I visited The John Paul Jones house in Portsmouth, New Hampshire a few days ago.
They were having a special Mother's Day lecture and exhibit and since I was the only one to show up I scored a private session with head curator and house manager Sandra Rux.
While I have always found antique clothing made especially for children to be irresistible, I attended this talk as part of my research for the novel I am currently working on. I need to be able to write intelligently about American clothing in the late eighteenth century. Not just what people wore, but how they made their garments, and I am starting from scratch as I have almost no skill at all as a seamstress. Here are a few pics of the gorgeous little garments I learned about, though the pics do not do them justice;
Both of these were little boy outfits.
The girl who had the pink boots had an entire pink outfit all made to match.
A little Portsmouth girl, probably age four, wore this silk dress, which is darned all the way around the waist.
I'm having so much fun writing this book!