|My mid 19th-century infant shirt without the flaps folded.|
I got an infant shirt for Christmas a few years ago (thanks Mom!) and I wasn't really sure what to make of it except that it had some of the finest hand sewing I had ever seen, including intricate stitching and lace work. Like most 18th- and 19th-century shirts, this piece is made using rectangles and squares of fabric instead of a curvy, contoured pattern.
|Overall view of the shirt when unfolded. It is simply made with a rectangle of fabric plus some lace for the sleeves.|
|Detail of the shirt, showing how the seam on the flap is turned under when the flaps fold out.|
|My newest infant shirt, with reinforced armpits and fine decoration.|
|Detail of the hand embroidery and bobbin lace adorning the shirt's flaps.|
|Front and back views of an infant shirt as it would be worn under a barracoat. The flaps fold out over the barracoat and another slip might be added to cover both the shirt flaps and barracoat before the gown went on.|