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When my grandmother was a child, pantalettes were a necessary adjunct to every little frock. Sturdy little legs were covered almost to the ankles with lace-trimmed or beruffled pant legs. With the changing fashions, my mother wore no pantalettes but her little dresses were long coming half way from her knees to her ankles.
"Fall Forecast for Children's Frocks,"
The Iowa Homemaker: Vol. 2
, Article 6.
Available at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/homemaker/vol2/iss5/6