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Colouring in Pictures of Early C19th Children's Fashions 1820 to 1830

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Children's Costume History Regency 1820-1830 Colouring in Pictures of Early C19th Children Fashions

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


Colouring in Pictures of Late Regency Children's Costume 1820-1830

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Skirts started to get much shorter and fuller and more heavily decorated with tucks, braiding and pleated trims.  Girls all wore pinafores and smocks to cover up and keep their dresses clean.

Even the poor followed the fashion for pantaloons and used a simpler leg covering of white linen or cotton frilled tubes which were called pantelettes.  The visibility of these items actually became a fashion and pantaloons were designed to match the main frock.

Other undergarments meant to be seen included drawers with attachment legs for easy laundering and to accommodate lengthening.

Flimsier fabrics were replaced by heavier materials and in deeper colours than the whites, ivories and pastels that had been so usual. The sturdier fabrics enabled sleeves to be made with greater fullness and was the start of the gigot leg o'mutton sleeve to come.

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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