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George Washington, as the first president of the United States, is perhaps the most renowned and revered figure in our nation’s history. Yet while George Washington was a Commander in Chief and President unlike any other, he also had a woman who loved him dearly at his side: his wife, Martha Washington. Martha Washington may not have been an active political mind or influential advisor, but she was truly George’s right hand.
As America’s first First Lady, Martha Washington endured a great number of sacrifices during her lifetime. As a young woman, Martha married Daniel Parke Custis and had four children—only two survived to adulthood. At age 25, Martha was suddenly and unexpectedly a widow left to raise her children alone. Just two years later, George Washington walked into her life and began courting the new widow. In 1759, George and Martha married. With a wealthy fortune left behind by her late husband, Martha brought financial gain to George. Her money allowed the future president to increase his estate, buying land and slaves for Mount Vernon.
When the Revolutionary War broke out, Martha Washington joined the war effort by traveling to Valley Forge to spend the toughest days with her husband and his troops. Martha spent the years of the Continental Army’s encampment at Valley Forge traveling ten days and hundreds of miles from home to be with George. She lived in the encampment, always impeccably dressed and assertive in personality as though the war wouldn’t break her spirit. Once the Revolutionary War ended in victory, Martha opposed her husband’s decision to become president. In fact, she opposed so strongly she refused to attend his inauguration in 1789. Yet once in office, First Lady Martha Washington became an amicable host, welcoming guests and hosting state affairs in New York and Philadelphia through Washington’s presidency.
An exclusive piece in our Heritage Costumes Patriotic collection of quality costume clothing, this children’s Martha Washington costume is authentic to the 1700s and the attire worn by the initial First Lady herself. You’ll look just like the wife of the first U.S. president who inspired First Ladies for years to come when you don this historically accurate costume set. To capture Washington’s 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 Martha Washington and traditional women’s wear are a white lace-trimmed shawl and matching mob cap.
Of course, every Martha Washington patriotic costume needs a few accessories, too. No woman during the 19th century went without her colonial hoop skirt and Martha Washington wig. If you’d like to enhance your Martha Washington 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 Martha Washington costume can be used for historical school events, play, or simply a fun day of pretending to be a leading woman and the wife of the first president in the 18th century. Made with pride and care right in the United States, this kids’ Martha Washington 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).