Part of the “Living History Reference Books Series”. “This book is an attempt to describe what ordinary children were wearing in the period 1580-1660, a task made extremely difficult by the paucity of all types of evidence for children below the gentry class. Many of the sources that were the most useful for the other books in the series are of little help. Children’s clothes hardly ever figure in wills and inventories, few children are portrayed in woodcuts, and they occur only occasionally as incidental figures in paintings, descriptions of children are mostly absent from literary sources, and with the exception of a few shoes and knitted items, extant clothing is non-existent. Household accounts often have items purchased or made for young people working as servants in the household, but these young people are likely to be aged 12 or more and wearing clothes virtually identical to adults of the same class. …This book concentrates on the clothing of children from babyhood to about the ages of 12-14. With the exception of certain garments, children from the ages of about 5-7 began to wear smaller versions of adult clothes, but often simpler in style and of less expensive fabric. The book is divided into four main sections, the first looking at babies, the second boys aged 1-7, the third girls aged 1-7, and the fourth children aged 7 to about 12.”
Softcover: 24 pages.
Illustrations: Several pages of patterns/cutting diagrams on gridded paper and B/W line drawing reproductions of primary illustrations
Product Dimensions: 21.0 x 15.0 x 0.5 cm