[Swear deleted] - Fancy dress while hugely pg...

(62 Posts)
MrsBadger Thu 03-Dec-09 21:13:54

So work, in their infinite wisdom, are organising a murder mystery party for our Christmas do.

I was quite looking forward to this as I do enjoy the odd bit of dressing up, and flatter myself I am not in bad shape considering dc2 is due in six weeks (neat bump and unusually generous cleavage).

There were hints that it might be either 1920s gangster or 1950s Hollywood themed, so with this in mind I was watching some rather luscious maternity evening dresses on Ebay, eg this one, which would have been fabulous for a Monroe-a-like starlet, or this one with long pearls for a flapper.

Now, however numbers have dictated that the theme will either be Victorian or Horsey.

Obv a certain amount will depend on which character I draw to play (if it is Madame Jojo the exotic dancer I will get that white dress) but I just cannot visualise anything Victorian that is compatible with a bump, let alone what the committee members of a riding club whose president has just been murdered should wear.

Clever ideas and sympathy will be received with thanks...

(and obv I have nothing in my wardrobe that fits except 2xjeans, 1xcombats and 7x dull maternity tops)

SoupDragon Thu 03-Dec-09 21:15:46

Can you not go as Demi Moore from that infamous magazine cover? Not relevant to the theme but no costume required

AitchTwoToTangOh Thu 03-Dec-09 21:16:26

god i can't think. they didn't call it confinement for nothing.

morningpaper Thu 03-Dec-09 21:18:04

well I am trying to think of something helpful but really your OP makes me despair


Hmmm hunting. Could you perhaps be a ruddy great big fat round fox?

Ceolas Thu 03-Dec-09 21:18:05

Sorry, I have no ideas but just wanted to express shock that you are due in 6 weeks. 'Tis definitely true - other people's pregnancies go much quicker than your own!

Good luck with the costume

sassy Thu 03-Dec-09 21:18:35

get a white nightie, victorian stylee; and a shawl. Bobs yer uncle.

Posh women may have had to withdraw but the rest of them continued to be seen, work etc; and they wore long floaty frocks.

AitchTwoToTangOh Thu 03-Dec-09 21:18:46

plus i don't really get the horsey thing. once again, pregnant women not advised to ride. this is not a party with you in mind, can't they change it?

SoupDragon Thu 03-Dec-09 21:19:34

Actually, is the answer you were looking for "get the white dress and make it fit whatever character you are allocated" ?

morningpaper Thu 03-Dec-09 21:20:26

Could you be a horse?

sassy Thu 03-Dec-09 21:21:13

Oh and riding club, think the white-aired one from the 2 Fat Ladies. A pair of comfy trousers tucked into wellies, a man's jacket (Tweed would be ace) over a charity shop Blouse (nylon, with a tie neck ideally). Ooh and a tweed hat.

morningpaper Thu 03-Dec-09 21:21:20

this would hide the bump

basically this is going to be your Worst Ever Party

PerArduaAdSolInvictus Thu 03-Dec-09 21:21:29

Can you cross-dress for the night and go as a pot-bellied master of hounds? Nice red jacket, proper sideburns...

I suppose not. Feel for you.

morningpaper Thu 03-Dec-09 21:22:54
AitchTwoToTangOh Thu 03-Dec-09 21:23:03

ROFL mp.

so basically sassy wants you to go as whistler's mother. bring your own rocking chair.

nevergoogledragonbutter Thu 03-Dec-09 21:23:48

Why don't you just go as Queen Victoria? She was always bloody pregnant and miserable about it too. 9 children?

AitchTwoToTangOh Thu 03-Dec-09 21:24:45


morningpaper Thu 03-Dec-09 21:27:42

If it is 'horsey', you could go as a bale of hay

AitchTwoToTangOh Thu 03-Dec-09 21:32:27

www.bbc.co.uk/manchester/content/images/2008/07/16/mother_mary_joseph_203x152.jpg this kinda thing would cover up your condition and be quite scandalous at the reveal.

you should get them to change it.

sassy Thu 03-Dec-09 21:32:39

<Ignores aitch>

<flicks V signs>

I was just trying to be helpful.


AitchTwoToTangOh Thu 03-Dec-09 21:33:44

hey i've just lost the style high ground, i suggested a pregnant nun costume. grin

chegirlwithbellson Thu 03-Dec-09 21:34:14

Sorry for crashing but while we are on the subject - I am supposed to be a fairy at the work's christmas party on the 15th. I will be 23 + pg. I work at a Specialist Children's Centre.

Got wings and tiara and wand. Now getting a bit worried about the maternity fairy costume.

Any ideas?


nevergoogledragonbutter Thu 03-Dec-09 21:35:51

Queen Victoria would have made a great mumsnetter. Check these quotes out...

"The important thing is not what they think of me, but what I think of them."

"When I think of a merry, happy, free young girl -- and look at the ailing, aching state a young wife generally is doomed to -- which you can't deny is the penalty of marriage".

