Colouring in Pictures of Early C19th Children's Fashions 1840 to 1850
By Pauline Weston Thomas for Fashion-Era.com
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
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
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.
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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