Historical Children Fashion
Child's cotton gingham dress, American, late 1840s-early 1850s.
Dress | American | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Two toddler's calico dresses, 1830-1840.
Girl's white cotton dress, American, 1840-50. Self-fabric piping at neck, waist and sleeves. White embroidery at hem; hem and cuffs finished with irregular scalloping and crochet trim. This young girl's dress was used for parties and other special occasions, and was probably worn during the summer, possibly under other clothing. The styling mimics adult women's fashions of the time.
Girl's Dress, 1840-1850
Girl's dress c. 1869
Girl's Dress with Pelerine | LACMA Collections
Childs Petti-chemise ca 1838, American, cotton
Girl's roller-printed calico dress, American, ca. 1845. With its sleeve style, pointed bodice, small bustle and boning, this dress emulates, in simpler form and fabric, adult women's fashion of the time. It is a fine example of ca. 1840 roller-printed calico, with stripes and flower motifs in two-colors - inexpensive and simple. This is the only girl's dress in the collection in which the whalebone stiffening in the center front remains intact.
This is a very high-styled, hand-sewn infant's dress mimicking the fashionable 1840s V-shaped gather bodice configuration from center front shirring. It is finely finished in all aspects including the well-sewn integral lining, the self ruffles with binding at the edges, and the fine piping around the neck. The lightweight sheer wool of the dress is known as albatross, so named because it is soft as the underbelly of the albatross.