Dating Child's Clown Costume

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion Q & A' started by greatglenvintage, Apr 13, 2017.

  1. greatglenvintage

    greatglenvintage Registered Guest

    Hi! I found this child's clown/jester costume at an estate sale recently, but I'm not sure if it's even vintage at all. The purple fabric has a slight sheen to it. There is elastic at the opening of the legs but not the arms. Any advice would be appreciated!

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  2. bycinbyhand

    bycinbyhand Trade Member

  3. Rue_de_la_Paix

    Rue_de_la_Paix Trade Member

    That is very cute! The purple fabric looks to be a glazed cotton which is found quite often on vintage and antique children's Halloween costumes, as it was a very inexpensive fabric mostly used for lining women's garments, Victorian hat linings, etc. The yellow looks like a thin cotton or rayon lining fabric also.

    These old costumes can be hard to date, as the fabric could be much older than the finished costume. The yarn balls could have been added later as the colors do not match well. As typical of these, it was obviously sewn up very quickly using basic and simple stitches. My guess is it is pre 1950s, but I really cannot tell much, that's just a guess.
  4. Jonathan

    Jonathan Trade Member

    That glazed cotton was popular for costumes in the 1920s-30s

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