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Three more children's dresses

of the 1860s
 
 

Period: 1850 - 1865

The dolls museum Fischach ordered three more children's dresses. The results can be seen here:

Again these three children's dresses were precisely coordinated with the previously designed clothing of the group.
Cotton muslin – in this case with little dots woven into it – was a very popular material during the 19th century and was already used in Empire fashion. We colored this fabric in a delicate pastel green to guarantee the group's integrity in terms of color, i.e. we color-coordinated it with the pastel green of the checkered patterned dress and with the light green of the ladies' dress. At that time it was very common in ladies' fashion to apply three tiers of flounces to the overall wide skirt. Its width was due to additionally stiffened under skirts. The tight-fitting, roundly cut sleeves are worn with short, ruffled upper sleeves. The collar made of antique lace is adorned with an original gold leaf brooch from the 1840s.



This dress was crafted from sheer cotton voile – a very rare vintage fabric – embroidered with light blue flower arrangements and flower appliqués of the same color. It is based upon an original cut from the year 1869 and its color was consciously selected to go nicely with the blue-white striped children's dress and the blue-white sailor suit of the ensemble. The embroidery was carefully applied to hem and front part to also show off the sophisticated cut. We wanted this extraordinary fabric to come into its own and therefore refrained from using other materials. Only the lace of one under skirts is visible at the hem.


The material of the third dress – checkered hand-woven blue silk – is of rather dark colorfulness and thus goes complements the boy's blue sailor suit. Furthermore the checkered pattern on blue ground contains the same colors that were used for the flower pattern of the green silk dress for women: dark green, red and cream. In weakened form these colors are also found in the cream-colored children's dress. The coordinated colorfulness is very important for the overall integrity of the entire ensemble. The different materials and patterns ensure that this integrity is perceived subconsciously and not as an 'intentional' setup. This impression is reinforced through the exclusive usage of authentic fabrics from the 1860s.
This children's dress was the only creation of this ensemble designed as two-piece clothing.

Its vibrancy is achieved through frequent changes between different cutting angles, a technique that is particularly used with checkered patterns. The double-breasted jacket was furnished with a ruffed peplum and ruffed shoulder pads, both cut at slant angles. The severity of the hand-covered dark blue buttons and the standing collar, both made of velvet, contrast the playfulness of the flounces. Another slanted flounce was applied to the wide skirt. Sheer antique tulle lace at both collar and ruffs eases the overall dark colorfulness.

This dress is also adorned with an original gold leaf brooch from the 19th century.
Just like the rest of the ensemble these three dresses include lace trimmed cotton underpants, which are however not visible in the pictures.

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