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Finally tackling my first gown!
November 14, 2012
9:19 pm
lrstanfill

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Hello!
I am an intermediate sewer. I’ve been sewing for three years. I have several contemporary garments completed, but never any historical garments. I’m plus sized and full busted so I always have a lot of fitting work.
So I’m getting ready to get started. The Louisville Jane Austen festival is in July so I have a good 7 months. I’ll be sewing the Mantua Maker long stays, the round gown from the Elegant Lady’s Closet, and the Chemise from the underthings pattern.
I’m so glad to have a place to ask questions!!!!

November 14, 2012
9:33 pm
acacia
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Be sure to read the “Regency Underpinnings” thread. The Mantua Maker pattern is designed for a long torso. Also run a search in the old bulletin board. Use search words “stays” and “corset”.

How wonderful that you’re making pretty Regency era things for the Louisville event. You’re totally on the right track with undergarments first (chemise, stays and petticoat) and then a pretty new gown. We can help if you post questions and photos.

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November 15, 2012
9:26 am
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Thanks @acacia!
I have already been reading the instructions for all the pieces pretty carefully. The mantua maker stays actually seem pretty straightforward in construction. Mostly I am worried about getting the right fit. I am naturally about a DDD, so I’ll need lots of support!
Was there a “plus size” board in the archives? I looked but wasn’t able to find one. I wasn’t sure if I was looking correctly.

November 15, 2012
10:12 am
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Welcome!  This is a great place for support! 

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November 16, 2012
2:48 pm
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Has anyone gone to a historical regency even while pregnant? I know that many of the gowns will work with an expanding belly, but what do you do about corsets?

November 16, 2012
9:27 pm
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The Regency era offered any number of short stays options. Long corsets were only one option. The concept that a woman “expecting” should stay home was not the norm. Fashions easily accommodated pregnancy and it certainly wasn’t a social issue at the time if a lady wanted to participate in activities.

If you are expecting (first congratulations and second) just choose short stays.

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November 21, 2012
6:22 am
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Welcome and happy sewing.

November 21, 2012
4:29 pm
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I have seen a couple of pictures of regency dresses (in a book I have, so no links) that were gathered in the front. Not gathered all round like in the pre- or early regency, the style is otherwise later. They just have extra fulness in the front skirt, and are thought to have been ment for pregnancy. I guess skirts with smooth fronts might look funny over a big bump, even if the waist is high enough…

 

I too am pretty well endowed, and think I’d prefer long stays to short, as the full weight won’t be on your shoulders. I saw some early 19th century stays (some admittedly a little later than regency) with lacing over one or both breasts at the Met, that would be good for nursing, or an unexpected expansion of the breasts during pregnancy:

http://www.metmuseum.org/Colle…..038;pos=84

http://www.metmuseum.org/Colle…..038;pos=51

 

A couple with front lacing:

http://www.metmuseum.org/Colle…..38;pos=165

http://www.metmuseum.org/Colle…..38;pos=171

 

I’ve heard about stays with lacing on both sides of the stomach (done in about the same way as the ones over the breasts), to expand them over a growing belly, but I don’t know where to find a period example…

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November 21, 2012
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Sarah, sadly, frown  the links don’t work.  You either have to take them to Tiny URL or you need to follow Jennie’s instructions to post them so they actually work.

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November 21, 2012
7:18 pm
SarahW
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Oh, bother…. I’ll try again:

Stays with bust lacing 1

Stays with bust lacing 2

Stays with front lacing 1

Stays with front lacing 2

 

Hopefully it’ll work now, sorry for the inconvenience.

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November 22, 2012
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Being woken by baby in the middle of the night, I remembered these odd frontlacing stays, which I think would work pretty well for pregnancy.

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