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May 1908

"Styles for the Month for Children"

  In making summer frocks for girls this season, the trouble is not to find a pretty style, but to decide which of the dozens of the charming modes shall be discarded before the one chosen is selected, for where almost everything prepared for juveniles is so smart and artistic the choice becomes doubly hard. Mercerized cheviot, madras and the new silky-looking French ginghams are made into the most charming summer frocks for girls who are still wearing short skirts. White embroidery, straps and tabs of white linen or pique and even coarse laces are used for trimmings. A dainty little frock of pink and white French gingham has a large bertha of white pique. Another delightful costume is of pale-blue chambray, with a fancy bertha of tucked white lawn and lace.

White stockings are still considered the smart thing for little tots to wear with all sorts of light-colored costumes. Very odd these tiny white legs look coming out beneath the modish black silk coats.

This is an original fashion article that was published in McCall's, May 1908 issue. McCall's frequently included information about their sewing patterns in their magazine. The patterns on this Webpage are out-of-print. The pattern numbers listed by the costumes are the original ones given by the makers. We have listed them as a point of reference for the reader.


front view

Recommended for ages 8 to 14 years.

Original McCall's Pattern No. 2065

The jumper effect of this little dress is well carried out by a deep V-shaped opening both back and front, the edges of which are held together by narrow straps of the material. This opening is outlined by two tucks stitched their entire length. Broad shoulder pieces, perfectly plain and without fullness of any kind, are sewn to the waist under the second tuck. A one-piece skirt is seamed up in the back, finished off for a placket and joined to the belt.

back view and blouse

No. 2065 continued…

For a between-seasons dress a fine twilled serge is unequaled, for this closely-woven material is warm, without being heavy or cumbersome. The guimpe may be of nainsook, lawn or a fine pin-dotted muslin, with long or short sleeves. Among the cotton materials shown this season are any number of bright plaided ginghams, very childish and serviceable. One especially good design is composed of square green blocks bounded by hairlines of brown on a white background. Insertions of Hamburg embroidery are used as a trimming, since this style of garniture possesses the necessary wearing qualities.


front view

Recommended for ages 6 to 12 years.

Original McCall's Pattern No. 2078

Children's clothes can be made up so quickly and require such a small quantity of material that one really has no excuse for denying a child the pleasure of a new dress. Narrow tucks, stitched only for a few inches and then allowed to fly, make the waist front blouse prettily, while other tucks of the same width are stitched flat in the back, as less fullness is more becoming. A lining is used for the foundation of this waist, and is faced with allover lace or embroidered batiste for a yoke.

back view

No. 2078 continued…

When this has been done, the outside is arranged on the lining portions and tacked as required. A straight piece of the goods makes the skirt, which is, of course, attached to the waist. Pongee is especially good for tucking, and is recommended for this frock in its natural color-- tan. Two lines of narrow soutache braid in the same shade decorate the skirt and appear on yoke-straps and sleeve-caps while the tiny gilt buttons that are so suitable for children brighten the dress and finish it most appropriately.


front view

Recommended for ages 4 to 10 years.

Original McCall's Pattern No. 2066

One of the newest fancies in small dresses are those with front panels running from neck to edge of hem. The rest of the dress is made as usual, and is composed of a tucked waist and full-pleated skirt, both of which are joined to the panel and to each other. This style is one of the most fetching seen this year, and has already become most popular.

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No. 2066 Continued…

Our design closes in the back and is intended for wear over a guimpe. Dull blue chambray would be very satisfactory made up in this mode and trimmed with one of the blue-and-white cotton braids that are being so extensively used on wash dresses. White pique is dainty for best, but white is no longer favored for every-day on account of immense laundering entailed, and there is every indication that summer will be a color season, with embroidered materials, calicoes, ginghams and figured stuffs of all kinds in high favor.

Bibliography Information:

"Styles of the Month for Children", McCall's Magazine, Vol. XXXV, No. 9, May 1908, p. 701.





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