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Colouring in Pictures of Early C19th Children's Fashions 1850 to 1860

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Children's Costume History 1850 to 1860

Colouring in Pictures of Early Victorian C19th Children Fashions

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


Colouring in Pictures of Victorian Children's Costume 1850 to 1860

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The bigger hat of the early 1850s balanced the wider fuller skirts that were very large.  Poke bonnets were soon ousted in favour of these large wheel hats of leghorn straw worn far back on the head. They were held on with ribbons at the chin.  Girl's hairstyles changed too and side plait coils held at ear level were often trimmed with imitation flowers.  Toward the decade end hats got smaller.

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Most children's sleeves of 1855 were the new bell shape.  Muffs were popular and so were fur trims, tucks, and frills.  By late decade the girl's crinoline was very large even for small girls and often had an extra bunched up skirt like the end image.

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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