But right now, I'm going to talk about bumrolls!
Bumrolls are a silly under garment. Really, they aren't even a garment. More of an accessory. In any case, they were meant to give a woman rounder looking hips and a wider looking backside. When bumrolls were in fashion, so was fertility and the ability to bear healthy, bouncing baby boys for your husband so his name and bloodline could be carried on. It was assumed that a woman with wider hips and a bigger rear would be more fertile and therefore more likely to have healthy (read: surviving) babies.
|I remain unashamed of my pattern usage, though a bumroll is really just a C-shaped pillow with ribbon-ties.|
|The lovely Genevieve pre-bumroll.|
|Bumroll tied in front.|
|Bumroll, Side View|
|Bumroll, Back View|
|Bumroll, Detail View|