Pinafores and Sailor Suits – The History of Children’s Fashion

In days gone by, there was no such thing as specific fashion for children. Little boys and girls, from the moment that they could walk, were dressed like their fathers and mothers.

Children’s clothing corresponded exactly to the world of adult fashion, right down to the minutest detail. Right up until the early eighteenth century, children were clothed according to their station in life, looking like miniatures of their parents.

Oil paintings from that era show wealthier families all dressed in their finest outfits. Sons wore fancy velvet suits with lace collars, and daughters wore elaborate dresses with layer upon layer of fancy silk. The richer you were, the more silk you wanted to show off. Folks from poorer situations, wore simpler clothes of rougher fabric, including wool, cotton and linen, or well worn hand me downs.

With the dawn of the industrial revolution, came the production of plenty of affordable cotton, and clothes began to become more roomy and comfortable. This was true for adults as well as children. At last people could move about more easily while going about their everyday tasks. Boys and girls could run and play with much more freedom. No longer were they weighed down by heavy rough fabrics. Society and fashion were becoming much more relaxed.

In the Regency, Victorian and Edwardian eras, long before the advent of washing machines, girls wore pinafores and smocks to protect their dresses from being soiled. An outfit for attending a party, a church service, or a wedding, demanded a highly decorated pinafore, complete with lace and embroidery. Everyday aprons were plain and devoid of decoration. Boys might be attired in a sailor suit with a big collar.

Even though clothing and fabrics were becoming less restrictive, young ladies and gentlemen still wore styles that evoked adult fashion. Girls wore dresses made out of white percale, dotted Swiss, muslin, and a yellow fabric called Nankeen that was imported from China. The empire line was in vogue, with high cut bodices, worn with a slip. Usually fashioned from muslin, this style was pulled together with a sash or ribbon, just under the bosom.

In the Romantic era, waistlines began moving down again. Dresses boasted fur trims, ruffles, and flounces. This new look was topped off by elaborately decorated hats and bonnets. Still, young ladies were dressed to look like mini adults, while their brothers might found wearing the infamous Little Lord Fauntleroy suit.

All women and girls wore long dresses, but in the early 1800’s, younger women began to shorten their skirts. If you were seventeen or eighteen, you were considered a young lady, and your skirts were ground length. A sixteen year old’s skirt would be ankle length, while a fourteen year old’s would graze the calf. A twelve year old enjoyed the freedom of a dress cut just below the knee. Boys would run around in short pants or knickers until they graduated into adulthood and the attendant long pants.

By the 1840’s, all women, no matter what their age, wore crinoline style shirts, pushed out to the limit with stiffly starched petticoats, reinforced with horsehair. Some time later, lighter hooped cage crinolines made out of wire, became the rage.

Since a sudden breeze could balloon a skirt and, horror or horrors, reveal a leg, pantaloons were invented. These roomy, long legged pants, made of while linen or cotton, did the trick. Very soon they became a fashion statement in themselves, embellished as they were with frilly white lace. This was the beginning of underwear that was made to be seen.

Gradually, the crinoline and petticoat began to migrate from the front, to the back, evolving into the adult bustle. Around this time, little girls fashion began to take on a style all its own. Young ladies favored long waisted dresses that hung out over a false pleated skirt.

By the early 1880’s, girls were wearing much slimmer styles, with dresses that bloused out over a deeply dropped sash that tied around the waist. This style was a precursor to the distinctive pouched blouse styles that came with the Edwardian era.

Little by little children’s clothing began to take on a life of its own. More and more folks began to travel, and this fact had a great influence on fashion. Tartan became extremely popular as a serviceable and good looking fabric, especially for kilts and school uniforms.

As more and more families migrated to the seashore for their annual summer holidays, nautical styles gained in popularity. Both girls and boys clothing sported large sailor collars with rows of braided trim. These styles continued on through the late Edwardian and Victorian eras. Quartermaster jackets with a dicky, created a false front that required no shirt underneath.

