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I'm planning a dress for my young neice, my problem being a lack of patterns for fancy children's clothing. The dress is a formal gown, around 1858-1861. Drafting a skirt is no problem, but I'd like a little advice on a bodice. Seeing as most children's clothing was a scaled version of adult clothing, would it be possible to use TV442 and simply scale it down, using shallower darts and cutting the neckline without the V? Has anyone else tried this?
You didn't mention your niece's age so I'm not sure if you mean young girl, or young teen. If its the young teen, I'm no help with resizing patterns. Have you tried Elizabeth Stewart Clark's one for young ladies? It could be used to make something like this white dress with a Swiss waist.
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they used linen for summer riding habit, so that would be be fine. For an alternative, you can also use a cotton twill or light canvas. Or something similar.
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