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During the American Revolution, a close confidant was crucial—if you couldn’t trust those around you, how could you be certain that they supported the colonists’ side? While just about everyone was involved in the American Revolution and the following Revolutionary War of the 18th century, not all were comfortable aligning with the patriots’ cause. Abigail Adams never worried about supporting the American Revolution, and she certainly never wavered in her role as confidant to her husband, John Adams. Abigail Adams became an important figure in the Thirteen Colonies thanks to her role as advisor, mother, Second Lady, First Lady, and political figure.
The wife of the second president of the United States and the mother of the sixth president, Abigail Adams was one of the most influential figures of America’s early history. Though women didn’t traditionally participate in political life, Adams did so through her husband. Abigail Adams’ life is one of the best documented of all of America’s First Ladies; she wrote letters to John Adams regularly. As John participated in the Continental Congresses and fought in the Revolutionary War, Abigail wrote to him and offered advice in response to his questions and concerns. Abigail and John often discussed government, politics, and other intellectual matters, and she offered incredible pieces of information that ranged from women’s rights to potential rebellions to eyewitness accounts of the home front during the war.
When John Adams became the nation’s second president in 1797, Abigail Adams built a reputation of formal entertaining in the president’s home in Philadelphia. She made regular public appearances, hosted large weekly dinners, and created entertainment for the entire city on the Fourth of July every year. She was an active First Lady, participating in both the social scene and politics and policy. Even when the capital was relocated to Washington, D.C. and the First Family of the Adams took up residence in the still unfinished White House, Abigail remained staunchly involved and invested in her husband’s presidency.
An exclusive piece in our Heritage Costumes Patriotic collection of quality costume clothing, this children’s Abigail Adams costume is authentic to the 1700s and the attire worn by the patriot and First Lady herself. You’ll look just like the famous confidant and wife of John Adams who inspired individuals throughout the Thirteen Colonies when you don this historically accurate costume set. To capture Adams’ attire accurately, this costume includes a 2-piece satin polyester jacquard colonial dress with contrasting penne velvet and a zipper back, a broadcloth lined bodice, and a skirt with adjustable side panniers trimmed in white polyester lace. Also included to complete the look of Abigail Adams and traditional colonial women’s wear are a white lace-trimmed shawl and matching mob cap.
Of course, every Abigail Adams patriotic costume needs a few accessories, too. No colonial woman during the 18th century went without her colonial hoop skirt, lace fan, and colonial wig. If you’d like to enhance your Abigail Adams attire with our Heritage Costume accessories (which are not included with the purchase of this costume), you can pair this costume outfit with these options from our wide selection of added details to create your very own personalized costume.
This high-quality Abigail Adams costume can be used for historical school events, play, or simply a fun day of pretending to be a leading colonial woman in the 18th century American Revolution era. Made with pride and care right in the United States, this kids’ Abigail Adams patriotic costume is built to last.
Throughout the 18th century, a woman's dress usually consisted of a gown and petticoat. The gown consisted of the bodice and skirt joined together, with the skirt open in the front to reveal the separate petticoat.
Self: 100% Polyester Satin Jacquard & Penne Velvet
Lining: 65% Polyester 35% Cotton
Trim: 65% Polyester 35% Cotton
* Most items made from polyester/cotton blend treat as polyester.
* Most items are made from polyester can be machine washed and dried.
* Use warm water and add a fabric softener to the final rinse cycle.
* Machine dry at low temperature setting and remove articles as soon as the tumbling cycle is complete.
* If ironing is needed, use a moderately warm iron.
* Most items made from polyester can be dry-cleaned.
To remove stains:
* Soak and then wash with soap and warm water using a mild liquid detergent.
* Remove tough stains by spraying with a mild stain remover. It will have a better chance of removing stains other than food and dirt.
* Tumble dry on low heat.
*Dress may vary slightly in brocade pattern and color*
Children’s clothing for both Boy's And Girls is the same size. The size is based on either the child’s weight and length in pounds and inches or on specific measurements (chest, waist, and hip).