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Colouring in Pictures of Late C18th Children's Fashions 1775 to 1800

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Children's Costume History 1775-1800

Colouring in Pictures of Late C18th Children Fashions


Colouring in Pictures of Late c18th Children's Costume 1775 to 1800

These costume colouring-in pictures below reflect the variety of clothes styles that girls mostly wore.  In 1800 yoked empire dresses arrived with gathers starting from armpit level. Lengths varied with long ankle length skirts for children set against the new shorter empire styles of skirt. 

Georgian girl in dress with muff 1775. 1785- Picture of girl. Georgian girls in dress 1775 to 1795
1775 1785 1775 to 1795

After the French Revolution fewer people donned exorbitantly priced silks and satins.  But for children especially they were an extravagance.  Softer more easily washable fabrics such as printed calicos, loose cottons and linens, voile and muslin and other gauzy fabrics became more usual.  Garments were designed to suit these fabrics and the gathered flowing skirt style suited the soft sprigged materials. 

Georgian children in dress 1795 Georgian children in dress 1800 - tug of war
1795 1800

Mob caps, sashes and lace fichu collars were all touches that captured the fashion elements of the era.   Hats became bonnets when a fashion started to tie them with a ribbon under the chin.  Gradually the back brim was removed and the crown pushed back so the brim made a form of circular halo for the face.

Shoes became more visible and so more interesting styles such as heelless dancing style slippers replaced square toed pumps with buckles.

I've studied costume drawings from a book I have dated 1930 and made my own simplified drawings (mainly of girls in costume) but using felt pens.  These produce a heavier outline suitable for children to colour in and keep within lines.

Children in Costume - These thumbnails enlarge when clicked and print off as an A4 image with a little room for handwriting. 

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