maternity

Retro Maternity Style

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Reproduction 1950s maternity smock

When it comes to retro maternity style, I may not be an expert, but I think sheer experience has to count for something! I’ve lived through two decades of maternity wear, beginning with my first pregnancy in 1996, when I was just starting out as a seamstress-for-hire and making lots of Regency gowns. Read more…

Easy Alterations to the Regency Gown Pattern

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Modifying my Regency Gown Pattern is extremely simple. I’ve shown in my Diary of a Dress how to add a train, make an overskirt and add other fancy embellishments to a ballgown. The purpose of this section is to demonstrate how the bodice can easily be changed to button up the front rather than down the back (especially nice for nursing mothers!). I’ll also include instructions on how to modify the skirt front for expectant moms.  Read more…

Regency Maternity Dress

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  Lisa helped her sister create this drop-front version of the Regency Gown from my pattern and writes, I completely fell in love with your drop-front adaptation, and I have two dresses all most finished for myself. The fun one is one I helped my sister draft out, and she sewed it to wear to […] Read more…