Necessity was truly the mother of invention for Sarah Shibley, of Sapulpa. When she had just given birth to her second child, Shibley realized she needed some postpartum wear that was comfortable, functional and even luxurious — but definitely not schlumpy.
“I didn't want to have on my pajamas all day. I needed something presentable,” Shibley said. That's because she and her family were receiving lots of guests bearing gifts for the new baby.
Not finding what she was looking for — something she could wear in public that would be figure flattering and allow for easy breast-feeding — she turned to her mother, a seamstress. Thus, the Eve tunic was born.
“I'd wear it and people would come over and say ‘That's so cute, where'd you get that?'” Shibley said.\
She'd laugh and tell them her mother made it for her. When her friends started placing orders, it was clear Shibley's mom wouldn't be transforming her home into a clothing factory, so Shibley found a Made in the USA factory to produce her line.
The line, named Lady Lait (Lait is French for milk), turned into five staple pieces — the Belle camisole, Claire tunic, Eve tunic, Lou pant and the Vivian wrap. The pieces can be mixed and matched in countless ways, are available in various colors and are made from high-quality knit that wicks moisture away from the skin.
The line soon will change names to LA9 (many folks had trouble pronouncing Lait) and will be carried at Cinnamon Bears in Edmond. It also can be found at Belly Dance Maternity in New York and Chicago and online at Figure8.com. You also can buy the pieces at ladylait.com.
Tip from Sarah: Rub aloe vera gel over your growing baby bump every day of pregnancy to help avoid stretch marks. She swears that even though her first child was born at 10.5 pounds, she didn't get one stretch mark due to the natural gel.