These costume colouring in pictures reflect the variety of clothes
styles girls mostly wore.
Colouring in Picture of Children's Costume 1890 to
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
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
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
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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