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

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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)

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...

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...

lilolilmanchester Mon 14-Dec-09 11:49:19

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!

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

oh god at 'character envelope'.

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 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 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 11:12:22

that other plate was from 1899 btw.

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 11:08:06

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

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 10:50:23

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

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 10:44:49

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

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...

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

i love fancy dress like this.

i'll see what i can find for you.

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

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

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.

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 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

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

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!

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

hah a@ angry ball of hate

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

egg with a frill ROLF

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