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Colouring in Pictures 1900-1910

C20th Edwardian Fashions for Girls

By Pauline Weston Thomas for


Children's Costume History 1900 to 1910

Colouring in Pictures of Edwardian C20th Children Fashions

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


C20th Colouring in Pictures of Edwardian Children's Costume 1900 to 1910

Girls 1900 1905 Children's costume Girl's clothing 1905
1900 1905 1905

Styles for Edwardian girls at the start of the century look remarkably like those of 1800. 

Pale cream, white, ivory, and softer daintier lighter fabrics take over from the heavy plush and thick materials popular in the 1890s.  Voile silk and dotted Swiss muslin were used for the main dress.

Self coloured embroidery on the main fabric was complimented by pastel toned and sugar almond coloured sashes.  Sashes of lemon, pale mauve, pink and aquamarine all created look so familiar to us from a 100 years before.

Short sleeves began to be seen on small girl's dresses.  Frills and deep embroidered hemlines, cape collars or yokes gave opportunity for decorated areas.  For outdoor wear girls often wore straw boater hats.

1910 Children's costume 1910 School dress 1910 Clothing for young girls
1910 1910 1910

From 1910 older girls were wearing softer colours and only small girls wore whites or creams.   The younger children often wore styles following yoked smocks, but older girls wore their sashes at waist level. 

By contrast after 1910 streamlined pleated navy gym tunics (centre image), drill dresses or sailor looks became the fashion for schoolgirls of the day.

Very large cape collars were worn over coloured slips.  Sleeves were fuller at the wrist than they had been since the crinoline era and sometimes the fullness was gathered into a deep 5 inch cuff or was elasticated as a frill.

Bows were used to lift the hair and keep it organised into a centre parting.  Coloured ribbons of all types were sometimes arranged with elastic to create coiffure effects. 

Three quarter length socks almost reached to the knee.

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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