"An ugly baby is a very nasty object, and the prettiest is frightful when undressed".

"I don't dislike babies, though I think very young ones rather disgusting."

morningpaper Thu 03-Dec-09 21:37:07

chegirlwithbellson I think you will just have to go for some pointy ears and wings and hope for the best

AitchTwoToTangOh Thu 03-Dec-09 21:37:40


and WHY didn't i know you were pg, chegirl?! shock

sassy Thu 03-Dec-09 21:41:18

Lol at Queen Vic on mn

Bumsex? Good Lord! My ladies would never do anything so disgusting.

Breast v wetnurse

Pain relief in childbirth - never mind gas and air, just go for the chloroform

MrsBadger Thu 03-Dec-09 21:42:19

you are all splendid and have made me laugh grin

The theme is rather non-negotiable - it'll either be this Victorian one or this horsey one

I do have a manky old Barbour lurking in the garage which would at least smell authentically horsey...

And if we do the other one I will take NGDB's advice and bag Queen Victoria - crown, sash, talced hair and perma-pout will cover a multitude of sartorial inaccuracies...

MrsBadger Thu 03-Dec-09 21:45:51

chegirl - get that white dress I linked to grin

NB mp this is not my Worst Ever Party. Did you not see the pics I posted from the 'cartoon character' themed work Christmas bash a few years ago, with three bright young PhD students dressed as fairies beating the hell out of a gingerbread house with their wands?
I wasn't drinking at that one either...

morningpaper Thu 03-Dec-09 21:52:04

I seem to have missed those pictures

I'm sure I would remember them...

AlexandrinaVictoriaGuelph Thu 03-Dec-09 22:04:05

Queen Victoria beginning to get a bit of flaming heregrin

chegirlwithbellson Thu 03-Dec-09 22:08:59

How the hell do you wear a maternity bra with that dress MrsB shock?

Aitch sort of reveal by stealth. Havnt actually announced it. Mentioned it a few times as part of my general rants. Have you not been paying attention? grin

Thinking of length of knicker elastic and some pink georgette stuff.

How to cover the massive boobs though? Important not to alarm the kids.

MrsB how about going as a brood mare? grin

MrsBadger Thu 03-Dec-09 22:09:15

I'm sure you would, mp

there was also a leading scientist dressed as a Smurf, with all visible skin painted blue

we do not have a good track record, I confess

geordieminx Thu 03-Dec-09 22:13:39

Che - lots of the card shops (clintons et al), do elasticated tutu's... one of them pink t shirt, wings - sorted.

MrsB - no idea. Sorry. But please please please please post pictures after the event.grin

chegirlwithbellson Thu 03-Dec-09 22:15:22

I am off out tommorow to get all I need. Stop putting it off and take action!

Good luck with your quest Mrs B

MrsBadger Thu 03-Dec-09 22:16:59

chegirl, it has internal support, donchaknow (and I would expect so at £179 new) grin

really, get a maternity party dress, there are tons on ebay and you might even wear it again
this one is even pink...

MrsBadger Thu 03-Dec-09 22:20:40

no no no tutu

you will look like an egg with a frill round

get this for 13 - wear with leggings if indecently short

tethersend Thu 03-Dec-09 22:40:09

You are due in 6 weeks.

You should go as whatever you like.

I defy anyone to tell you you're not dressed properly.

When I was 34 weeks I went everywhere as an angry ball of hate. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

AitchTwoToTangOh Thu 03-Dec-09 22:42:28

hahahaha angry ball of hate.


chegirlwithbellson Thu 03-Dec-09 22:47:58

egg with a frill ROLF

morningpaper Thu 03-Dec-09 23:05:07

hah a@ angry ball of hate

chegirlwithbellson Thu 03-Dec-09 23:08:09

Thank you Aitch smile

Angry ball of hate grin

Not really the image society portrays of the serene pregnant woman!

PerArduaAdSolInvictus Fri 04-Dec-09 13:32:56

I've been quoted in the Roundup! <<Swoon>> Not as good as tethersend's obv, but it's my first grin

nevergoogledragonbutter Fri 04-Dec-09 19:34:26

making it onto the roundup makes up for the lack of takers on my queen victoria thread.
think i got a 'we are not amused' on that one. blush

AitchTwoToTangOh Fri 04-Dec-09 21:55:10

was that you? i wondered who it was... v funny.
i thought my round up quote didn't make sense. sad

nevergoogledragonbutter Sat 05-Dec-09 18:46:56

Well i thought it was funny too. I only used her quotes and thought it very funny she was being flamed for being old fashioned and not coming across too well. I even managed to find out that she said of breastfeeding as a 'horror'. She'd have made a great (love to hate type) mumsnetter.

