Robe à la francaise, England (Spitalfield's) remodeled Ivory ground silk taffeta woven with a narrow self weave stripe, with gently curving flower and leaf meanders, trimmed with tufted silks and corded wire loops.
Woman's Dress (Open Robe) Light blue taffeta with ivory weft floats, ivory silk satin, ivory silk plain weave ribbon. Woven in Spitalfields, London, England. Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object
Despite their apparently rigid construction, century bodices were actually fairly malleable when it came to accommodating pregnancy. The use of stomachers left the front of the bodice open allowing pregnant women to either use larger stomachers.