Children’s clothes were never as charming as they were in times gone by. In part, it’s due to their simplicity that their charming distinction lies.
When vintage children’s clothes are said to be “quaint” it can’t mean that they were reminiscent of old time fashions for children because there were no fashions for children in olden days.
Children, even infants, were dressed like their mothers. In fact, the dresses of grownups were carried out in children’s clothing to the smallest detail.
Frequently, babies wore velvet dresses with white bib aprons and tiny white caps without strings-just like their mothers.
It wasn’t until the English began designing and making distinctive fashions for children that mothers began taking more of an interest in decorating children in fashionable designs especially for them.
What mother didn’t take pride in making at least one outfit for her child over those purchased at a mercantile, boutique or department store?
The same is true today.
There’s great pleasure in creating simple, lovely little clothes for a baby: a christening, a wedding or for summer play, which are easy to make and later kept as family heirlooms.
Keeping in line with simplicity, vintage children’s clothing didn’t contain too many buttons, fasteners or strings and weren’t made unnecessarily in heavy fabrics.
A little play apron, for example, might have been made with a yoke and belt that’s made to fasten together with one big painted china button.
Simple embroideries, transfer designs and brilliant colors served as simple decoration.
There’s nothing special about mass marketed children’s clothing. But there’s something refreshingly special about hand-crafted, well-made children’s clothing made by mother’s hands.