This boy’s frock consists of a tunic and full trousers. Historically, frocks were worn by young boys AFTER the breeching age (or modern day potty training) and were often paired with full trousers or short knicker- style pants. This style of boy’s frock was seen as early as the 1820s as an alternative to the skeleton suit (c. 1790s-1810s). It provided a great deal of freedom of movement for young children.
This boy’s frock is made in the 1850s style. It is made of 100% homespun cotton with wooden button closures (at the back only for safety reasons).
This frock is completely hand drafted and to my knowledge there is no known commercialized pattern for this style of boy’s garment. It is based upon this extant tunic suit (image courtesy Augusta Auctions).
This style of boy’s clothing is a good interpretive choice for toddlers. Albeit, many toddlers have not yet achieved potty training, they do begin walking. And freedom of movement at this stage is extremely important. Gowns may not be the best choice for active toddlers and indeed may inhibit this very important developmental stage.
If you are interested in a garment similar to this one, please feel free to contact me for pricing. Available in sizes 2T-6 only.