The Eton suit originated in England. The style, became very popular in other parts of the European continent in time. The Eton began to appear in America in the early 19th
century, becoming very popular by the late 19th century. Conventions for wearing the Eton collar varied somewhat from
country to country. In some countries the Eton collar was worn with
ordinary suits, not the short jacketed Eton suit. In other countries
especially the United States, affluent boys might wear a full Eton suit.
The Eton suit was worn with a variety of pants, including long pants,
knickers, and knee-pants, the pattern varying from country to country.
Variations were also noted in the sizes of the collars and how they were
By the early 1840's. portraits began showing that the Eton collar and Eton suits had crossed the
Atlantic. The boys wearing them were generally
boys from affluent
families. Around the 1920's, a distinctly
American off shoot of the Eton suit was worn by younger American boys. The
suit was worn with a short lapless jacket usually, and suspender short pants. Initially worn with an Eton collar, Peter Pan
collars had become more common by the 1930's.
The new Spring Collection from Lito contains some amazing new fabrics. For nearly 40-years, Lito has always designed and manufactured children's formal wear for style & wearability--always including those extra touches you just don't find in most children's clothing. The addition of Tencel is yet another example of the quality of their clothing line. Although you'll find several dresses are made from a fabric called "Tencel", chances are you've never heard of it! Adorable Baby Clothing is proud to present these beautiful dresses to you this Spring! Tencel, or Lyocell, is a
natural, man made fiber made from with
wood pulp from sustainable tree farms. Tencel textiles are created
though the use of nanotechnology in an award-winning process
that recovers or decomposes all solvents and emissions--that means sensitive skin isn't going to be bothered by harsh chemicals or surface texture, and there is virtually no impact on the environment!
Made from the natural cellulose found in wood pulp.
The fiber is economical in its use of energy and natural resources, and
is fully biodegradable.
Because of the fibers' high absorbency, the fabrics can
be dyed to high quality standards.
It has natural breathability and 50% greater moisture absorption than cotton.
Due to its moisture management, tencel is also anti-bacterial.
Soft, breathable, lightweight and comfortable, it is similar to rayon in feel. Tencel
has an extremely smooth, soft surface that drapes beautifully to
flatter every figure.
The fiber surface feels soft and supple against the skin and its
incredible wicking abilities keep the skin dry, making tencel a great
fabric for sensitive skin.
This super fiber can hold up to a beating when both we and dry, and is most conveniently resistant to wrinkles.
Tencel Burnout is a process of printing which uses chemicals, rather than color, to "burn
out" or dissolve away one fiber in a cloth. The purpose is to achieve a
sheer lacy & intricate design. It is also used to obtain eyelets or other
type patterns in a fabric. The results found in the Lito dresses is nothing short of exquisite! The resulting fabric as seen in the example on the right, is a soft, floral pattern that is a combination of color and sheer patterns. This fabric overlays a solid color that brings the combinations to life. Your little girl is definitely going to love this dress! I hope you'll take a minute to stop by and see these and so many others that are the dresses little girls dream of!
With Valentine's Day fast approaching we're all probably wondering what to get that special person and what that special person might get for us. And then, for some reason I started thinking about my grandmother--my Dad's mom. Every year when I was little, my mother would take me to the local drugstore, and let me pick out a box of candy for her. I always chose the heart shaped ones--you know.....the Russel Stover boxes that have been around forever. Each one sealed in factory cellophane.......each one chosen because I was absolutely sure she was going to love it. Over the years,as I got older and life started changing, that tradition died. I don't remember exactly when, but it just stopped. I'm not sure if my mother continued to send them or not either.
I got married, started my career, had children, and moved even farther away. That closeness to my grandmother I enjoyed as a child became but a distant memory. I did go to visit her when my first daughter was about one-year-old. I wanted her to see her great-granddaughter. It wasn't too many years after that that my grandmother passed away. I flew to Dallas, for her funeral. After the funeral we all went back to my grandmother's house.......the house she'd lived in for over 50-years. It felt so strange to walk through the door again, knowing her sweet smiling face wouldn't be there to greet me. My best friend, Margo, was with me. After awhile we went to my grandmother's bedroom.......it was like walking into a time warp. The same furniture I remembered as a little girl.......eerily quiet now.......taking the resemblance of a shrine to my grandmother. As we looked around the room, I saw her hair brush--the one with the silver plated back that I played with as a little girl. I used to pretend I was a princess, because only a princess would use a silver brush to brush her hair. Then for some reason I decided to look in my grandmother's closet. I was absolutely dumbfounded.........there in one corner was a stack of heart shaped valentine candy boxes, each one still neatly sealed in their cellophane covers. There must have been at least 10-15 of them! My first thought was "why didn't she eat the chocolate?" And, then.........why would she save those boxes! No one could answer that............but as I've grown older, I think I know why.......it was a reminder of a sweet time in her life, when her little granddaughter spent time with her, and wanted to send something that made her happy. I've come to appreciate those times so much now.......especially being a grandmother myself now.
What I learned from my grandmother is, that it's not how big or fancy a box of candy is.......it's not about how many roses are sent...........it's the quality of the time spent with someone.......it's the memories that are created that transcend all time and become the treasures we'll always carry with us. It is knowing that you loved and were loved no matter what.Be that treasure in someone's life and don't worry if the box is big enough, or fancy enough, or has the perfect chocolate in it.......do something that creates a memory that one day will come back to them and they will know beyond a shadow of a doubt they were loved.Happy Valentine's Grandma! x0x0