Monday, July 4, 2011

Edwardian Era Children's Clothing - June 1903 The Delineator

Edwardian Era Children's Clothing - June 1903 The Delineator

Figure 212H - Girls' Dress
While the fashions for children do not introduce any radical changes, yet there are dainty accessories and pleasing touches which give them an up-to-date air. The distinctive feature of this little frock is the pointed handkerchief bertha. The dress is made of pale-green lawn, and the yoke of white tucking has a band collar of applique lace. A back closing is effected, and the body is pouched in front. Medallions elaborate the points of the bertha, which is also trimmed with applique and lace edging. The bands into which the short puff sleeves are gathered are adorned with the applique. Bishop sleeves are included in the pattern. Two tucks and a deep hem finish the full skirt, which is gathered and attached to the body. A sash of white ribbon is knotted at the back, affording a pretty finish.

Sprigged organdy or dimity will make up daintily with Valenciennes or Cluny lace, with round neck, the yoke being omitted; or white linen would be modish with an embroidered bertha. The mode will be found desirable for natte, toile du Nord, linen etamine, mercerized chambray, canvas, lawn and pongee.

Figure 213H - Misses' Costume
Blue-dotted white dimity was selected for this pretty dress. Two of the three gathered ruffles allowed by the pattern are used on the skirt, rows of narrow blue ribbon decorating each, and acting as a heading for the upper one. The skirt is of the five-gored flare order, with gathers at the back, although an inverted box-plait may be employed.

The waist or bodice is gathered to a square yoke of white tucking, upon which are placed medallions of antique lace. Ribbon-run beading outlines the square neck, and rows of ribbon arranged in groups encircle the bodice, which closes at the back. The elbow sleeves are of bishop shaping completed by frills, but may be extended to full length. A blue ribbon tied in a bow with long ends at the back is a pleasing adjunct.

A costume of white organdy may be elaborately trimmed with Valenciennes lace, and Pekin striped silk will be sufficiently dressy without any elaboration excepting a high-necked yoke of all-over lace and a black velvet ribbon at the waist. This design may be copied in natte, linen, gingham, mull, Swiss, point d'esprit, mousseline, etc.

Figure 214H - Little Girls' Dress
This figure shows a dainty little frock of pink lawn, prettily trimmed with point d'esprit lace insertion and edging. Its distinguishing feature is a bertha composed of tabs bordered with lace. Pink feather-stitching ornaments the yoke of white tucking, and the collar corresponds. The fulness of the long body is regulated by gathers at the yoke and under the belt of insertion, and the back closing is made invisibly. Lace insertion covers the wristbands of the bishop sleeves. A deep hem finishes the edge of the full skirt, which is ornamented with three tucks and attached to the body.

With the short puff sleeves included in the pattern and with the yoke in Dutch round outline or entirely omitted for low round neck, the design might be copied in fine white organdy, with Cluny lace medallions set on the bertha and lace edging for further elaboration.

Figure 215H - Girls' Dress
This simple mode is here developed in white pique prettily trimmed with bands of embroidery. A lining supports the tucked backs and blouse front, which is also tucked at the top. The dress buttons at the back, and a band of embroidery at the left side of the front simulates a Russion closing. The standing collar and wristbands as well as the belt are of the embroidery. Three-piece shaping marks the attached skirt, which has inverted plaited fulness at the back, and the trimming is applied in apparent continuation of that on the body. Gathers may be sued at the back of the skirt if preferred.

White wool crepe de Chine will make up charmingly with white peau de cygne trimming bands, and with gathers at the front of the body instead of the tucks. Serge, Lansdowne, cashmere, veiling, silks or wash goods may be employed.

Figure 216H - Little Girls' French Sailor Dress
This jaunty little sailor dress is depicted in blue French flannel with reliefs of white flannel and blue stitching. A deep hem finishes the full gathered skirt, which is attached to the under-body.

The blouse is long and designed to be slipped on over the head. It is without fulness except at the lower edge, where it is drawn in by a shirr-string in a casing, buttons on the body holding it in place. The bishop sleeves are supplied with white wristbands, and a sailor collar affords an appropriate finish for the open neck, disclosing a shield-facing on the under-body. The neck is completed with a narrow band ornamented with stitching.

A practical little wash dress might be developed in striped gingham with the collar and shield facing of plain material. White Sicilian and red corded silk will combine effectively, and other attractive results may be obtained from linen, pique, serge or Galatea.

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