I'm beyond thrilled to announce that Leche Libre will be launching the FIRST EVER Fashion forward PLUS SIZE collection for breastfeeding women via Kickstarter August 1st!
Leche Libre is a mission fueled by my passion for empowering women to own the power of our bodies so we can confidently breastfeed wherever we damn well please in killer style. Body Positivity is a core belief of my brand and in order to deliver on this value, I knew plus sizes were a must have!
It was my intention to launch my Kickstarter last year with plus sizes, but I realized that size 16 was as far as I could expand my "straight size" patterns before the proportions stopped working. I knew I couldn't move forward, because selling clothing that doesn't fit right would be disrespectful and go against my brand mission, so I cut the plus sizes from the Kickstarter offering.
As soon as my Kickstarter last year finished, I immediatetly went back to working on the plus collection. I knew I would need some help to pull this collection off. I reached out into my community and I got in touch with Casey Sunich, a technical pattern maker who specializes in plus patterning as well as plus stylist to the stars, Kat Eves, who could help direct me to make sure my collection would meet the needs of the plus community.
Kat advised me that women get frustrated when plus collections only offer watered down versions of their straight collections and often use cheaper materials to reduce costs. Women want the exact same offerings, so we've kept all materials the exact same as the straight sizes! With Casey's help, we've adjusted the bust, hip and shoulder proportions as well as tested the patterns on a variety of body types to make sure our designs are going to give the best fit possible in sizes ranging from 16W-26!
The average American woman is now size 18 and its about time for a stylish fashion forward collection of nursing wear in sizes 16+. I'm so proud to be able to now say, if you are a breastfeeding woman, I have a garment for you, in size 0-26! Leche Libre is changing the look of modern motherhood forever and empowering women, whatever our shape or size to confidently breastfeed wherever we damn well please, in killer style!