There are many nursing friendly patterns out there, but patterns specifically designed for nursing can be hard to come by. That’s where my love for Jalie comes in- they have a great line-up of patterns designed to make a nursing mama’s life easier (and what nursing mama doesn’t need a break somewhere?!) but it doesn’t stop there- most of these patterns also include non-nursing views as well, so they can be used long after baby has traded her milk fixation for PB&J and lego Duplo play.
Jalie 2787 is one of these great options, and I’ve been meaning to try it out for a while. This pattern, like many of their newer patterns, is available as a layered PDF, so you can easily print the size(s) you need. Jalie is known for being spot on in fit- they don’t include a lot of extra ease in their patterns, so go by your measured size, and blend if needed. I made a size P, blending to a Q in the hips, and it is nicely fitted, just as I would expect from the pattern envelope. Sizes 2-22 are included in this pattern (most Jalie patterns have this awesome size range!) so you can also make a matching top for your little one. Princess is still too small for the size 2, but I’m looking forward to matching with her next year!
I couldn’t resist playing with the lines of the top a bit, and using my floral stripe cotton-lycra strike off from Max and Meena for my first version. -I’m a sucker for a good floral/stripe combo, and the structured cotton lycra was a good match for this pattern (a drapey fabric like rayon spandex would work too, but it would yield a different look). I think I did almost too well with my stripe matching though- you can hardly see the cool crossover that’s the hallmark of this pattern!
I only made a couple minor changes during construction: I didn’t tack the front closed, as I was happy with the way it was, and I did a hidden bias binding for the neck edge to give it extra durability, as I knew I might be pulling it down to nurse (in addition to the option to go under- pulling it down from the top is easier for me when I’m baby-wearing) and didn’t want it to stretch out. In this method, the entire binding is hidden on the inside, so it gives a clean look and a stable edge.
I was surprised by how high the crossover hit on my neck- I suspect this is because size “P” is technically a child’s size, and the children’s sizes were probably designed for more modest coverage. I may try to figure out how to lower this in the future- it’s still very nursing accessible, but I just prefer a lower neckline. The option to to underneath the crossover is great though- while I don’t shy away from nursing in public, it’s nice to have a more modest option when needed.
What to check out my reviews of other nursing friendly and designed-for-nursing patterns? Check out the “Nursing” category on my blog HERE
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