Remembering the Regency

This gown from Vintage Textiles is another classic example of the clothes worn by girls during the Regency era. It is surprisingly like those gowns I used as reference for L's "Jane Austen in Miniature" gown, the notable acceptation being the pointed details & the way the back ties but doesn't gather down to fit the growing child.

I'm especially curious about the buttons on either shoulder. What could they be for, are they pure decoration, a way of attaching something? Inquiring minds want to know!

Cotton roller print child's dress, c.1810-1820

The cotton dress is roller printed with alternating stripes of brown and blue leaf patterns. The sleeves
and hem are edged with Van Dyke points of plain ivory cotton. This is an enormous amount of work since everything
was sewn by hand.

The fullness of the Empire bodice can be adjusted with the cords inserted into casings. The dress has back
sash ties. Everything is completely hand stitched. This dress from a Vermont estate could be American or

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  1. Many of these prints look so modern! I'm always amazed at them.

  2. Maybe the buttons are for an apron? to help the shoulders stay up? (just a thought)

  3. Might the buttons be for "leading strings"?

    (I came across your blog from reading the Doctor's blog.)

  4. I second the suggestion that the buttons are for leading strings. Though I like the idea about an apron as well.

  5. this gown is so delicate and well preserved ! wonderful blog by the way!



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