Modest no sew nursing tops

After nursing all ten of my babies, one thing I needed to purchase each year was nursing tops.  Most of the tops that were “in style” were immodest, extremely uncomfortable to nurse in, and shrank after being washed a few times.  It was a very frustrating thing at an already emotional time.  I had to find another alternative.


First thing I did was I headed to our goodwill and purchased some plain t-shirts.  I tried to find ones that were form fitting, higher around the neck, and longer to hide those “after baby bellies.”

Next I put them on.  Stood in front of the mirror, grabbed my sewing scissors , and started to cut nursing slits.


I made sure to cut more on the outer curve of the breast.  I did cut ones right across the front of my breast but those usually ended up showing through my outer top.  The cut needs to be about 3 inches wide.

Now choose an outertop to cover your nursing holes.  You can wear most any kind, fitted, button- up,etc.  What’s great is that you don’t have to lift up the bottom shirt to nurse.  All that “after baby tummy” doesn’t get exposed:-)




Simple and easy, wish I would’ve thought of this for my first babies.

4 responses to “Modest no sew nursing tops

  1. What a fantastic idea!! I was wondering how if you hemmed the edges of the holes cut into the top? Do the edges fray or the openings get bigger when they’ve been washed?

    • julie, no i didn’t hem the edges and they stayed the same. When I bought my shirts at Goodwill I made sure to get a nicer shirt like the Old Navy perfect tees are my favorite they wash well and have not stretched on me yet. Try some and let me know how they work out!

  2. This is a great idea! My question is how do you use breast pads without wearing a bra? I have been greatly enjoying your blog! Thank you for sharing and may God bless your family this day!

    • Hello Haven, are you thinking that what you see is breast pads? No it is the bra that you see:)…Hope that helps answer your questions:)

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