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 1870
The invention of aniline dyes meant that
garish colours were used on children's clothing. Puce,
plum, scarlet red and navy were all strong colours of the
era. Corded petticoats were used to support dresses
which began to show soft bustle/polonaise element as the skirt
was bunched up.
Girl's hairstyles of the 1870s all
sported the fringe.
Another popular mass invention was the sewing machine and
this enabled garments to be even more profusely decorated
with extra frills and pleats or other weighty trimmings.
Braids and buttons were used equally lavishly, but the high
bodices were almost always collarless. Almost all
dresses were finished with a large sash ending in a fulsome
Long cloaks were reduced in length to a much
shorter cape and often they were of fur or tartan checks.
Fur muffs were an essential accessory for the well groomed
child of the 1870s.
The tiny hats were saucer sized and were
perched atop the head until the mid 1870s when they began to
get larger again. Sleeves remained straight, but
often had large cuffs or deep cuffs heavily decorated with
buttons and braids. By 1880 a favourite form of dress
for girls was the kilted skirt and hip length bodice over
tied with a deep sash.
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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