Spring is coming! And with it, my favorite flower: violets!
I’ve always loved violets. The wild kind that grow in the yard, all haphazardly and wherever they darn well please. They were our wedding flower, which was great in theory until I realized how hard it was to find the seed packets I needed for favors and the candied blooms I wanted to top our cupcakes.
But I still love them. And I think that’s why I fell in love with this pretty , springy Violet Dreams sleepdress, designed for pregnant and nursing moms by Annee Matthew, and newly available at A Mother’s Boutique.
During these first few weeks of postpartum bliss, I can usually be found in yoga pants and a t-shirt. Not a nice t-shirt, mind you, but most likely one from a 5K I ran far too long ago. I’m usually sporting at least one or two very attractive wet spots from an overactive letdown that got away from me. On really special days, I might match…but probably not. That’s why this sleepdress is the perfect addition to my post-baby wardrobe. It’s pretty, functional, and just plain simple (since it’s one piece.) No matching needed, and while it’s comfy enough for lounging or sleeping, it’s also cute enough to be seen in if someone stops by.
…and it has violets, so it makes me happy.
I love the structure of this gown. The midsection is roomy enough to accommodate a little post-partum tummy, the length is flattering yet not too short, and the top is designed so that it’s cool and comfortable for warmer weather without exposing too much. (And let me tell you, posting a photo a mere 3 1/2 weeks postpartum – online, no less – was more than a little daunting. But if that model above can rock shoes with a nightie, I can too!)
Annee Matthew has designed comfortable pull-aside panels that allow me to nurse easily without having to pull anything up and expose my middle (which ain’t great right now, if we’re being honest.)
You can see in the photos below that barely any skin shows at all when I pull the neckline access panel to the side to nurse. (Note: I tried to tandem nurse in this gown, and the way the panels are sewn doesn’t allow it. It might be OK for someone smaller, but for me there just isn’t enough stretch in the fabric. But I prefer to nurse one at a time, and that works perfectly in this gown.)
The upper portion of the sleepdress is definitely cut to fit snugly. It provides support, so no other undergarments are needed to hold pads in place (a plus!) but if you’re large-busted at all, I would recommend ordering a size up, just to be sure you get a good fit. Luckily, this gown is available in XS through 3X, offering the perfect size for any new mom.
The Violet Dreams Sleepdress by Annee Matthew is 100% breathable cotton, and can be worn through pregnancy and beyond. (Also available in Sweetpea, which is a pink version.) Find it at A Mother’s Boutique for a retail price of $69.00. Check out A Mother’s Boutique for all your breastfeeding needs, from bras and swimsuits to breast pumps.
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