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Colouring in Pictures of Early C19th Children's Fashions 1840 to 1850

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Children's Costume History 1840-1850

Colouring in Pictures of Early Victorian C19th Children Fashions


These costume colouring in pictures reflect the variety of clothing girls mostly wore.  Here you can see how the trend is toward fuller skirts.

Colouring in Pictures of Early Victorian Children's Costume 1840-1850

Colouring in Pictures of Early Victorian Children's Costume 1840 Colouring in Pictures of Early Victorian Children's Costume 1840 Girls 1845
1840 1840 1845

By 1840 dresses for children were waisted again.  Plush fabrics like velvet trimmed with fur, taffeta and glace silk were all popular choices for wealthier parents.  In the early 1840s the bodice style was straight at the waistline, but watch how this element changed in a few years.  Fashionable tucks were used on both hemlines and sleeves, but edges were often trimmed with pretty hand made lace.

Girls in bonnets 1845 1850 Youngsters dancing Girls in mantles and bonnets 1850
1845 1850 1850

The skirt on the 1850 dress below was very large and needed lots of good horsehair crinoline and corded petticoat support.  The dresses these girls wore are called dresses, but are quite certainly made of two pieces.  The separate bodice coat of the small girl was waisted. It had a short peplum or basque with the newer bell sleeve that revealed a glimpse of the blouson under sleeve. Her short pantaloons were mostly covered by the skirt.

1850 - On the beach

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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