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Colouring in Pictures of Early C19th Children's Fashions 1800 to 1810

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Children's Costume History 1800 to 1810

Colouring in Pictures of Early C19th Children Fashions

These costume colouring-in pictures reflect the variety of clothes styles that girls mostly wore.


Colouring in Pictures Children's Dress 1800-1810

Girl in costume 1805 Girl in coat of1805 Girls in costume 1805
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The empire line styles of dress established themselves firmly in 1800.  The dress was loose and often had a frill collar or frill trim on the sleeve edge.  Such frills were ironed with a special goffering machine or goffer tongs.

An interesting collar ruffle trim, cape collar or sleeve helped make similar styling look more individual.  The puffed repeat sleeves in the middle picture below dated 1810 are called mameluke sleeves.

Fashion for girls 1810 Mameluke Sleeves 1810 Girl in dress 1810
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After 1803 modesty meant that some girls began to wear long full length pantaloons beneath these skirts so that onlookers saw glimpses of lace white frill peeping beneath hemlines.  This was underwear meant to be seen.  But it was some years before it became a general fashion. 

In the early 1800s as soon as they were running around, girls wore dresses of muslin, dotted Swiss, white percale and lawn.  The dress was drawn together with a ribbon or sash just beneath the chest. 

Fashion for girls 18101810

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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