Little Lord Fauntleroy Blouses: Types


Figure 1.--There were different types of Fauntleroy blouses. The principal variations concerned the collar and the bottom hem. There were several different kinds of collars. Some blouses had lace collars and others ruffled collars. Here we see a blouse with a pleated collar and a draw-string waist closure.

There were different types of Fauntleroy blouses. The principal variations concerned the collar and the bottom hem. There were several different kinds of collars. Some blouses had lace collars and others ruffled collars. The lace collars were more common in the classic Fauntleroy era, from about 1885-1895. Blouses with real lace could be quite expensive. This somewhast limited the size of the collar. As the turn of the century appraoched, the ruffled collars became increasingly common. Some had pleats rather than ruffles. There were also many Fauntleroy blouses with lace trim worked into ruffled collars. They were very common in the classic era. Most of these blouses were closed collar garments, buttoned at the collar. These were often, but not always worn with bows. We also notice open collar Fauntleroy blouses (figure 1 and 2). These were worn with dickies. We do not note them very commonly in the photographic record. The other major variation was the waist hem. Many bloses had draw strings and thus blouced out at the waist. Other blouses buttoned on to the pants. We have just begun to work on this section. There may have been other tyoes thast we have not yet noted.

Collars

There were several different types of Fauntleroy blouse collars. The most destinctive feature of te Fauntleroy blouse was the collar which on some blouses was enormous, virtually enveloping smaller boys. Some blouses had lace collars and others ruffled collars. The lace collars were more common in the classic Fauntleroy era, from about 1885-1895. Blouses with real lace could be quite expensive. This somewhast limited the size of the collar. As the turn of the century appraoched, the ruffled collars became increasingly common. Some had pleats rather than ruffles. There were also many Fauntleroy blouses with lace trim worked into ruffled collars. They were very common in the classic era. Most of these blouses were closed collar garments, buttoned at the collar. These were often, but not always worn with bows. We also notice open collar Fauntleroy blouses. These were worn with dickies. We do not note them very commonly in the photographic record.

Waist Hem

The other major variation was the waist hem. Many bloses had draw strings waist closure and thus blouced out at the waist. These are the bloucesthat flounced out at the waist from which the garment draws its name. These garments were not attached to the pants or support garment in any way. Other blouses buttoned on to the pants. This was one method of holding the pabts up.

Other

We have just begun to work on this section. There may have been other tyoes thast we have not yet noted.







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