Infant boy’s gown

We recently completed a mid 19th century gown for an infant boy. People often mistakingly say, “boys wore dresses” during this period. That is incorrect. Both boys and girls did wear gowns during infancy (and there was no gender discrimination in colors); however by the time they reached the later toddler years, boys were dressed in tunics (distinctively shorter) and girl’s wore dresses (knee length and longer.)


About Susan

Hi! My name is Susan and I am a historian, seamstress, teacher, mother, and wife. My passion for history has manifested itself in the art of recreating clothing from different periods of time. Growing up in the American South, I am heavily schooled in the art of recreating clothing from the 19th century. After nearly a decade of immersing myself primarily in the Victorian period, I found the need to branch out and explore other periods of time. However, it is my connection with the American South and the clothing of rural America that continues to be the driving force behind my designs.