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Colouring in Pictures 1860-1870

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Children's Costume History 1860-1870

Colouring in Pictures of Mid Victorian C19th Children Fashions

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


Colouring in Pictures of Mid Victorian Children's Costume 1860-1870

Colouring in Pictures of Mid Victorian Children's Costume 1860  Mid Victorian Children's Costume 1865 Girl in costume 1865
1860 1865 1865

By late decade the crinoline was very large and often had an extra bunched up skirt like the first image.  The skirt became a complete dome reaching huge proportions by the mid 1860s. Skirts were trimmed heavily with rows and rows of braiding.    The skirt fullness began to move toward the skirt back.

The bell sleeves developed a deep cuff and later became straighter and narrower appearing more close fitting. Little girls often wore puffed short sleeves.

Easy cover ups included hooded capes. Bodices frequently follow the Garibaldi fashion with a little bunching at the waist.

Importantly pantaloons went right out of fashion and the latest underwear for fashionable girls was a small cage crinoline.

Three young girls in fashions of 1870 Toddler in dress of 1870 Group of children in 1870
1870 1870 1870

The hats were also scaled down and pork pie styles were trimmed with feathers.    Hats became much smaller, boaters or cap like tams. Longer hair was often dressed with snood nets before 1865, but after that the chenille netting used disappeared.

Hairstyles changed to hair brushed back off the face and held in place with a velvet ribbon in true Alice style.  Fringes adorned the heads of late 1860s children.

The skirts began to move toward the garment back as seen in the last image with apron effect.

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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