Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A well dressed child of the 1830s

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Loretta reports:

Several times in Silk is for Seduction, I give attention to the dress of the heroine’s daughter.  The descriptions may seem exaggerated.  Or maybe readers think that, because she's a dressmaker, my heroine couldn’t help treating her child like a mannequin.  But in fact, children’s dress in the ladies’ magazines is often a scaled-down version of adult wear.
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FASHIONS FOR MARCH, 1830.
EXPLANATION OF THE PRINTS OF THE FASHIONS.
CHILD'S WALKING DRESS.
A Pelisse of Indian-red gros de Tours. The corsage is disposed in folds, the sleeve full at the upper part of the arm, and nearly tight at the lower; it is terminated with an ermine cuff. The skirt is bordered with a broad band of ermine; a second band, something narrower, is placed at some distance above it. A black velvet bonnet, worn over a white lace cornette; the form of the bonnet is somewhat between the French capote and the English cottage bonnet. It is trimmed with an intermixture of black velvet and geranium-coloured satin nœuds; the strings, and a single nœud, which ornaments the inside of the brim, are of the latter material. Morocco leather half boots; slate-coloured gloves; boa tippet of ermine.

La Belle Assemblée, March 1830

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