Readers, I'm undecided. Is the maternity scoop-front skirt a bizarre garment or merely an unusual one? I think it's fair to say that this style is gone, kaput, finis. Blame it on stretch fabrics, more casual fashion, or simply a dislike of drafts, the scoop-front skirt has gone the way of the dodo bird, rubber girdles, and high button shoes.
Thankfully, maternity scoop-front skirt patterns abound, so those wishing to recreate one can. And readers, I have! Please keep an open mind and recognize that I consider this project more cultural anthropology than maternity fetish.
This skirt, part of Advance 8152 from 1956, is on the big side, but I'm confident Cathy will grow into it based on the speed with which she's currently inflating. By June it may be too small. (As you can see, I opted for slimming black.)
It's worth noting that this is one of the few women's garments a man can wear and still pee standing up.
The scoop-front maternity skirt was everywhere in the Forties and Fifties in a few basic variations.
In the early Sixties it begins to disappear as stretch panels replace them. Frankly, I think the scoop-front skirt is more adjustable, wouldn't you say?
There were other varieties of expandable maternity skirts but these were less common due, no doubt, to their more complicated construction.
Readers, have any of you ever worn, let alone sewn, a scoop-front maternity skirt? How about your mother, or her mother? I've never seen a commercial version, but then I've never looked. Can you find these things in antique clothing stores?
In closing, if you were pregnant, would you consider whipping up one of these? It's not at all difficult and, wearing one, you never have to worry about overeating. I'm wondering why scoop-front men's pants have never caught on. WAIT -- STOP RIGHT THERE. IT WAS MY IDEA!!
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