Carl (7) in 1915, U.S.A., middle class: We have chosen to oufit Carl with a sailor blouse suit and matching bloomer knickers in "natural linen" colour. The suit is decorated with red trim and there is a detachable white dickey made of rep silk.

Carl (7) um 1915, U.S.A., Mittelschicht: ---

Carl wears a standard short-sleeved, short-legged union suit with a drop seat in the rear. The union suit has a rounded collar. It buttons up the front, ending with a collar button. The version here is a summer suit made in cotton. Notice the ribbing at the sleeve and leg cuffs.


Over this he wears an underwaist made of jean material that buttons down the front. The underwaist has a reinforced section around the waistline with extra taped-on buttons for the attachment of trousers. Just below the waist buttons in front are two garter tabs with pin tubes so that his black hose supporters can be pinned on for his long black stockings. The elastic parts of the supporters (the upper part) have buckles so that they can be adjusted to the proper length. The bottom parts with the two clasps are called pendants and are non-elastic for sturdiness and longer wear. The clasps have rubber buttons that won't tear the tops of his black stockings. The underwaist hides the top of the drop seat of the union suit at the back. But it is loose enough for Carl to open the buttons underneath.


The next step is to put on around Carls neck the dickey (shield) for the sailor blouse. This is the formal bit that fills in the space between the "V" of the sailor collar. Carl's dickey is made of rep silk (refers to the weave that is tightly woven) and has a red anchor decoration.
Then Carl needs to pull on his bloomer knickers. They are held in place with a row of buttons of the underwaist that fasten into a waistband inside the trousers.


Carl wears a sailor blouse suit with the matching bloomer knickers in "natural linen" colour and red trim. The blouse is worn with a matching red sailor scarfe. The long sleeves have a button cuff. Often the popular stripe detailing of the collar was repeated on the cuff, but not here. The bloucing at the leg is done by drawstrings in the leg hem.


More about possible clothing for Carl:

Underwear: The version Carl wears is a summer suit made in cotton. The short legs were convenient for wearing with long stockings and knickers which were standard for American boys in the 1910s. The cream color was standard for union suits. This suit does not have tabs or buttons for holding up pants or stockings. In winter time Carl would have had a union suit with long sleeves and long legs.
The reinforced section around the waistline of Carl underwaist has two rows of extra taped-on buttons for the attachment of trousers. So that if Carl would grow a bit taller, the lower set of buttons could rather be used than the upper set.
Carl's stocking supporters could be black as well as white.

Suits: Carl at age 7 was going to school, but he would have been among the youngest children at school. Age 7 was a kind of in-between age. Boys at age 7 might wear both styles younger boys wore and older boys wore. Younger boys might wear rompers, Oliver Twist suits, or tunic suit. Older boys would weak knicker suits with proper knickers. Boys at age 7 might wear tunic suits, although they were more common for younger boys. We see realtively few boys wearing tunic suits to school in the 1910s, even though they were a popular style. Boys wearing tunic suits at age 7 and 8 commonly wore sailor styles. Carl could have also worn a knicker suit like his older brother. This is a style a younger boy wold not have worn.
Younger boys up to 10 years wore blouses (without suit jackets) with knee pants during the summer. Another favourite was the sailor suit.
In the 1910s boys still commonly wore suits to school. Sailor suits were still popular, although only worn by a minority of boys to school.
The bloomer knickers were the same pants worn with tunic suits at the time.
We are not entirely sure how bloomer knickers were suspended. A possibility was an additional body part or an inside waistband with button holes. The bloucing at the leg was done by drawstrings in the leg hem.
Older boys were mostly wearing proper knickers, but we note that younger boys were wearing both knee pants and bloomer knickers. Short pants were not yet common.
Apparently knee pants, which had been so common, were now increasingly being seen as only appropriate for younger boys (so far we haven't found a reason for this phenomenon).

Collars: Large collars were still popular for younger boys, but not as large or fancy as in the 1900s. Collars were done in a modified sailor style and with a very simple loose tie.

Stockings/Socks: Boys Carl's age might wear socks during the summer. Somewhat older boys were likely to wear long stockings even in warm summer weather.

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