Emmitt will soon be ready for our big adventurous summer of the 1860s. Our first big event is Memorial Day weekend. The girls have had dresses for some time now, but Emmitt did not and that was making me nervous. So a few nights ago I made Emmitt his first Civil War era clothing. Children in 19th century, no matter their gender, wore dresses until they were toilet trained. But since there were not toilets in 1862, I suppose you could just say out of diapers. So, my little guy gets to wear a dress all summer, along with petticoats and pinafores! Just like his sisters. Some MEN may have a hard time with that, but my dad is only in his 50s and he wore a dress when he was an infant. Just one generation before that, they all wore gowns until they were out of diapers. Most boys were not 'breeched' until 4 or 5 years old. It was just easier that way.
This is the little piece of heaven I bought in Montana last week at the amazing antique store I found. Chemises of the 1860s should technically have small sleeves, but it was so darling and only $4, how could I resist?!
Here is the gown. I made it with reproduction fabric and I found the most masculine colors I could so Matt wouldn't think I have gender issues with little boys and pink! See how happy he is? He just loves Civil War times! Actually, he had a real problem for a few minutes when I first put it on him. He did not like that billowing fullness about his legs AT ALL! But, he got used to it. I hope I can get him used to this darling bonnet! My friend Amanda bought it on Ebay for her daughter and it was much smaller than she expected!
Here is the sad bonnet picture - he is so darling. Now I need to make the lad some petticoats and a pinafore or two. That will be tonight hopefully. It is a good thing we are experiencing crazy cold weather or I would be outside spraying weeds and playing in the dirt instead of getting us ready for Camp Floyd Civil War Days Celebration!