Today I want to show you a very simple trick especially for all the nursing moms out there. It’s not easy to find clothing that is warm and nursing friendly in the winter and that is not a giant sweater. I have those too, but I’m always annoyed by all the fabric bunching when I hike them up. Plus, my girl likes to pull on my clothing while nursing so I keep pulling it back up and out of her face. The best thing would be a sweater that has easy access through the front so you don’t have all that fabric. The Jasper is perfect for this as I’ll show you below!
What I did with my Jasper was add a blind zipper in each princess seam. They start close to the armscye and end just above the pockets. I added them about two years after I made this sweater, which is doable but not the easiest way. That would definitely be to do it during the construction. You can choose to either sew them so the zipper pull is close to the pockets or to the sleeve, what you think is less visible. Choose a zipper that is close to the colour of your fabric so the pull doesn’t show. If you don’t have one you can also paint the pull with nail polish or a marker.
I could make a whole tutorial out of this but it’s so simple I’ll just describe it. If you’re inserting them during construction, do it at step 3, when you sew the side pieces to the front piece. You’ll need two blind zips of about 8.5″ (22 cm) or longer, as you can cut them off if they’re too long. Sew them in like you would normally sew a blind zip. You’re probably used to setting them in in lightweight fabric, but it works fine with sweatshirt knits as well. If you’re setting them in after making the sweater, unpick the princess seams from the pocket to the armscye, and also a little bit of the sleeve seam. Set them in and close the seams at the top and near the pocket. Easy hack for easy access!
What’s your favourite nursing garment? Did you buy special clothing?