I have a mystery for someone to solve. This morning I luckily picked up 4 vintage dresses at my favorite barn sale. They appear to be 30’s-ish or very early 40s. I got home and washed them with the 2 slips, milk glass earrings, a rayon top, a silky Lewis Frimel long pajama top and 2 yards of yellow twill bottom weigh fabric, (all for $8… I know, hate me now. Its the best secret spot ever). I started ironing them and noticed that the dresses were nursing dresses. Not the hot little ” oh doctor, I feel ill” but the “AAAAAAHhhhhhhh” scream of a hungry baby nursing. The two slips I had were maternity (totally wearing them too, they wrap in the back and button but other than that look normal) so I guess it makes sense. I had no idea these types of dresses were around. I have never seen patterns for nursing dress, just the expandable maternity ones. Soooo, long story short they look awesome and no one can tell that they have snaps in odd places for easy feeding. The great mystery is this: they are labeled as ‘Lane Bryant’ dresses with a second tag labeled ‘Lanbry’ or ‘Lambru’. These dresses fit me perfectly which is surprising bc I’m a size 2. I know Lane Bryant has been around a very long time, however I always assumed they have always sold full figure clothing like they do now. And so begins the mystery of the nursing dress. I know someone out there in vintageland knows the score. Thanks!! ***check my blog tomorrow for pics if you’re interested.***
On a totally unrelated note, why are modern maternity clothes so flippin’ ugly! These dresses are amazing and feminine and tailored. The slips are fab, why in the world do we as women relent and wear such unflattering and boxy cut maternity/nursing clothes when they can so easily be better? It’s almost insulting that the fashion industry thinks so little of expectant and nursing mothers as to dress us in yucky rags. It’s nearly impossible to find decent maternity clothing that is reasonably priced.