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Colouring in Pictures of Early C19th Children's Fashions 1830 to 1840

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Children's Costume History 1830-1840

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 Children's Costume 1830-1840

Girls in fashions 1830 1830 Colouring in Picture of Children's Costume 1830 Colouring in Picture of Children's Costume
1830 1830 1830

Hats began to get larger as the skirt width increased and by  1830 were of huge proportions for a small child.  As the decade progressed smaller  bonnets were worn.  Bonnets though were generally oversized and over decked with flowers and ribbons.  The only way to keep them on such active wearers was with masses of string ribbons.

Sleeves called Leg o'Mutton sleeves also increased greatly in volume.  They helped balance the skirt widths which were supported  by four or five corded heavily starched petticoats.

1830 Girls in fashionable dresses 1830 Colouring in Picture of Children's Costume 1835 Colouring in Picture of Children's Costume
1830 1830 1835

One of the most fashionable collars is the stand up pleated ruff collar a form of pelerine collar as shown in the two images left above.

1835 Toddler in cape colouring in picture. 1835 Colouring in Picture of Children's Costume
1835 1835

Gradually the fullness of the leg o'mutton sleeve subsided and a shorter tighter sleeve was more popular by the later 1830s.  although large oversized collars were abandoned they were replaced by softer garments called pelisses.

Pelisses were shawls made mostly from cashmere and as in the last example above often sported small frills or even fur trims.  By 1840 girls had longer hair and it was being centrally parted a fashion set by the young Queen Victoria.  Other fashions started by the queen were the use of tartan fabrics and tartan was used extensively in children's dress for both girls and boys.

As clothes became more voluminous capes were popular forms of mantle cover ups.

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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