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Written by JulieW
(9/17/2007 11:48 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, 'pattern of the Jacket & Trowsers,', penned by Mandy N
The pattern would be made from paper, taken from a set of the boys clothes .
Having seen a small silk suit owned by teh adult Edward Austen, when visiting Chawton house last year, I imagine the childrens suits would be tiny.
You could even buy books with paper pattens printed on them for use at home: one example isThe Lady's Economical Assistant or, the Art of Cutting Out, Making The Most Useful Atricles of Wearing Apparel , Without Waste, Explained by the Clearest Directions and Numerous Engravings of Appropriate and Tasteful Patterns by a Lady designed for Domestic Use (1808) is just one of the the early pattern books.
This book contained patterns for women's, children's, infant's and men's clothing, together with suggestions and pattersn for clothing for the poor to be either given away or loaned to poorer households as acts of charity.
I will be talking about thsi much more on this in the forthcoming Masnfeild park Group read ;-)
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