1. A 1952 Simplicity pattern for pajama style costumes for children. I want to hug the little penguin so much.

    A 1952 Simplicity pattern for pajama style costumes for children. I want to hug the little penguin so much.

  2. One piece animal costumes with removable ears and paws were especially popular with penny-pinching mothers of the 1950s, as they could be worn as pajamas after the Halloween season or costume party was finished.

    One piece animal costumes with removable ears and paws were especially popular with penny-pinching mothers of the 1950s, as they could be worn as pajamas after the Halloween season or costume party was finished.

  3. A selection of costumes from the Fall 1939 Sears catalog.

    A selection of costumes from the Fall 1939 Sears catalog.

  4. Little girls’ desires to dress up like a Disney Princess date all the way back to the very first full-length Disney movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
This McCall pattern for a girl’s Snow White costume dates to 1938, the year the film was released.

    Little girls’ desires to dress up like a Disney Princess date all the way back to the very first full-length Disney movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

    This McCall pattern for a girl’s Snow White costume dates to 1938, the year the film was released.

  5. Just as the 100th anniversary of American independence sparked a series of American themed parties in the late 1870s and early 1880s, the 150th anniversary of the same event created a fad for colonial themed masquerades in the early 1930s. This dress was made by Peggy Hoyt in 1934 for such a masquerade.

    Just as the 100th anniversary of American independence sparked a series of American themed parties in the late 1870s and early 1880s, the 150th anniversary of the same event created a fad for colonial themed masquerades in the early 1930s. This dress was made by Peggy Hoyt in 1934 for such a masquerade.

  6. Inexpensive, mass-produced masquerade costumes were available for mail order in the 1930s. This selection of costumes is from the Fall 1933 Sears catalog.

    Inexpensive, mass-produced masquerade costumes were available for mail order in the 1930s. This selection of costumes is from the Fall 1933 Sears catalog.

  7. An early 1930s du Barry’s pattern for a Pierrette clown costume.

    An early 1930s du Barry’s pattern for a Pierrette clown costume.

  8. Adorable girls’ fancy dress costumes from a 1926 French fashion magazine. The beetle and the chick in the egg are absolutely precious.

    Adorable girls’ fancy dress costumes from a 1926 French fashion magazine. The beetle and the chick in the egg are absolutely precious.

  9. A luxurious ‘Queen of Sheba’ fancy dress costume designed by Mon Pascaud in 1926.

    A luxurious ‘Queen of Sheba’ fancy dress costume designed by Mon Pascaud in 1926.

  10. Turkish and ‘Oriental’ themed parties remained popular through the 1920s, especially with the upper class. This adorable “Young Princess of Lotusland” costume was made for a little girl in France in 1926.

    Turkish and ‘Oriental’ themed parties remained popular through the 1920s, especially with the upper class. This adorable “Young Princess of Lotusland” costume was made for a little girl in France in 1926.