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LADIES' COLUMN

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LADIES' COLUMN THE FASHIONS. A walking costume, says a writer in the English' woman's Domestic Magazine, for very cold weather, is of seal-coloured vigogne cloth, trimmed with deep bands of sealskin fur, sprinkled with tiny tips of pea- cock's feathers. The skirt of faille vigogne cloth is trimmed round with one such band and with a fluting of seal coloured faille. The front part forms a draped tablier, with similar trimming. Long paletot and waistcoat of the vigogne cloth, bordered with the same sealskin fur and tips of peacock's feathers dolman sleeves trimmed to correspond, and tight undersleeves with sealskin fur cuffs. The tiny muff is of cloth to match the dress, lined with quilted seal- cnloured faille, and edged on either side with a band of sealskin fur and peacock's feathers. The bonnet is a tiny capote of sealskin, lined with pale pink satin. It is trimmed with a soft border of the tips of pea- cock's feathers overlapping one another, and with an aigrette of pink flamingo's feathers. The strings are of double-faced pale pink and seal-coloured satin. Another walking costume is of wool and silk neigeuse in mixed shades of myrtle and moss green, tilleul, and wood colour. The skirt, with semi-train of myrtle- green faille, is finished with a deep pleated flounce with double heading. The front part of the skirt is of the wool and silk neisreuse, with similar flounce. A scarf of the fancy neigeuse is drapei and croseed at the side, its lapels losing themselves in the folds of the train. This scarf is edged with hop-blossom silk and chenille fringe, of all the colours of the neigeuse. The short costumes are making their way into favour slowly, but surely; Hihe comfort of them is great after the fatigue and trouble of trains. The materials used for them are ladiea* cloth, basket and twilled cloths, camel's hair, and serge. Self-colonrs, as blue, grey, brown and green, are preferred. The skirt is generally kilt-plaited, and, if the wearer's figure is not Blender, it is mounted on a deep band, fitted plainly round the hips, and lined with strong sileaia. The kilting is sewn to the edge, and descends in straight plaits to the ankle, where it is turned up, and hemmed with blind stiches. These long plaits are about two inches wide, and are folded to touch each other at the edge. They are pressed flatly, and are held in place with two rows of tape; the lower row the height of the knee, and the upper one between that and the band. Above this is a short apron falling below the band, so as to con ceal it, and terminating in two long-plaited ends that fall straight from the back of the belt. This band and overskirt are patronised by stout figures; with the slender ones the kilt-plaitirig commences at the belt, and a plaited scarf or Bash is tied round the figure immediately below the hips. This scarf-like sash ia of the same material as the drese, trimmed and ornamented with rows of machine stitching on the hem; it is folded and knotted either at the back or on the left side. The bodice is plaited, has a square yoke and deep collar; the sleeves are narrow and un- trimmed; a jacket,; lined with silk and with an inter- lining of flannel, is added for outdoor wear. Grey costumes are now trimmed with chinchilla bands; the bonnet worn with them is grey felt, with a coronet of chinchilla fur in front; the crown terminates with a how composed of six loops of grey satin ribbon, and grey satin strings are tied in a long-looped bow below the right ear; a slender grey wing on the lett aide of the crown.—Queen.

USEFUL HINTS.""

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