Romper Smocking

Figure 1.--This collage from 1947 shows a French boy wearing a smcked romper outfit and an example of a smocked blouse. Note that both have not only the pleated smocking, but also the decorative emridery.

Rompers were one of several garments that were smocked. Other garments included mocks and blouses as well as girls' frovcks. Smocking is the pleated front area of garments to which emroidered work was also often added. We have noted this smocking work in Amrica and France, but believe that it was popular in other countries as well. KIt was not done on all rompers, but was most often employed on the dressier rompers for more formall occasions. The romper smocking was done on the one-piece smocks, because the smocking was done on the upper part of the roper suit. Occassionaly there was also smocking on the back of these rompers, but this was less common. The one-piece romper suits also had a back tieing bow. Many mothers saw the larger bows as more attractive. Boys wearing other romper outfits might also have smocking. The smocking on suspender rompers or button-on romper pants, however, was on the blouse worn with them rather than the romper pants itself.

Christopher Wagner

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