Childrens Clothing Learning Journey
Imagine being wrapped up so that all you can move are your eyes. Imagine boys dressed as girls. Imagine lying face down on the floor with your mother's foot in the middle of your back so that she can lace you tightly into your clothes... Click on steps 1 - 6 to find out more.....
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Childrens clothing learning journey Step 5: Underneath
As the 19th century went on children, especially girls, wore more undergarments. By the 1850s girls wore corsets, pantalettes (mid calf length and trimmed with lace) and layers of calico petticoats. In 1890 girls were wearing cotton drawers with a shallow bodice, a cotton or flannel chemise (loose shift like a shirt), a corset, calico petticoats and woollen stockings; while boys wore a woollen vest and long johns (underpants which reached from waist to ankle) or combinations (vest and long johns in one garment usually made from stockinette) and woollen stockings. It wasn't until the latter half of the 20th century that children began to wear short light colourful underwear.
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