This is an English girl's dress of about 1760. It is a fashionable dress made from expensive Chinese export silk, but it has a thrifty secret. To us, it often looks as if children in the past were miniature adults, particularly in the way they were dressed. This girl's dress echoes fashionable women's dresses of the period. like them, it was worn over tight stays and voluminous petticoats.
Child's short dress and basque waistband of pale sea green velvet trimmed with lace and blue ribbon (front), English, ca. 1870. The basque waistband has three tabs, one at the front and two at the back.