As soon as my husband and I found out we were having twins, we very quickly agreed that this would be it for us. I only ever wanted two children, and he would have been fine with just one; plus, this pregnancy has been harder than I imagined it would be.
What this decision meant for my sewing/costuming was that there really wasn’t any point to making historical maternity wear. I did not want to invest a lot of time, effort, and fabric into outfits that I’d realistically only wear once. So, the challenge became figuring out ways to temporarily modify outfits I already have; the only other option was to stay home.
I quickly discovered that separate skirt/bodice combinations worked best, with bodices that closed down the front. As long as I could get the skirt to fasten above my growing belly, I could then close the bodice just down to that point and let the rest remain open.
I’m not sure this outfit would have worked if it hadn’t already been a little too big for me pre-pregnancy. Between making this and getting pregnant, I lost about 20 pounds. I will say that by the time I got home, I was very ready to get it off–the pressure of the skirt bands around my ribs was not pleasant, and the weight of the skirts on my belly started to get uncomfortable.
By far, the most comfortable gown I’ve work during the pregnancy was my chemise a la reine. What a versatile gown! Almost every part of that outfit is on a drawstring. Of course, by the end of an evening wearing it, I was wishing that the red taffeta petticoat was also on a drawstring, but at least it was just one layer that was bothering my ribs that night.
I’ve gotten so big and uncomfortable now that I wouldn’t even dream about trying to make it to an event, but at least I was able to modify a few outfits so that I could participate during my second trimester.