Sprites In Some 18th Century Clothing Options


{View Larger} {View the PDF} {View Black & White} {View the Black & White PDF}
{More Sprites Paper Dolls}


Today’s Printable Paper Doll Inspirations: 18th Century Merchant Class Clothing
18th century clothing for paper dolls including a round-gown and a tricorn hat. Free to print in color or black and white from paperthinpersonas.com.

18th Century paper doll clothing in black and white

This 18th century clothing for the Sprites paper dolls are meant to represent the Merchant Class. On the left, for the men, we have a jacket and vest worn over a shirt. His breeches, stockings and shoes are all mid-18th century. On the right, for the lady, we have a round-gown, defined by the lack of a stomacher. A handkerchief fills her low neckline and she has a matching cap, stockings and shoes.

In the United States in the 18th century, there were four social classes. You could be wealthy, merchant class, lower class or in some for of bondage, such as enslaved or indentured. In England, these classes were defined by birth. So, it was entirely possible to be a Merchant and make more money than a Lord, but you were still in the middle class. Unless you could marry off your son or daughter into a higher social status and then… Well, we have the plot of one of a million 18th century romances.

I should add that the merchant class didn’t just include merchants. Anyone involved in a trade like lawyers, doctors and clergy were considered middle-class. It wasn’t until the late 18th century that Barbers were separate from Doctors.

If you’re interested in learning more about 18th century clothing, you can check out my 18th Century Pixies series. I talk a lot in there about the ladies clothing of the era.

Alternatively, one of my favorite 18th century costume history books is What Clothes Reveal. I used it a lot for these, because it shows what “middle-class” people wore, rather than just what those with lots of cash wore. Colonial Williamsburg also has a decent overview of 18th century clothing. If you’re not sure where to start, start there.

Love the blog? Then donate through Patreon. Every little bit helps.

Looking for some Sprite paper dolls to wear these outfits? Pick out Sprite paper dolls here.

Tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to Sprites In Some 18th Century Clothing Options

  1. Annemarie says:

    Also James Townsend and Sons, great source for RevWar re-enactors and anyone else interested in 18th century life and clothes. (For all classes.) No, I have no connection to them, just love their YouTube channel.

    Guy’s outfit is awesome and Mr Knitted Rat wants one. Yeah, good luck, Mr. R. I have not the skills.

  2. boots says:

    i have an absolute fascination for the everyday dress of old-timey folk. i love the fancy stuff too, but Joe Blow the butcher in his at-the-bar duds is every bit as interesting, i think!

    love love love those red shoes! : D

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *