I've previously blogged about my alterations to my 18th Century wardrobe to make it more maternity-friendly, but as my planned Re-Make, Re-Use, Re-Fashion project did not come about in time, I'm entering my stomachers for this challenge instead. I made them to go with each of two 18th Century jackets I already owned - the 1785 Block-Printed Jacket and the Green Swallowtail Jacket.
In reality, I made one stomacher and covered it with new fabric to make a "second" one:
I simply made a sleeve of my green fabric and slid the block-printed stomacher inside, then slip-stitched the top closed. Two for the price of one! Now either jacket can be worn over my maternity stays. All I have to do is unpick the top edge of the green fabric and pull out the block-printed one inside!
The Challenge: Re-Make, Re-Use, Re-Fashion - fulfilled because I created a piece that allows me to continue to wear two jackets that no longer fit over my baby bump. I'm counting this as a "re-fashion" of the original garments. Also, piecing scraps together seems like it fits the spirit of the challenge.
Material: Scraps from two 18th Century jackets I had made previously, interfacing
Pattern: I used the stomacher pattern piece from the J.P. Ryan Pet-en-l'air pattern
Notions: Heavy-duty cable ties for boning
How historically accurate is it? The stomacher itself is historically accurate, though I'm unsure of whether or not it was ever used in this manner. I have no documentation for using a stomacher to increase the girth of a jacket for maternity wear, but it made sense to me.
Hours to complete: The first one took maybe 1.5 hours, but that's because I had to piece my scraps together to get a large enough piece for the front. The second one took maybe 20 minutes, tops.
First worn: February 11 for the Mitts, Muffs, & Hoods workshop
Total cost: Scraps from previous projects - free! Interfacing - I maybe used $.50 worth. Cable ties - a package of 50 costs around $15, and I used 3. So $.90, total of $1.40 approximately