To be honest, I don't have much of an idea as to what little children wore under their clothes during the civil war. But, I know that little children in the 18th and early 19th century wore shifts either under their gowns, or plain, and I know that everyone else during the Civil War wore drawers, chemises and or undershirts. So, it would make sense that little kids would have too. I know that for practicality, children's clothes had tucks and drawstrings. And this info (along with a little bit more research :)) caused me to make my 1 year old brother Andrew, some clothes (and underclothes).
I made him a couple outfits because I had been planning on us going to Gettysburg this summer for the 150th. But I ran into a few complications in the getting us there part, so I never registered....and so we didn't make it. But Andrew has the clothes, and a few days ago I decided it was about time he had some pictures of them. If you think he looks angelic, (well he is :P) he had just woken up from a nap and was in a pleasant daze.
This white "outfit" is his underthings. For the drawers, I laid out a pair of his little sweatpants as a pattern and traced around them on the fabric. They have a drawstring waist, and a tuck at the bottom of each leg. I had so much fun sewing all his clothes-the openings were too small for the sewing machine so I hand-sewed most of it :) The shirt was made by measuring his middle and his length, and then just drawing and cutting until it was the shape and size I wanted. The sleeves are not separate but part of the body, similar to how the boys shoulders on their shirts are. (I picture an 18th century bed-gown sleeve)
|hey, come pick me back up!|
|what do you mean you aren't going to pick|
|from the back|
tunics that Sarah made. So what I did was draw out the shape on the fabric, draw out the sleeve shapes, and then cut it out and sew it. I trimmed it with gray bias tape around the hem, the neck, and where the buttons are. I used shell buttons.
|(this tunic is his favorite too :P)|
|the welcoming arms he ran to when he decided he was finished|