk.
So I used the pattern pieces to make facings.It doesn’t have to be perfect here,you can clean up those curves with a serger later on.
Oh, and you’ll want to flip your pattern so your facing will match up to the dress with the right side of the fabrics touching – I forgot about doing this, so you’ll see in my tutorial that half of my facings are with the wrong side of the fabric facing out…it happens.
So to prepare these pieces for the full sewing tutorial, you’ll turn those raw edges up once, iron that down in place, and turn the mup again, and iron that down in place before taking that to your sewing machine to stitch in place.
Once you are done stitching all of those raw edges down, then you can put the top part of the bodice on top of the bottom part of the bodice, and go ahead and check your alignment with the pattern piece… and then you can tack the two piece together at the ends.
And from there, repeat the same thing to the other side and you’ll be ready for the full sewing tutorial, or you can just follow your pattern’s directions if you’d rather.
I hope this video was helpful.
If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them.
As always, I appreciate y’all for watching and I hope to catch ya next time.