Wow, what an old original post!
I haven't sewn with any EL patterns (yet) but I do hope to someday get 'round to buying and making her fleece jacket pattern with the panel that can be added for pregnancy/babywearing. That would be NICE to have where we live .... !!
Yes, some of the patterns look dated, but I think that fabric choice and some alterations could save some of them, and there were a couple which were more "modern" looking I thought. I do think it's awesome that a pattern company even exists for nursing wear.
That said - I am currently altering a jumper pattern to make it nursing-friendly, on my own. I got the idea from conursingwear.com (whose clothes I have liked). They put invisible zippers in princess seams for nursing accessibility .... so you can still bf in a dress without dropping it to one's ankles.
etc. Which caused me to realize - OH, yeah, it would be sooo easy to just make a simple unlined (dartless) jumper and put zippers on the sideseams --- unzip the side you'll be nursing from, lift the tshirt or turtleneck you're wearing underneath, and voila, easy access for nursing!
At least, that's how I expect it to work.
It's a long wool plaid jumper in Christmas colors which I plan to wear for Christmas Eve mass -- and I've enough fabric leftover that Ina will have her Christmas dress out of the same fabric (very different pattern though, not a jumper).
I mostly wear either nursing tops or regular tops, I don't dress up much so many of the EL patterns etc. aren't for me regardless .... But on the occasions when I *am* dressed up it's nice to have something nursing-accessible. I'm really excited about this jumper, I hope it turns out well and works well because I anticipate several more Christmases of nursing.