C1826-33 printed tiny gown with matching pelerine
Enchanteur! Poppies Cottage is in love with this tiny, late Regency gown for a very young child, with it's own matching double pelerine. I have only examined one of these once before, in silk, and it went to a museum. So rare indeed. Both the pelerine and the deep, deep hem of the gown are lined in the finest linen, and the stitch-work is wonderful. The print is a tiny motif in purples and leaf greens on white. The massive gigot sleeves are deeply gathered to the tops and diminish to the cuffed wrists; very narrow. These sleeves are so romantic on ladies wear of the time, and appear quite pretentious on so young a child, with the gathered bodice and deeply stroked, pleat waist, making the female form appear so feminine. But in this era, children wore miniature versions of their mama's clothes, without exception. The pelerine is very wide, to cover the huge sleeve tops, and is completely separate from the dress.
Utterly clean & fresh and does not appear to have been washed. The print is bright and background lovely, as is the linen inner. There is a very small stain to the back skirt, and two equally tiny to the pelerine. Very minor. The hooks & eyes are a beautiful original brass. A small, white fabric, modern extension has been made to the waist [see back view]. My baby mannequin has a 23" chest, and it is too big! The child must have been tiny! However, the extension has been made with machine stitching which I cannot bear on such an early garment. It really should be removed. Or perhaps I am being too fussy! Otherwise completely original and adorable in every respect. The collector's seriel code is labelled inside, all part of the history.