I came up with a process to make a presentable t-shirt cheaply, that works as a nursing top.
You will need a t-shirt that's too big for you, a sewing maching (I used a serger) and scissors.
First start with your XL men's t-shirt. Or if you are a smaller person, a smaller shirt. But we will be taking in a bit so guesstimate. My measurements are:
When finished my shirt has a good 4" ease for comfort. I had made one tighter, but didn't like that you could see my doughboy tummy.
|XL Men's T-shirt, nice and roomy|
|I measured 3" down from the armpit seam|
|Cut 3" down from armpit seam|
|Cut down center front|
|Fold over sides of cut center front and make a diagonal line|
|Cut along the diagonal line and make a V|
|Overlap the two center front corners|
|My overlap was 8", you can try on the shirt and find the most comfortable overlap for yourself|
|Pin your overlap|
|Baste or serve the overlap only|
|Keep the overlap pinned even after sewing-cut open the center back-straight down the middle|
|Take the bottom half of the shirt and cut a straight line|
|pin the top of the overlapped shirt, and the bottom|
|Serge a straight line attaching the two pieces|
|There will be extra fabric at the center back, you can cut it to match the center back top and then ease it to 0" for a A shape, or cut straight down for a fitted shape.|
|Serge or sew the center back seam. Before you sew, try it on and pin the fit you want then mark. This is what the back should look like.|
|This is the front of the shirt inside out, with my son, because he desperately wanted to be in the picture.|
|This is the finished shirt, I took in a bit more ease for the picture, I wear mine larger than shown. No need to hem the neckline, it's a jersey so it just rolls nicely, and no frays.|
|Pull one part to the side and easy nursing, just remember, this is a jersey fabric, it will stretch so the neckline will get looser each time you nurse until you wash it again. So if you want to reinforce it with an elastic that would help.|
I'm wearing the one I made in the photo's right now.