Breastfeeding Sewing – Sagebrush top

Hi everyone,

It has been a while since I did a breastfeeding hack. Mostly due to the fact that I am now so heavily pregnant that my sewing chair is no longer comfortable, and cutting out my fabric feels impossible (I do it on the living room floor). So, this post is even more exciting for me, just because I have amazed myself that I did it!!

This time I have been hacking the Sagebrush top, by Friday Pattern Company. I have been seeing so many of these on Instagram at the moment, and I have been loving 99.9% of them, so I knew this was a pattern I really wanted to try. Right now I am not making anything unless it has boob access, so for my Sagebrush top dreams to come true then I had to figure a way of hacking it.

I decided to add zips to the bodice, as I loved the idea that the top of the zips could be hidden by the frill detail. Making an invisible zip even more invisible! Perfection!!

Other than the boob access hack, amazingly I didn’t need to do any other alterations! (For reference I sewed by a large). For me, fitting straight out of the packet is rare so this is yet another plus point for this pattern. (That said, it doesn’t fit over the current pregnant belly, but it will be absolutely perfect once the baby makes their appearance.)

For this hack I used this gorgeous Cupro and Tencel black bark crepe from Sister Mintaka. It is so buttery soft and was fantastic to sew with, and it’s even nicer to wear. Pure luxury. I would highly recommend it, and Sister Mintaka also has some other gorgeous colours in this range.

So, for this hack you will just need:

  • The Sagebrush top pattern, from Friday Pattern Company
  • Your fabric
  • Sewing supplies
  • Ruler, paper scissors and some extra paper
  • 2x 12” invisible zips

Right, let’s get to the hacking…

  1. Cut out your paper pattern pieces in your required size.

2. We will now hack the front bodice piece. Measure horizontally from the centre front to the notch (found on the top of the pattern piece). Note this down, and add 1cm. Mine was 14cm.

3. Measure from the centre front across by your measurement (e.g. 14cm) and mark. Draw a line down to the hem, like in my photo.

4. Either cut down this line, or fold over. (Personally I fold so I can use the pattern without the hack in the future).

5. We need add a 5/8” seam allowance to these two pattern pieces. If you have cut your pattern piece then add some paper to the pattern pieces along your new cut line, measure 5/8” and cut. If you fold, remember to cut your fabric with the added seam allowance!!

6. Cut out your fabric, including 1x front body (on the fold) and 2x front body edge.

7. We will now prepare to add the zips to the new seams we have created in the front bodice. Before this, finish your bodice seam (vertical) using your preferred method.

8. Lay the invisible zipper face down on the right side of the fabric, so the coil is sitting at the 5/8” seam line. You want the top of the zip ribbon to line up with the top of the bodice (so the teeth start about an inch lower).

9. Stitch the zip in place using a zipper foot.

10. Repeat for the other side of the zip.

11. Repeat for the second zip.

12. With right sides together, pin and sew the bodice front pieces together from the zip base down to the hem. Your bodice will now look like this…

13. I suggest also sewing above the top of the zip as it makes attaching to the facing easier. To do this, pin the bodice pieces, right sides together. Stitch using a 5/8” seam allowance in the same way you did for below the zip. This seam will be about 1cm in length.

14. You can now follow on with the main instructions. Our hacked bodice will now act as the “Front Body (B) piece” in the instructions.

Hope you have all enjoyed by latest hack. I have already started making a second version, because I feel so lovely in this first one. Can’t wait to show you the next one too.

As always, please do share your makes if you use the hack. I absolutely love seeing what everyone is making.

See you next time,

Love, Abigail x

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