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Cami–>Nursing Cami–>Cami

This little post is quite simply to explain how to turn this

Plain Black Cami

into this

Black Nursing Cami

and back again.

I love camis. I wear camis with EVERYTHING. As undershirts, pj tops, regular tops, exercise tops, etc. If I’m not wearing a cami, I’m probably in the shower or in a swimsuit. So when I became pregnant with my current little bun in the oven, I started browsing around for nursing camis. To be perfectly honest, I hated all of them! Everything I looked at felt funny or had really bulky straps or looked frumpy. So I started browsing around for DIY nursing camis, and found this wonderful post by RefashionMama on turning a cami into a nursing cami. I loved the idea and held onto it up until very recently when the idea of actually needing to nurse in a few weeks prompted me to start sewing. Then I realized… wait, I want to be able to use my camis again as regular camis, not just as nursing camis! Help! What do I do! And that’s when it occured to me: take RefashionMama’s idea and turn it up a notch. A bit more work, but for my much-loved camis, totally worth it! Here’s what I did:

What You Need:

  • Cami (I use Arizona Favorite Stretch-Cotton Camis from JCPenney)
  • Pins
  • Measuring tape
  • Sewing machine (or you could hand sew it, but…)
  • Thread (TIP: You might want to use a *slightly* different color than your cami’s elastic so that you can clearly see the stitching for when you turn it back into a regular cami.)
  • Nursing bra to practice with (optional)

Step 1: Measure about 1.5 inches from the start of the strap.

Measure about 1.5 inches from the base of the strap.

Measure about 1.5 inches from the base of the strap.

Step 2: Fold the strap down, curving it around so that the “front” of the elastic is showing on both sides of the loop. If you have a nursing bra on hand, make sure that the loop will fit over the snap, practice closing it, and adjust the length of the loop as needed.

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Make a loop. Curve it so that you can see the “front” of the elastic on both sides of the loop.

Step 3: Pin the strap so that it’s somewhat centered at the top of where it began, but angled so that it will follow the underarm of the cami elastic.

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Pin the loop so that it’s somewhat centered at the base.

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Angle the strap so that it will line up with the underarm elastic.

Step 4: Pulling the strap slightly to match the natural curve of the underarm elastic, pin the strap down. You might need to readjust these pins a few times.

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Pull the strap slightly so that it follows the natural curve of the underarm elastic. The end result will be that it makes the underarm elastic bunch up when you let go.

Step 5: After you’ve pinned the strap down, you might want to try it on to make sure that the strap and underarm elastic line up properly when you’re wearing it. Be careful not to poke yourself with those pins!!!

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Try it on to make sure your pins are in the proper locations. You might need a friend to help you adjust the pins while it’s on you. Be careful not to poke yourself!

Step 6: Making sure that both layers of elastic are lined up, start just under the loop you made and sew with a wide, loose zigzag stitch. Make sure to double up your stitching for a super secure hold at the base of the loop. Pull the elastic ever so slightly so that the strap and the underarm elastic stay lined up. Don’t pull too hard! Just enough to get that strap aligned!

Use a wide, loose zigzag stitch. Pull the elastic slightly as you sew to keep the strap in line with the underarm elastic. Double up your stitching at the base of the loop for extra support.

Use a wide, loose zigzag stitch. Pull the elastic slightly as you sew to keep the strap in line with the underarm elastic. Double up your stitching at the base of the loop for extra support.

Step 7: Repeat on other side.

Step 8: Wear it! Love it!

Step 9: When you’re all done nursing and want that cami back, CAREFULLY tear out the stitching with a stitch remover.

Be very careful not to tear up the elastic! This is why it's probably a good idea to use a slightly different color thread...

Be very careful not to tear up the elastic! This is why it’s probably a good idea to use a slightly different color thread…

Step 10: Enjoy having your regular cami back!

 

Coming up in a few weeks: DIY Nursing Bra from your favorite bra! (Waiting on my friend to come visit… She has a tool I need.)

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