I made another Handmade Nursing Dress!

I am so excited to share my newest make with you all. It’s another nursing-friendly dress… and this time, it has an invisible zip down the center front.

This dress is a variation of the previous dress I made for myself. I just altered the button placket to accommodate the invisible zip instead.

Oh and I changed the sleeve a bit… On my sleeve pattern, I shortened the sleeve & then increased the width of the hem using the slash and spread method. I actually love how it turned out!

Nursing Dress with a Zipper Alterations:

  • I added a 5/8” seam allowance to my bodice’s center front and my skirt’s center front.
  • After sewing up the darts on my bodices’ front and back pieces…and then pressing them, I attached each of my bodice front pieces to the corresponding waist seams of the skirt front pieces.
  • I finished the seam allowances of both CF edges and proceeded with inserting the invisible zipper – making sure I matched the zipper up at the waist seams.
  • I eliminated the center back seams for both my back bodice and skirt back pieces. Instead, I cut those on the fold to eliminate the extra sewing and seam finishing… because, why not? Less work for me!


  • I used a 100% rayon fabric from Cotton + Steel that I purchased a couple of years ago. It has a lovely drape to it and is quite breathable which I absolutely LOVE!

The weather in NJ is still quite warm at the moment so breathable fabrics are still A MUST! In fact, when my family and I went out yesterday to snap these pictures, we stopped at the end of the block and just snapped them there instead of continuing on to the park. The park is literally a 5-7 minute walk, but the 80°F weather literally stopped us in our tracks! It was waaaay too hot & if we kept on walking, we would have ended up a sweaty mess. No, thank you…

This rayon fabric kept me cool though and quite comfortable in the shade. The dress itself is extremely lightweight and super breezy so it’s perfect for summer!

Speaking of summer, this summer was really a life-changing one for me. I gave up coffee, purchased new homeschooling curriculum (that we’re all loving btw), made me and my girls some pretty handmade dresses… experienced what it’s like to “test” a pattern before it’s released and blogged whenever I got the chance. In terms of sewing and pattern making, I’m learning so much & I’m finding myself even more addicted to the whole process of making clothes. Like obsessed, y’all… It’s all I think about!

Wearing dresses that are nursing friendly AND fit well is something I hadn’t experienced before I started making my own just a few months ago.  If you read the post about my 30th birthday dress, you’d know that I’ve been a nursing momma since 2011. It’s an every day commitment… and every outfit I wear has to be breastfeeding-friendly.  I’ve spent many years in leggings and pants and nursing tops… and I am just over it! Maybe my frustrations are fueling my addiction, but I’m truly loving making these dresses.

Dresses are effortless & comfortable… and there really isn’t anything not to love about them. Well, if your legs rub you may not fancy them, but I have a tip! Yay!

Get yourself an anti-chafing balm if your legs rub and your life won’t ever be the same. I use Gold Bond Friction Defense Stick… and it’s great stuff. I don’t monetize this blog yet so I’m not getting paid to say that – I just happen to use it myself and know that it works… hopefully you’ll try it and love it as much as I do!

My Handmade Nursing Dress with a Zipper ♥


Thank you so much for stopping by!  If you’d like to continue following my journey as I add to my handmade wardrobe, make sure to follow me on Instagram. You can also like my Facebook Page so my post updates can appear in your Facebook newsfeed.  <3

As always,

Happy Living, Loving, and Making…

Karina ♥



About The Author

Karina Moran

I’m a homeschooling mom of 4 & I love creating HANDMADE garments and things! Follow my adventures at www.lovemadehandmade.com.


  1. Mayuri | 19th Sep 17

    This is awesome. I don’t know if I can ever make a dress for myself, I love how you styled it with a black belt.

  2. Marian | 20th Sep 17

    This is a FANTASTIC idea. I wish I could sew so I could have looked as cute back in my nursing days. I love dresses but couldn’t wear them back then.

  3. Amber Myers | 20th Sep 17

    This dress is gorgeous! And you made it?! I’m so impressed, you did an amazing job. I love polka dots.

  4. Lavanda Michelle | 20th Sep 17

    That’s beautiful and I know mommy would love the comfort look of it too, especially while nursing. The blue loves lovely on you and the previous dress is beautiful as well.

  5. Rose | 20th Sep 17

    You are awesome! I’m going to make a skirt for my daughter. I did a beanbag the other day but it was with stitch witch.

  6. MICHELLE GWYNN JONES | 20th Sep 17

    Lovely dress. I never made nursing clothes, but I did make most of my maternity clothes. I have always enjoyed items unique to me.

  7. Anne Yedlin | 20th Sep 17

    This is such a pretty dress. I have tried to make clothes for myself …..let me tell you, it wasn’t pretty. You have a gift my dear. Beautiful

  8. Aishwarya Shenolikar | 20th Sep 17

    I love your dress!! Can’t believe you actually made it; you’ve got so much talent!! 🙂

  9. Emma | 20th Sep 17

    Love the dress, you’re a talent! Looked for this sort of thing in Australia when I was breast feeding but not a lot available x

  10. Kitty | 20th Sep 17

    Wow I am in love with this nursing dress… I want one of these … I am pregnant right now and due this october 😀

  11. Natalie | 21st Sep 17

    Wow this dress is so pretty – cute colour and pattern!! And I would never know it is a nursing dress just by looking at it! Great work!

  12. Rain | 21st Sep 17

    wow. you’re talented. i love it. sewing is such a lost art. my mom taught me at a young age but, i never hear about younger generations talking about it unless they specifically want to be fashion designers.

  13. Louise Bishop | 21st Sep 17

    Blue is such a pretty color on you. The polka dots just make it so cute!

  14. David Elliott | 21st Sep 17

    I am impressed by the handmade dress here. I know that when I got married they handmade our clothes but it was pretty difficult work. You are quite talented I can say for sure.

  15. Ophelia T | 21st Sep 17

    I love your dress. It is so pretty and great for this season. Thanks for sharing.

  16. sarah | 24th Sep 17

    This dress is amazing. You look fab. I wish I have the same skill.

  17. Blair villanueva | 25th Sep 17

    You did a great job! And i lioe the fabric that you chose. Polka dots are always instyle.

  18. Megan | 25th Sep 17

    I love that this dress is both beautiful and functional for moms! I am so impressed!

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