Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Vintage maternity wear

First of all thank you ladies for your wonderful comments on my latest posts, they are much appreciated, even though I didn´t manage to answer them! Still so much to organize and so little time left. But let´s talk about clothes! 

I have to confess: I love my maternity jeans. And I love stretchy shirts, because I didn´t have to buy ridiculously expensive maternity shirts. Seriously, the prices for some of the average looking maternity wear are shocking and the styles are usually horrible. Considering that I won´t wear these clothes for more than maybe 6 or 7 months depending on my recovery I wasn´t willing to waste money on it. Over the last months, when the belly became to large to fit any of my dresses, I´ve been living in the 2 pairs of maternity jeans I bought and all kinds of shirts, tops and cardigans that were already part of my wardrobe. And not to forget that fantastic H&M retro jacket I blogged about last winter that still fits (if I don´t close the second button...) and adds at least a little touch of vintage charme to my wardrobe.

But what did women do in the days of non-elastic fabrics? The answer is quite simple: Belts, push buttons, loose stitches, high waists, fabric inserts and/or lots of fabric, all depending on the decades fashion. Not to forget the huge belly holes in skirts and pants! And while I found a number of english examples labeled as "maternity", german patterns liked to talk about "adjustable" dresses or dresses "for young women"exclusively before the 1950s. Don´t you dare talking about pregnancy!

So, let´s take a look at 5 decades of maternity fashion, shall we?

1920s. source
1936. Source
1939. Source
1939. Source
Praktische Damen- und Kindermode 10/1942
Praktische Damen- und Kindermode 12/1941
Praktische Damen- und Kindermode 12/1941
Praktische Damen- und Kindermode, 1940s
1940s. Source
1940s. Source
1940s. Source
1940s. Source
Der neue Schnitt 4/1952
Der neue Schnitt 4/1952
1950s. Source
1950s. Source
1950s. Source
Neuer Schnitt 8/1959
1961. Source
1960s. Source
1960s. Source
1960s. Source
Pramo 12/1977
Pramo 12/1977

You might have noticed that while some of these outfits are quite cute or elegant, others will make you look like a walking tent, especially in your third trimester when that belly really starts to get huge. Defining a new waistline seems to have stopped in the 20s (when it dropped below the belly) and only came back in style somewhere in the 60s. Another thing you might have noticed: Before the late '50s none of the pictures show an actual pregnant looking woman (and we can still argue whether these other women really do look pregnant). I assume that it´s because of the not so appealing tent-ness of most dresses and the fact that the first rule of pregnancy-club was "Don´t talk about pregnancy-club!"All these '30s to '50s dresses might look nice when worn in an early stage of pregnancy, but I have some serious doubts about their look when you start to smuggle medicineballs. Pictures of pregnant women of that time are rare and many of them left me with mixed feelings. Maybe, if my sewing machine decides to cooperate within the next 4 weeks (Woah, only 4 weeks left!), I will be able to give a review and pictures of a 1940s pattern all sewn up and worn. We´ll see.

What do you think? Does vintage maternity wear deserve a "Yeah!" or rather an "Ewww!"?

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Getrödelt, Gefunden, Gefreut: January 2014

Welcome to the first GGG of the year. It´s the nursery edition. Because it´s pretty much everything I have thrifted lately. So, here we go.

The one on the left. The other one is made by me.
Happy little fish, all at peace with being eaten by an otter.
Actually it wasn´t me who found this, but the Mr. We were at an indoor flea market and I was completely focused on the cheap jackets the seller had as I needed something to cover my belly. But he saw it and knew I´d love it. Because mid century style illustrated otter. And it was only 2€. It just had to come home with us.

And here´s the second find that already moved in with us in September:



It was love at first sight and we got it for 4€ after lots of talking and lash-winking and damn-I-want-this-so-badly.

So, yeah, that´s what I´ve got to share this time. Check out all the other GGGs here.

Prosit Neujahr and a little surprise!

Greetings straight from 1910 to you!

Aaaaand it´s 2014. First of all, I wish you all a happy new year filled with laughter, love and health!
Looking back at the old year I have to say that it was a rather great one for the Mr. and me. We both finally have real, well-payed jobs, the Mr. got his drivers license, we got a car, I made some nice little trips and we moved into an amazing apartment. We also had a christmas tree for the very first time! And another wonderful thing happened in 2013 that leads me to

2014

It´s a girl!

While I´m writing this I´m 31 weeks pregnant. Yes, 31 weeks, I sure can keep a secret if I want to ;). This is also my excuse for the lack of posts and commenting over the last 6 months. From week 5 to week 13 I woke up with morning sickness, spent the days with morning sickness and went to bed with morning sickness. Sofa and bed were my best buddies. Trying to manage our move was hell. But as soon as the sickness disappeared I felt pretty much brilliant, little issues like permanent sciatica aside. But instead of blogging I spent my days researching cloth diaper systems, DIYs for the nursery, watching pregnancy-by-week-videos on youtube, sleeping and trying to get things organized before the big arrival of Fräulein M. I´m still far from done with the last but thanks to hormones I´m insanely relaxed about it. I know I´d be panicing like a headless chicken without them.
Needless to say that I put all my pre-pregnancy sewing projects aside, but hopefully I will find some time (you know, between feeding, napping, changing diapers, feeding etc.) for sewing later in 2014.
In September I, highly motivated as I was, even cut out all the pieces for a 1940s maternity dress for a friends wedding in October but then I ran out of time and went with the last fitting dress in my wardrobe. 'You still have Christmas!', I thought. Well, turns out my sewing machine is on strike. I just hope it´s nothing serious, I like that old lady and the thought of replacing her doesn´t appeal to me. But I did do some knitting over the last weeks and have plans for more. Looking at all my vintage magazines I have to wonder, though, what babies of the pre-60s wore during their first 3 months because most patterns are for 3 months old or even older. Were they naked? Wrapped in a blanket? Where are all the patterns for newborns?


I have plans to do some posts about vintage maternity and baby wear this year but will try to keep the blog mostly babyfree. I can´t promise anything, though ;) Don´t say I didn´t warn you!

Whatever you have planned, I hope 2014 will be a fantastic year for each and everyone of you!