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“I’m going to stroke you Mummy”  announced my daughter.  She sidled over and lovingly stroked me from the top of my head to my waist.  Her chubby little hands juddering slowly down.  Shame she’d just finished a finger lickin’ plateful of sausage and ketchup.

That was yesterday. Since then I’ve made a full recovery and added all these antique baby and children’s clothes to my website. They’re nearly all Victorian and the oldest are from around 1850 and completely hand stitched including all the pintucks, seams, button loops and embroidery.

Even though they’re so old they’re in really good condition.  Apart from the styles and fact that they’re handstitched they feel the same as modern cotton – good thing it’s so durable when stored it the right conditions.

Antique Victorian baby & children's clothes Buckingham VIntage www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Unusual cotton neck frill detail. Antique Victorian baby & children’s clothes Buckingham Vintage http://www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Antique Victorian baby & children's clothes Buckingham VIntage www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Unusual fabric for the time but beautiful hand stitched decorative detail on the bodice.  Sadly this one is discoloured. Antique Victorian baby & children’s clothes Buckingham Vintage http://www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Antique Victorian baby & children's clothes Buckingham VIntage www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Beautiful lace insert on the sleeve. Antique Victorian baby & children’s clothes Buckingham Vintage http://www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Antique Victorian baby & children's clothes Buckingham VIntage www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Hand embroidered and gathered waist band detail on a baby christening gown. Antique Victorian baby & children’s clothes Buckingham VIntage http://www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Antique Victorian baby & children's clothes Buckingham VIntage www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Victorian labelling – easier than sewing on name tags.  Antique Victorian baby & children’s clothes Buckingham Vintage http://www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Antique Victorian baby & children's clothes Buckingham VIntage www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Another early Victorian baby nightgown with a nick inthe neck lace but nice waist sash detail. Antique Victorian baby & children’s clothes Buckingham Vintage http://www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Antique Victorian baby & children's clothes Buckingham VIntage www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Another Victorian nightgown for a baby. Antique Victorian baby & children’s clothes Buckingham Vintage http://www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Antique Victorian baby & children's clothes Buckingham VIntage www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Toddler dress.  This too is entirely hand stitched.  Must have taken ages and all before electric lights.  Antique Victorian baby & children’s clothes Buckingham Vintage http://www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Antique Victorian baby & children's clothes Buckingham VIntage www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Victorian Christening gown with short puffed sleeves.  Plenty of pintucks.  The hem sweep on these is usually between five and six feet long!  Antique Victorian baby & children’s clothes Buckingham Vintage http://www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Antique Victorian baby & children's clothes Buckingham VIntage www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Here’s a close up of that little puffed sleeve.  Antique Victorian baby & children’s clothes Buckingham Vintage http://www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Antique Victorian baby & children's clothes Buckingham VIntage www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

And more of the “First Shirts” that the curator of the children’s collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood kindly identified for me via Twitter.  Antique Victorian baby & children’s clothes Buckingham Vintage http://www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Antique Victorian baby & children's clothes Buckingham VIntage www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Nappy outer layer. Antique Victorian baby & children’s clothes Buckingham Vintage http://www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Antique Victorian baby & children's clothes Buckingham VIntage www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Beautiful little three quarter coat or Jacket in perfect condition.  I hardly ever get any of these.  Antique Victorian baby & children’s clothes Buckingham Vintage http://www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Antique Victorian baby & children's clothes Buckingham VIntage www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Edwardian / Victorian Girls’ sheer muslin blouse.  Possibly  small woman or teenager.  Antique Victorian baby & children’s clothes Buckingham Vintage http://www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Antique Victorian baby & children's clothes Buckingham VIntage www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Sheer Victorian girls’ dress.  Probably for a five year old.  I hardly ever manage to get hold of any of these for slightly older children.  Antique Victorian baby & children’s clothes Buckingham Vintage http://www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Antique Victorian baby & children's clothes Buckingham VIntage www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

The same sheer girl’s dress from the front.  The lace on this is amazing!! Antique Victorian baby & children’s clothes Buckingham Vintage http://www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Antique Victorian nappies or vests from www.BuckinghamVintage.co.uk

Antique Victorian First Shirt Baby Vest 1850 from http://www.buckinghamvintage.co.uk

Today has been a hectic whirl of three and four year olds birthday parties all ridden to and from by bike.  We returned with a helium balloon that miraculously did not pop on over hanging branches or escape.,  intact party bags, unsquashed delicious cake and one happy sugar overloaded three year old.

My eldest has made an unexpected trip back from Bristol and our numbers are up again.

Here they all are back in the summer.

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My eldest

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My middle three boys – they don’t usually dress like that

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My youngest of the middle three and my youngest of all

It’s almost midnight.  This is one of my favourite parts of the day.  Everything is finished and most have gone to bed.  All is quiet except for the washing machine & tumble drier rumbling, a distant muntjac barking away in the woods and the oven fan rattling as son no 3 cooks up a midnight snack for himself and sons nos 2 & 4.  Smells good.

Now I can get on with work without interruption.  What’s your favourite time of the day to get on with things?  Are you a night owl or early bird?

I wonder what will turn up to go into the shop next.

Catherine Xx

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