Colouring in Pictures of Early C19th Children's Fashions 1830 to 1840
By Pauline Weston Thomas for Fashion-Era.com
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
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.
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.
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 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
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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