What is a Jon-Jon?

January 31, 2014 2:13:42 PM EST

What is a Jon-Jon?  A Jon-Jon is an outfit for a young boy that buttons at the shoulders, is short in the legs, and usually loose fitting around the waist.  It can be worn with a shirt underneath or by itself in warm weatherr.  It can be formal (made of linen or velvet) or casual.  It can have a plain front, an appliqued design on the front, or a smocked design on the front.  Plain Jon-Jons are often monogrammed with the child's initials. Sometimes they are called  SHORTALLs  or  JOHN-JOHNs. They are called  this because JFK's son John often wore them as a little boy in the White House.


        Smocked Jon-Jon                        Monogrammed Jon-Jon

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Monday's Child in Alexandria carries Feltman Brothers fine children's clothing.  Feltman Brothers is one of the most popular lines of clothing we carry here at Monday's Child.  Feltman Brothers is a brand of Fine Children's Apparel that has a very long history. It is safe to say it is one of the oldest known brands of children's clothing. In 1916 Mr. Feltman started a small factory in Manila, Philippines for hand made dresses, which were then exported to the United States. The Feltman Bros. line became so popular it was hard to keep up with the demand.

About Feltman BrothersOver the years, the company expanded to design and produce Christening Gowns with all its accessories along with the now ever popular Feltman Slip and Midgie Dresses. In addition, the Boys Wear line was created making fine Creepers and Bobbie Suits.

Feltman Brothers became famous all over the world for its' fine lace trim imported from Europe. Hand stitching, tucking, fagotting, French seams and smocking were all used in embellishing these beautiful little outfits.

Friedknit Creations today manufactures the Feltman brand and is proud to say that all Feltman Bros. outfits are created with the same workmanship as used in 1916. It is not that they oppose using advances in technology, but there is no replacement for the kind of hand detailing used.

Monday's Child is proud to carry such a prestigous and well crafted brand of clothing!

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Christening Gown Preservation and Storage

January 9, 2014 2:21:03 PM EST

Preserving a special occasion garment such as a christening gown is a wonderful way to create a family heirloom that can be used for many years to come.  The key to preserving a garment is to store it in an acid-free environment  (like an acid-free storage box) and out of contact with air and insects.  The keepsake boxes available from Monday’s Child are comprised of museum-quality acid free materials.  There is no need to pay the high prices charged by cleaning establishments to prepare your keepsake garment for storage.  They will do no more than the simple process described below.

First, make sure the garment is clean.  If washable, wash gently in a mild detergent, rinse well (rinse, rinse, rinse!), and lay flat to dry.   Press if desired.  If not washable, have it dry cleaned at an establishment that uses an environmentally safe solution.
To prepare for storage in the keepsake box from Monday’s Child, fold the garment, putting the tissue paper near the folds to prevent creases, and place it in the plastic bag provided.  Put any other items to be stored in the bag as well. Press gently to get as much air out of the bag as is reasonable. Fold the top of the bag over, tape the edge closed, and place it into the box. 

Pop out the cardboard oval covering the clear window of the inner box lid.  Put the lid into the box.  Use the white tape to seal the edges of the inner lid to the bottom of the box.  Close the outer lid of the box, and store it in a cool, dry place. 
The garment can be viewed from the clear window or may be removed from the box at any time for viewing.  Simply re-seal in the box as described above before returning it to storage.  Using these materials and this technique, your garment will last for many generations.

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What's the difference between size 6 and size 6X?

January 3, 2014 2:31:12 PM EST

Sizing in children's clothing sure can be confusing!  Size 6X is a true size bigger than size 6 and a true size smaller than size 7 - for the most part *(more on that later).  That means a size 6X is about an inch bigger around and about 2" longer in length.  Who knows how the size really came about??  Not me.  But I do know that often designers use it as a style break.  Size 6X is in the group of sizes 4-6X (4/5/6/6X) .  Tha next size group up is 7-10 or 7-12 or 7-16, depending on the designer.  Having a size 6X in the 4-6X group means that if your child is in 1st grade (and typically in a size 6) and big for her age, you will still be able to dress her in a size 6X and still have her look  like a 1st grader rather than a 5th grader (typically in a size 10 - part of the size group 7-10 where the look of the clothing is more grown up).  Size 6X IS NOT a 'plus size' or 'husky' size as most people think.

*HOWEVER!  Not all designers or clothing lines offer a size 6X.  These are typically clothing lines like party dresses or blouses or sweaters, where the items don't change in design all across many size ranges, like from 2 to 12.


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Christening Gown Refurbishing

May 25, 2013 4:16:37 PM EDT

May 25 2013

Have a christening gown that needs to be refurbished?  We can do that for you at Monday's Child.  Take a look at this video:


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May 2012 News

May 9, 2012 11:40:52 PM EDT

April was another great month at Monday's Child.  We love hearing all your feedback and receiving all your pictures.  This month we met some fascinating people - including the mother who told us all of her children had been christened in their Monday's Child christening gowns - all SEVEN of her children!  What a great story.

For you last minute shoppers - we are still FULLY stocked for First Communion!  We have gloves, veils,accessories and of course, beautiful dresses and suits.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! - Our 2 day Customer Appreciation / Mother's Day Sale will be Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12.  We will have the entire store on sale - that's right - 40% off the ENTIRE STORE.  You don't want to miss it!

If you are a fan of the store - (and we know you are!) - please LIKE our Facebook page and tell your friends!

Summer Hours: Starting on Memorial Day weekend, the shop will be closed on Sundays and Mondays.  We will be open Tuesday through Saturday all summer from 10 to 6.  

Monday's Child will celebrate a big milestone in June - our 31st anniversary!  We will celebrate on Saturday, June 9th with a party in the store!  So come by that day for party favors and cake pops by PSCakes. (believe us, they are DELICIOUS!

Since it is almost summer - we are now fully stocked with sandals and adorable swimsuits!  Get the sandals while they are hot! (and see below for a special coupon)

One last calendar note - May 19 is "Boutiques Give Back" Day for the Old Town Boutique District.  Our charity of choice is Kelley Cares, a foundation set up in memory of Alexandrian Kelley Swanson, who lost her life just after her high school graduation.  The foundation supports the  program for special needs children at the Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center here in Alexandria where Kelley had done a lot of volunteer work.  We will donate 20% of our sales that day to Kelley Cares. Please come in and shop with us on the 19th to support this great foundation.

We are also very excited about our new online store. It is a work in progress, but you can go to the site and see how we are trying to make it work for you!
You can now shop online at
Tell your friends!

As always, we offer a coupon to our e-mail subscribers. See below for our "Magic May" coupon!

Thank you!

- Melinda and the Monday's Child staff:  Barbara, Pat, Mary Payne, Ellen, and Alison

Our email address:  mondayschildclassics@gmail.com 

Store Hours

Monday through Saturday   
10:00am to 6:00pm

12:00pm to 5:00pm

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Website launch!

November 4, 2011 11:35:44 AM EDT

Hello everyone and welcome to our new website!  We hope that you like it and find shopping online to be a fantastic experience.  If you ever have any questions or topics you'd like us to cover on this blog, please don't hesitate to ask.  Otherwise, check back often for helpful advice, stories, and anything else we feel like letting our valued customers know about.

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