These early trends in children’s fashion have continuously gained momentum. Today, our children and grandchildren are able to dress to suit their every whim. From the moment they are born, parents and friends lavish them with the very latest designs. As they progress through the lower grades and on to high school, kids are bombarded with shows, movies and commercials, starring kids their own age, who they desperately want to emulate.

The way trends come and go these days, parents are left scrambling just to keep up. The latest outfits can be expensive, and if you have two or three kids, it can be a real kick in the wallet. One solution is to steer away from the malls and specialty stores and do your shopping online. There are many online wholesale clothing sites that specialize in wholesale children’s clothing and name brand designer clothing. You’ll be sure to find unique designer fashion that will please your child as well as your pocketbook.

A Lusty Library of Art – Female Form Photography – High Fashion Statements


I paint fashion

keep a lusty library for reference

Red on my pallet

intimate glamour photography

is pinned up on my walls.

Soft, fresh, lime green leaves

trees that speak of miracles

I am just as unique.

That’s what I say when I feel lonely.

Romantic ways to propose

new dances in the air

new paintings I gather material for.

I keep a lusty library

female form photography

high fashion

women of confidence

women of intrigue

a goddess post on canvas planned.

Modern talking studio

my goals meet the day

speak back to me.

I take photos

intimate glamour photography

I always have.

Tell the others of their salvation

I am still looking for mine.

I kept it in an envelope once

inside a book

it must still be here somewhere?

Just a story to hold on to

when the lights go dim.

I am not really who I seem to be

nor are you I would suspect.

All those romantic ways to propose

tainted with selfish outcomes.

You want to own

or possess?

I groom my fallen tales well

never far from reach.

I take photographs before their recovery.

Mark the date and time.

Pay attention

lest you dine on similar skulls.

they seem to sing in the night

no matter the music is performed too late.

I’ll blend the colors in later

modulate their meanings

Not to worry

you’ll scarcely recognize yourself.

I will forever gather my images

female form photography

wild women hopefully

uninhibited fashion

I will file them

refer to them

and paint lime green leaves

to cover their dreams.


Painting – Some Technical Aspects

Painters must be aware of all the intricacies of painting but for the novices, we bring a snapshot of certain technical aspects of painting which will help them out in developing this art.


This refers to the medium used in paintings. It is the color type which is applied on the canvas. The choice of media depends on the solubility, viscosity and miscibility of the fabric or base used. Some examples of painting media include oil paints, pastel paints, spray colors, water colors, enamel paint and wax paint.


Styles of painting vary from person to person. It depends upon the comfort and interest of the painter. It may also include the use of brushes and paints. In fact, every painter is famous for a particular style of art. Some common forms of painting styles are:

Western: folk, graffiti, body painting, abstract figurative, Oriental and primitive.

Eastern: ink and wash, Persian miniature, madhubani, samikshavad and mughal.

Modern forms

Paints are a thing of past. Now, almost each and everything is used in painting. Be it paper pieces, sand, dust, cement, wood or any other material, they are widely being used in giving texture and extra look to the paintings.

Digitization has also brought various software in the market like Adobe Photo shop, corel draw, image maker and many other which can insert any design, shade or style which you can ever imagine of.

Recent time applications

Gone are the days when painting was done on canvas through brush and paints, exhibited, sold and over. Now it finds its applications in a host of other fields also. The basics and studies of painting are being used in interior designing for decorating houses. Painting provides an insight onto various color combination s and contrasts which enables interior designers to make heaven out of homes.

Another application of painting is in fashion designing where designers create aesthetic and graceful dresses of beautiful color combination s. Here also, the fundamentals of painting come handy in deciding which color or shade suits best on a particular complexion and figure.

A final word

Painting is a universe in itself and you will get more engrossed in it if you will delve deep into it. There are treasures to be found in this area but it requires patience and long years of hard and sincere work. It can be opted both as a hobby and as a profession. The difference lies in the commitment and pursuit.