Anyway, I managed to actually learn some history of an evening which makes a change.

bellathesouth Sun 06-Dec-09 20:23:26

I don't know if this idea might help but I am going to a Sound of Music fancy dress as 'the hills'. I got a tight grass green top for £2.50 from Primark and will stick cotton wool on my tits and belly for snow. Although the tweed plan sounds good - you can get great tweeds form charity shops. Good luck! Bella and the bump

MrsBadger Mon 07-Dec-09 09:21:56


just as I thought I'd cobbled together an adequately horsey outfit (humungous tweed skirt, riding boots, Barbour) the theme has been confirmed as farking Victorian.

It is New Year's Eve 1899
I am Florence Sweet first wife of the notorious rake and womaniser George, Earl of Coddingham and mother of his ballet-dancer son and heir (so I must be at least 40).

here are some late 1890s fashion pics

I'm screwed, aren't I? sad

I am sorely tempted by the nightdress idea, I must say

nevergoogledragonbutter Mon 07-Dec-09 21:33:34

i love fancy dress like this.

i'll see what i can find for you.

MrsBadger Tue 08-Dec-09 09:07:47

grin ok I have solved it - took a mere half hour last night while DH was watching The Thick Of It.

- brown empire-line evening dress of my mother's. Shape is not strictly historically accurate but it is long, swishy, goes over the bump and still zips up. Plus another skirt underneath to make it stick out more.

- fake fur of this ilk that has been in my wardrobe since the year dot and should really be in the dressing-up box

- long black gloves from army ball c.1995

- black stockings (best not to enquire re provenance but still better than maternity tights)

- prissy black heels with buckle, normally worn for choir concerts

- elaborate Princess Alexandra-style hairdo with diamond sparkly clips borrowed from dd

- and all the bling I can lay my hands on in this lunchtime's charity shop sweep grin

You have all been so good that I promise I will post photos...

AitchTwoToTangOh Tue 08-Dec-09 10:44:49

if the dress is v necked remember to stick some modesty lace under there. sounds great.

morningpaper Tue 08-Dec-09 10:46:09

Sounds great

Just make sure you don't go into labour on the night or the paramedics will be telling the tale for years to come...

AitchTwoToTangOh Tue 08-Dec-09 10:50:23

have you thought about a bustle? cushion pinned under the back of the skirt/s?

MrsBadger Tue 08-Dec-09 10:56:56

tut tut, Aitch, bustles were right out by 1899 and everyone was going for the pouter-pigeon s-shaped monoboob silhouette

and I am not going into labour on Saturday, no no no

no no no

AitchTwoToTangOh Tue 08-Dec-09 11:08:06

dunno mrsb, i'd have thought a woman of your age with a big poofy son and a shagger for a husband would have lost interest in fashion. grin

AitchTwoToTangOh Tue 08-Dec-09 11:11:04

lol that i even checked, natch

according to that site there were two bustle periods. they're taking it very seriously.

AitchTwoToTangOh Tue 08-Dec-09 11:12:22


that other plate was from 1899 btw.

MrsBadger Tue 08-Dec-09 11:31:01

[squints at URL] 1889

we are in the Belle Epoque...

I am still In My Prime, don;t you know, and may possibly on the hunt for another husband (there is a dashing Flashman-a-like cavalry officer on the guest list)

AitchTwoToTangOh Tue 08-Dec-09 13:30:44

oh yes, sorry, i was the one getting mixed up, i thought you were looking for 1889, must get new glasses.

1899, eh? quelle drag.

so are you playing this role as pregnant or fat?

MrsBadger Tue 08-Dec-09 14:29:24

will wait and see what my Character Envelope reveals on saturday night - I think Just Fat will be the way to go...

AitchTwoToTangOh Tue 08-Dec-09 14:35:31

oh god at 'character envelope'.

given that you are heavily pregnant, you could ask the organisers to fix it so you get a character you can do more easily? Else ignore altogether and go as the virgin Mary? Seasonal if nothing else!

MrsBadger Mon 14-Dec-09 12:25:19

well I did it

and actually it was not too bad

I played it fat
hung out with Queen Victoria
saw my ex-husband, the Earl, die dramatically by poisoning
discovered he'd got the maid up the duff
chased the dashing cavalry officer, only for him to propose to the newly-widowed Lady (previously Babylon Jojo, Dynamite On Legs)
saw my ballet-dancing son propose to aforementioned maid and promise to bring up his own half-brother as his son
laughed at my boss in a policeman's outfit complete with comedy squeaky truncheon

there was lots of food too smile

photos to follow if you are good...

Swiddle Mon 21-Dec-09 11:59:35

When I was pregnant, I went to a fancy dress party as a nun. It went down well with my crowd (but I guess it may offend some communities). It was easy to do, as I had black maternity top and skirt, and ordered 'instant nun' headgear from the internet - though you could probably make a DIY wimple! (never thought I would type the words DIY wimple...). I know this is neither Victorian or Horsey but may help other people reading this post in your predicament.
Anyway, I think you should plead for a special character, given your circumstances, and dress to suit. Good luck...

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