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HOME DRESSMAKING. I I USEFUL KNICKERS FOR COLD I WEATHER WEAR. If the extremely cold and early winter we have already experienced is merely a fore- taste of what awaits us in the New Year we shall be lse to provide ourselves with un. usually warm underclothing, if, indeed, we have not already done so. I often heal women tsay with regard to the cold, "Oh. but you know you always feel the first cold more keenly than any that comes later," but this. I regret to say, is at bast but a half- truth, for though you may actually realise the cold more in the early winter, youi physical system actually suffers more and more from the cold as the winter advances, that is to say. that a persistent low tem- perature takes a greater toll of your health and vitality at the end of February than it I [Refer to H. D. 317.] I does in November, hence, to a certain ex. tent, the great amount of sicknesa that is always found during March and April. Now the only way to counteract cold is to clothe warmly, and to live on warm, nourishing food, hence the? very great importance of warm and suitable underclothing during the bitter winter mouths. Of all the undergarments worn by the average woman of to-day none gives greater warmth and comfort than the knickers, which are so popular among women of all ages and all clashes. These knickers, if pro- perly shaped, are as comfortable to wear as they are warm, and should be found in the wardrobe of every busy woman. They are eas-i to make, and, as they are very simple in shape, require but very little time for the making. Our sketch illustrates knickers of the very newest shape, amply wide enough for complete freedom of movement, and yet without any superfluous material. THE MATERIAL.âThese knickers may be carried out in any fairly strong material, but fabrics with a glossy surface are the most comfortable to wear as regards the over- skirt, which "slips" better over smooth sur- faces than over rough. Thus a strong, wool- backed satin is one of the best possible fabrics to use for the purpose, but, of course, it is too expensive for many people. Other suitable stuffs for the purpose are crepe de Chineâalso very expensive, serge, gabardine, woollen jersey materials, wincey, flannelette, flannel, and alpaca. In any case you will need for thi- pattern 2! yards of 40in. wide material, r its equivalent in I narrower, or wider, fabrics. THE PATTERN.âThere is only one piece in this pattern, therefore it is very easy to cut out. Before cutting out, lay the pattern against you and make any little alterations that may be necessary"; it is much easier and more satisfactory to do this in the pattern than in the cut-out garment. Remember that no turnings are allowed for in the pat- tern, therefore you. shquld leave 14in. turn- ing on the bottom, Ain. on the side seams, and jin. on the top. THE CUTTING OUT.âOpfen the material out to its full width, and fold it in half in such a way that the c'elvedges come together down each side, and the two cut edges are towards you. Then lay the pattern upon the folded material, as shown in the diagram, taking care that it is absolutely straight upon the fabric. THE MAKING.âJoin together the inner leg seams, either by French sewing, or better, in the case of thick materials, by running and felling. Next join together in the same way the searas down the centre of both front and back. Now hem up the raw edges at the knees, and thread them with elastic. Turn down the raw edge at the top of the knickers, and face the inside with a cross- way strip of material about lin. wide. Thread the slot thus made with elastic drawn just tight enough to keep the gar- ment well in place, but not so tight as tc be uncomfortable. CHILDREN'S PARTY FROCKS. I Have you seen the party frocks shown for children's wear this Christmas? The majority are absolutely charming, so simple yet so dainty, and so delightiul in colouring. These little frocks are carried out in various materials, such as Georgette, Liberty satin, crepe de Chine, soft silk, taffetas, muslin, ninon, and voile. Liberty satin is very 7 I popular, especially for the younger childâ the fact that it washes beautifully being much in its favour. One of the prettiest frocks shown this week was carried out in this delightful stuff. This frock was a beautiful creamy white in tone, and was absolutely plain in shape, being simply a straight little "djibbeh" garment with short kimono sleeves. The neck was cut round, and was edged with narrow white fur, as ,were also the short, loose sleeves. Round the bottom of the dress came a wide band of lovely embroidery worked in tones of Chinese blue and rose, intermingled with dull gold thread. This little frock was in- tended for a child of from four to eight years. For a little girl of from two to six years there were the most fascinating little flounced frocks imaginable. One of the most tempting of these had no less than four flounces arranged one above the other. each flounce being made of the palest shell pink Georgette. Each flounce had the edge cut out in petal fashion, and was bordered bv a tiny rolled hem. which was whipped with silver thread. The bodice of this dress was of silk, in exactly the same shade of pink, was perfectly plain and semi-filling, and was I shaped to a point just below the waist.

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