My oldest son is at an awkward age (6...getting too old for tunics but still seems young for adult styles). We just started volunteering at Sutter's Fort and we are starting from scratch; the fort supplied him with these from the loaner closet ( https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/91616744@N05/21275568804/
) but I'd like to make him something more appropriate for 1846 that fits better. He's small for his age but extremely precocious and definitely doesn't want to be in "little kid stuff" anymore and I am honestly at a total loss.
Here are his stats:
I'd like to make him some button fly trousers, a shirt, a vest, and a coat. (I know he could probably still do tunics but he will fight me on it, which is a shame because I have Elizabeth's fantastic pattern.)
Shirt: Is a white linen or cotton shirt appropriate for a boy his age? He tends to get absolutely filthy poking around the blacksmith's shop, and I'd rather have something I can soak and bleach if necessary rather than a printed cotton.
Which, if any, of these patterns looks most appropriate?http://www.amazondrygoods.com/products/boys-basic-shirt.htmlhttp://www.amazondrygoods.com/products/boys-tucked-shirt.htmlhttp://www.amazondrygoods.com/products/boys-band-collar-shirt.html
These are the fabrics I have available to choose from for the trousers, vest, and coat: https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/91616744@N05/21277208533/
(Yardages, clockwise from top left: 2 yd 60" wide, ~1 yard in pieces, just over 4 yd 60" wide, and 1.5 yd 60" wide)
I think I might have enough of the brown/black checked wool for a ditto suit, but if not, can I mix these fabrics? Could I use one fabric for trousers and vest with a coordinating coat, or should the trousers and coat match? Is there anything I could use besides wool that would be appropriate AND washable?
As far as patterns for the trousers, I've found these: http://www.amazondrygoods.com/products/boys-civil-war-era-button-fly-pants.html
I haven't found any patterns for a boy's vest or coat in his size (somewhere around a pattern size 4?), aside from the Kayfig boy's suit pattern which is almost 20 years past our target date.http://www.amazondrygoods.com/products/boys-ensemble-c-1863.html
Could the shirt/vest/coat pieces from her pattern set be paired with a slimmer, "older boy" trouser, or is the coat totally inappropriate for the 40s?
I'm sorry this is so long! Thanks for bearing with me!