Bringing up the Rear...In Small Clothes
By Karen L. Hayden
Greetings to the column! This article is focusing on the smallest clothes in the hobby: children's garments.
I recently have received several compliments on the authenticity of my children's re-enactment clothing. It seems that in the "hobby." kids are the last ones to be dressed correctly. (OK, so there are a few holdouts from the grand and glorious Bicentennial Days.) The reasons are usually that, 1. "they grow too fast anyway" and 2. "there are no good sources for children's clothes."
In defense of the majority of sutlers, let's face it. Reason number one prevents most parents from spending very much on kids clothes and so, it may no seem like a lucrative business. And on the other end, moms and dads who work full time are not looking forward to endless hours of sewing. (By the way, keeping house and raising children IS full time work.)
Here are a few suggestions for getting more mileage out of those clothes.
So far, I have gotten two seasons out of dresses I made for Sarah (age 6) and will hopefully get two seasons out of frock coats for her brother, Ian (age 2). Capotes are also useful over several seasons. Hope to see you at Cherry Valley!