In other exciting news, Brian and I are going to have a baby! I'm due June 2, and I'm very excited! And in the meantime I plan to have lots of fun delving into historical maternity wear. Luckily the Regency already serves me well for this purpose.
I have already finished my first new Regency dress of the new year, which I will blog about next. And I have many more planned! My current plans are based solely on fabric I already have, and most are also taking my pregnancy into account. In no particular order:
1. A sheer blue drawstring dress.
I have a feeling that drawstring dresses are going to be my go-to Regency wear in the coming months. I already made two, and the above portrait is my inspiration for a third. I have the perfect fabric for this:
It's a semi-sheer polished cotton voile with a wonderful sheen in a lovely pale shade of sky blue.
2. A black & ivory apron-front dress. Next to the drawstring style, apron-front or drop-front dresses will be the best option for an expanding baby bump, and eventually for nursing.
My fabric for this one is a printed cotton I bought from a fellow costumer on Facebook.
3. A cream wool apron-front dress. Something like this, but with long sleeves:
|And without the embroidery.|
I also need some new undergarments, as the long stays I finished this fall will no longer work until after I have the baby.
I have made a white bodiced petticoat already this year, and have planned:
4. Short stays
I'll use the same Laughing Moon pattern as my first set of stays, as I found it to be incredibly well-designed.
5. A pink bodiced petticoat. This will join my yellow and white ones, and will be fun to wear under my new sheer white dress.
Then to coordinate with it, I plan to make:
6. A pink silk spencer
I have two yards of a lovely carnation pink silk/cotton blend which I think will make a fancy, yet comfortable spencer for Spring. And if I have enough fabric left over:
7. A pink silk bonnet
I bought the Regency Soft Crown Bonnet pattern from Lynn McMasters, which I intend to use for this project.
I have many more garments planned, and not just from the Regency period, but I think I'll save them for another post. I need to get pictures up of my latest dress first!