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Not long after birthing each one of my daughters, I returned to my pre-pregnancy weight with little delay. I've been blessed with a decent stomach pouch that makes me wonder why neither of my kids were born as marsupials.
I'm very self-conscious of this pouch, and I'm even more so when I have to nurse in a public venue. If my baby has to eat, I feed her regardless of where I am. That said, I'm not thrilled about strangers witnessing my soft belly when the ol' shirt comes up for a nursing session.
I started looking around for specialty nursing tanks. The kind that attach to your current nursing bra, and allow you to lift up your shirt, while the tank underneath hides your snack pouch. (Okay, I don't actually keep snacks in it, but if I could, I might like it better.) Do you understand how expensive these nursing tanks are? Who can afford one, let alone several, plus nursing bras? I've taken to making my own nursing bras with great results, so I thought I'd give making my own tanks a stab.
I did it, and did a good job, and now I'm here to pass on to you The Easiest DIY Nursing Tank In The World!
Here's what you'll need:
- A camisole tank top. I got mine from Wet Seal for about $4.
- Sewing needle
- Thread in a similar color to your tank
Time: From start to finish, about 10-15 minutes
First, you'll need to cut the straps on the back of your tank:
Next, you'll make a small loop. This loop only needs to be big enough to fit around your nursing bra clasp. If your straps are stretchy, like most are, they can be pretty small: (Don't make fun of my lack of manicured nails...I'm taking care of babies, not having tea with the Queen.)
Once you have your loop in the right size, go to town sewing it in place. There are no special stitches that I use, it's just a random stab-and-jab until that sucker is secure. Now you can cut off the remaining tail of your strap.
Once you've completed both sides, your tank will look like this:
When attached to your nursing bra:
And here it is in action, my regular shirt is pulled up, but the nursing tank is still in place. Notice how you can't see my beloved pooch:
I really prefer that my tanks don't have a shelf bra. I think they are uncomfortable to wear in conjunction with a nursing bra. However, you can also take a cami with a shelf bra and make a nursing tank that has clasps to wear on its own.
Images by Jenni Buckley, Nick Buckley
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