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DIY: The ‘uncrafty’ mom’s nursing bra conversion
July 14, 2018 – 05:03 am
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I’ve been breastfeeding for more than two years now, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned from my experience thus far, it’s that I hate nursing bras.

I was never blessed with a buxom bosom, but I always thought that once I was pregnant, and then nursing, I would have the voluptuous breasts I dreamed of as a prepubescent teenager. Alas, whatever entity is in charge of doling out the good sized mams must have overlooked me. Even when my milk came in, and I was engorged, I still sat on the fence between a B cup and a C cup.

Back to my hatred of nursing bras. Whoever designed these apparently had no regard to those of us less endowed. The same level of support necessary for the larger-breasted ladies is not necessary for us smaller gals. Nursing bras were eating me alive with their 2 inch wide straps. I have no use for four clasps in the back, they just make it harder for me to get dressed. I tried to find a nursing bra that was cute, even *gasp, * sexy. The sales lady told me she had something that might fit me in a D or E cup, even after I told her I’m a 34 B. Either she doesn’t understand how bras work, or did not have a firm grasp on the alphabet.

photo (8)I was fed up. I decided to take matters into my own hands. A scary thought, since these hands are not crafty hands. Nightmares of Home Economics class came rushing back. I don’t want to sew my sleeves to anything again. I took the plunge, and am quite pleased with the results, so I thought I’d share this easy tutorial. This DIY works for any sized bra, therefore, any sized lady.

Without further ado, the nursing bra conversion for the craft-challenged mama:

Here’s what you’ll need:
– A regular bra of your size. I used a wireless. Read my note below regarding bra types.
– Thread in a color to match your bra
– Nursing bra clasps. You can buy them here.
– Sewing needles. I needed more than one. I may have broken a few.
– Elastic. I bought mine here.
– Scissors
– Time: The first bra I sewed took me about an hour. I also made some mistakes and had to redo some things. Subsequent bras took anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes.

It’s also a good idea to figure out what type of knot to use. This is the knot I used to start, and this is what I used for a finishing knot. If you’re a craft failure like me, you’ll want to practice on something before you start on your bra. Once you get it, it’s easy, I promise!

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