Lion and Mouse Suit




Do little boys in your area wear heirloom clothing?  I hope so.  This little suit is for my 18 month old grandson who will wear this as soon as he grows into it.  I am always so pleased that my daughter and her husband enjoy seeing Alastair in classic clothing.

The blue suit fabric is a very fine wool challis, no heavier than broadcloth.  It is lined with blue microcheck and closed at the shoulder and side tabs with pearl shank buttons.  I was tempted to embroider a little mouse on the front of the suit, but chose instead to leave it plain so that it would be more versatile.  I may make another shirt, perhaps with a wide, embroidered collar.





The shirt is made of ivory combed batiste.  A box pleat at center front allows for more ease of movement.  Pearl 4-hole shirt buttons close the back opening. 

The most noticeable feature of the shirt is the Binche picture lace on the collar and cuffs of the shirt.  Clearly, this is boy lace, with a not-too-scary predatory lion and strong color contrast.  Blue cordonett outlines the beast and the surrounding natural growth in which the little mouse is presumably hiding.  It has been pinstitched in place with matching blue DMC 50 wt. cotton thread on both the collar and sleeves.





Most Binche picture lace edging has a perfectly straight decorative edge, adorned with no more than picots.  This allows the same piece to be used for insertion, as shown on the sleeves.  However, the fabric was not cut away from behind the lace, as it would serve no purpose other than to feminize the shirt and compromise the integrity of the sleeve.  And who wants that on an outfit for a rough and  tumble little boy?

I’m really eager to see Alastair wearing this suit.  A picture of him wearing a pair of white high top shoes would be timeless.  I wonder how long little boys have been wearing suits like this, certainly longer than I remember and that’s a lonnnnnnnnnng time.

I’m going to say it again.  I love classic children’s clothing.

P.S.   I do have several bolts of Binche lace for sale, $4 py.  Drop me a note if you would like some.



5 responses to “Lion and Mouse Suit

  1. Oh how precious! He will be a little doll. Blue goes so well with blonde hair.
    I love seeing little boys in heirloom. I hope his parents will want him in heirloom for a long time to come.

    My son, Phillip, wore heirloom including tatting made by my grandmother. The last “Easter suit” was white with blue varigated tatting, white knee socks and white Jack and Jill shoes. He was a blue eyed, blonde headed doll. He came home from Sunday School and announced that “the otter boys don’t got lace on they clothes!” (out of the mouth of babes) He was 3 1/2 years old and he did have to wear his fancy church clothes the rest of the summer, but when fall came, the heirloom was put away. He remembered the “fancy” clothes when his son Jackson came along and was not too keen on the idea after Jackson was about 18 months old. Thankfully, I had 2 little granddaughters on the way by then so once again I was able to immerse myself in lace by the yard!

  2. Oh, Karen, what a sweet little guy Logan was! I’m glad you were assertive enough to inform Logan’s teachers about his Marine grandfather’s childhood wardrobe and how he appreciated Logan’s classic clothing. It’s heartening to hear of fathers who support their wives decision to dress their sons this way. Your husband could be a Marine too!
    Your story sent me down Memory Lane. My son wore his last Eton suit for Christmas when he was 6. One of my fondest memories is of him at the Sunday school Christmas program. In his forest green velvet short pants and jacket and ivory shirt smocked with toy soldiers, he very calmly walked to the baby grand piano, climbed up on the bench and played Good King Wensceslas. At the end of his piece, he even managed an awkward bow.
    He was very different from Logan. Not only did he wear whatever I put out for him, he was oblivious to peer pressure and most other things that did not interest him. In 4TH GRADE!!!! he slipped past me while I was on the phone and ran for the school bus in a nice shirt and his shorty pajama bottoms. When he came home from school, I was aghast and asked did he realize that he was wearing his pj’s? Yeah, he said, some kids at school noticed but he told him they looked just like shorts so he was okay with that. And what could he have for a snack?
    My Ryan was simultaneously infuriating and charming. Now, at 36 (next week), he manages to dress appropriately whether he is flying (he’s a pilot) or in the office managing a fleet of jets. I’ll never regret dressing him in special clothes. And now his son Robert is wearing some of those same garments.

  3. Oh, I loved the story of Ryan in his velvet suit! So precious! I am so glad that Ryan handled the pj situation at school so well. He certainly had a healthy self-concept. Thank you for sharing your memories!

  4. Hi Janice, I would looooove to have a little Binche picture lace if you have any left over at all. It doesn’t necessarily need to be this one, although I think it’s awesome!

  5. Linda, I do have some Binche left, including the lion and mouse but in bright gold instead of blue. I’ll send you an e-mail with photos of what is still available. This really is unique and wonderful stuff.

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