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Colouring in Pictures 1880-1890

Late C19th Victorian Children's Fashions

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Children's Costume History 1880 to 1890

Colouring in Pictures of Late Victorian C19th Children Fashions

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


Colouring in Pictures of Late Victorian Children's Costume 1880 to 1890

Late Victorian Children's Costume 1880 Late Victorian Children's Costume 1880 Colouring in Pictures of Late Victorian Children's Costume 1885
1880 1880 1885

The overskirt of moist of these dresses was made in one with the bodice.  Then a separate skirt was worn beneath that. A small bustle pad support helped hold the back skirt shape.

The bodice neckline was higher than in the 1870s and often featured a small stand neck sometimes frill trimmed.

The frilling or pleating was repeated on other parts of the dress especially on cuffs and the skirt.  Mostly sleeves were straight and slim but some styles had large balloon heads with A straight forearm.

1885 Young girl in frilled bustle dress costume drawing 1885 Girl with spinning top drawing Children 1890
1885  1885 1890

As the decade passed, young girls wore the bodice more loosely with bloused overhang.  To create contrast, structured pleated skirts were a popular look with this loose top.

All girl's hairstyles had a heavy fringe and heats varied from floppy mobcap/tam styles to small crowned wide brimmed hats

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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