Ive been told that women in the middle Victorian-era would coop themselves up at home when they where VERY pregnant, but historymyths.wordpress.com says otherwise. I have also seen CDVs (victorian photographs) of women, fully dressed, hoop and all, with a bump!
Whether women did or not, their belly's grew! I plan to make a nursing corset before I get too big, but I will not really know how BIG Ill get. Its a tough situation to be in because I have the need to cut into my post-birth dress wool!
I have Past Patterns #705 which has 1820 and 1860 soft stays as well as 1860-90's nursing corset. This pattern has the option of flaps for nursing such as this original:
|Sarah made hers as soft stays|
Maternity wrappers are a great alternative to fitted dresses.
Wrappers, in general, were loose fitting dresses, and were used such as a robe today. Some had draw strings placed in them to be fitted with a corset. They are great for going to the restroom at night, cooking/ eating breakfast in the morning, getting ready for the ball, or when youre sick with heat stroke or need a good cool down.
Those who wore a wrapper had the choice to wear as much or as little underpinnings as they wanted! Some could fit over a hoop and some were open all the way down to "show off" the eyelet laced petticoat.
Here are some original maternity wrappers from Google, Pinterest and such:
|I believe this is the back of a wrapper. Notice the seam line in the center.|
I was given a lovely silk dress a few years back. I didnt know what to do with it. It was a good size, yet it was a little too short. I wouldnt give it away because it was silk! My first silk dress! I was happy to find a purpose for it.
I sewn the front opening together, made hand sewn eyes, and moved the hooks accordingly.
I then added a drawstring, like the originals above, to the waistline. I used scrap fabric, 1 1/2" wide X 12" long. Then I added 1/2" cotton tape to the end of the casing. The most difficult part was figuring out how to turn the casing inside out with the tape in the casing. -.-
I placed the end of the casing at the side seams, which makes the gathers look great. I have to adjust the gathers, but the function looks great!
|I see a belly, but the babe is not that big. I just put on some weight! :)|
Updated sewing list
- Fix Dinner dress belt
- Stephanie's travel bag
- Sophia's Travel bag
- Finish Susie's bonnet
- Margaret's wool dress
- My travel bag
- Michelle's corset
- Finish my bonnet
- Baby clothes