However... I do have a bit of a problem. I WILL NOT buy something that I know I can make for cheaper at home. I can't do it. Especially when it is SO EASY to do yourself, and takes about 15 minutes.
When I first found out I was pregnant I was adding way too many items to my baby registry on amazon.com, and I found this super cool nursing tank top called "Undercover Mama". Basically, it is a tank top without straps that attaches to your nursing bra, and it will turn any shirt into a nursing shirt.... See?
Well, It also retails on amazon for 25 bucks each. I'm sorry... It IS a genius idea. But I'm not spending 25 bucks on it...
**DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT SELLING THIS IDEA. JUST SHARING ON A PUBLIC BLOG FOR FREE. SINCE THIS IS NOT MY IDEA, I AM NOT SELLING IT IN ANY WAY...**
Anyway, this is how you make one...
YOU WILL NEED:
1 fitted camisole of your choice
1 spool of thread that matches your new camisole
1 hand needle
1 seam ripper
1 pair of scissors
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First, go to the store and buy a fitted cami of your choice. I prefer the ones at Forever 21. Their Basic Knit Tanks are great. I love that they are long enough for you to layer but thin enough you don't feel like you are wearing a lot of extra fabric. Plus, they are long enough to tuck in if you prefer. The fact that their most expensive type is $3.80 totally helps my idea of them being the best too! :) I got 2 in white, one in black, one in heather gray, and one in a cute white and tan stripe. The idea is that you can wear them under any of your shirts, so all you have to do is lift up the top layer and the bottom layer (your nursing tank) keeps your torso from hanging out all over and allows the top layer (your shirt) to hide any boobage that might be exposed.
You want to make sure that your tank top's strap is perpendicular (that's my big word use of the day...) to the back of the tank top, so when the strap is removed in the next step, it doesn't look funny.
|see how the strap is perpendicular to the back of the top? |
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Using a SEAM RIPPER carefully detach the back of the strap from the back of the tank top making sure you are only removing the stitching from the strap and not the hem of the top.
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Once your strap is detached, use your scissors and cut your strap so it is about two inches long from the front where it attaches to your cami.
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Loop it around and attach the end with your needle and thread. Make sure that your stitches are secure, so go over it a few times. I like to follow the pre-sewn line on the hem to camouflage my own stitching.
Repeat on the other side and you are done!
When you are ready to wear, attach the loops to the clips of your nursing bra and throw on your top layer shirt. When your babe is ready to nurse, pull up your top layer, unhook your bra and the loop, and nurse without showing the world your ta-tas and your exposed post-pregnancy muffin top. When babe is finished, reattach the loop to the clip, and then pull your top layer back down. :)
Easy Peasy. And it only cost you $3.80.