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As can be seen in this photo, girls’ dresses were more or less smaller versions of what their mums wore.
Notice the boy’s inevitable short back and sides with side parting.
A girl in my primary school had a rabbit cardigan just like this knitted in red and white. When it became too small for her, her mum cut the sleeves above the elbow to make it bolero style.
Yes, I had outfits just like this!
Puff sleeves, gingham, seersucker, Broderie Anglaise trim with ribbon threaded through, sashes tied at the back, pockets – some of the things I remember from summer dresses of the day.
A pattern which could be adapted to make a day dress, a party dress, a skirt and top, all with a choice of collar styles. Notice the trousers. They weren’t common and were known as ‘slacks’. They were definitely not worn for school.