Is there anything worse than finding a dress that’s almost perfect? When I found this fun color-blocked dress at H&M a couple months ago, it was love at first sight…except for that plunging neckline. Always the challenge to appropriately cover the nursing-mom cleavage, can I get an Amen? So instead of passing it up, I figured out a DIY solution!
The neckline was actually low enough that it allowed nursing access, but I wanted to be able to cover up the cleave when I was done! I created this little panel that snaps open and shut.
Get the tutorial below!
First, try your dress or top on and measure how high you want your panel to go (i.e. how much cleavage you’ve got exposed! Mine was about 4″ high). Then, lay your dress or top face down on a flat surface to measure the width. Be sure you’re not stretching the opening. Mark how high your panel will go on the dress with a pen (i.e. 4″ above the bottom of the opening). Then measure across the width of the opening at that point, and add about 1.5″ to overlap underneath (mine was about 5.5″).
Now you’ll need to cut out your triangle of fabric for the panel. Since my dress was made of a polyester knit, I used a black cotton knit that looked similar enough to the dress fabric. I folded my fabric in half, and then cut out a triangle measuring the width you calculated above (5.5″ for me) and the height you measured above plus 1″ (about 5″ for mine), with the fold of the fabric at the top. I wanted to use the fold as the top edge instead of hemming my fabric there.
Now just finish the raw edges of your triangle sides…I used a serger but a simple zig-zag stitch would work too. Then hand-stitch the bottom of your triangle flap to the inside of your dress, just below the neckline opening. Mark where your panel hits the dress when closed, and hand-stitch snaps to both the top of the panel and inside of dress. Or, if you’re not nursing and don’t need access, just hand-stitch the top in place as well!
Voila! Now go enjoy your new top/dress, in confidence that nobody’s staring at your chest!