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Oklahoma mother creates maternity and nursing line

For Sarah Shibley, of Sapulpa, it was necessity that inspired her to create Lady Lait maternity and nursing fashions. The line soon will change names to LA9 and will be sold in Edmond at Cinnamon Bears.
by Heather Warlick Published: July 11, 2013

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.

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by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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