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Colouring in Picture 1890 to 1900

C20th Edwardian Children's Fashions

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Children's C20th Costume History 1890 to 1900

Colouring in Picture of Children Fashions

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


Colouring in Picture of Children's Costume 1890 to 1900

Colouring in Picture of Children's Costume 1890 Colouring in Picture of Children's Costume 1895 Girl in smock dress 1895
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By 1890 girls wore the bodice more loosely settling at the low waist.  It was worn with bloused overhang atop a  structured pleated skirt.  Skirt lengths fluctuated from knee to ankle with the smallest girls wearing dresses almost to the ankle.

The children's bustle had disappeared and high waisted or high  yoked dresses became fashionable. They were often worn with coats with highwayman layers of capes at shoulder level.

Smock styles set the next 'smart' look and were made in often unsuitable fabrics like velvet in rich dark colours like bottle green, red, claret, black and ultramarine blue.

For a couple of years short hair was fashionable but long hair was soon revived.  Long hair symbolised feminine grace.

The newest bonnet style had a band and a gathered mob cap effect at the crown.

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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