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I LADIES' COLUMN. THE FASHIONS; The modee for the beginning of the intermediate season are rich in novelties, and differ in some re- spects very materially from those still existing, and to which we have for some time been accustomed. The sombre colours of winter materials are giving place to some slight extent to the curious mixtures and con- trasts found in Scotch plaid there are plaid patterns in dress fabrics of all kinds, in stockings, toques, &c., the eccentricity and variety in colours- appear- ing more marked when contrasted with the purity and simplicity ofouthne displayed in robee made of one or other of these tissues, many of which are in blue and red chequers, with threads of deep red or old gold colour. These tartan costumes consist of an untrained skirt and long polonaise, or of a Princess robe, with long cor- sage front, draped along with the tablier in the side seams, the trimming, simple pleated ruches, bordered with pipings of faille, assorted to the brightest colour of the tartan. In cutting a robe of one or other of these chequered fabrics, there should be aa few seams as possible, one in the middle of the back and one under each arm being sufficient. It may be as well also to add that as chequers give an ap- appearance of increased size, those who aim at the opposite effect will do well to avoid this fashion. Plaid stockings are at present reserved for children, and when worn, the costume must to some extent or in some particular harmonise with them; for instance, if the dress is not itself of plaid pattern, a bow of ribbon or sash is worn matching to the stockings as nearly as possible. Dresses of cloth at present affect a pecu- liarity of cut somewhat resembling that of a riding habit. The favourite model consists of a trained skirt, pleated at the back; the front and sides are quite plain at the upper part, whilst towards the lower edge they are draped in several folds, fastened in the centre under a bow of faille. The corsage has cuirasse fronts, with Directoirerevers, and postillion basque; small nickel silver buttona fasten the frout, and ornament the basque and the sleeves, which are quite plain. The lower edge of the skirt is finished with several rows of stitching. Another cloth dress is of the Moyen age style, being made in Princess form, with interlacing cords; when this is made with an open square at the neck, and an aumoniere sus- pended from the waist with cord and tassels, it is similar to the dress of Marguerite in Faust." While on the subject of cloth dresses we may mention a few alterations in the form of riding habits. One is that the skirt is made rather more closely fitting to the figure than formerly, and the fulness put into a few close flat pleats at the back. The corsage has a short basque all round, ending in a flat postillion basque at the back the neck has a straight collar, and the sleeves are made quite tight to the arm. Tbe trousers are of the same material as the habit, and are made long. The favourite colours for habits are very dark navy blue, bottle green, or black. The hat is still the black beaver, with short net veil, no eccentricities of fancy or displays of individual taste being admissible in this sombre but graceful and becoming attire. Many of the new Princess robes are ornamented on the added train with narrow gathered flounces, from two to three or four inches in width. The smallest number of these on a train is nine, and occasionally there are as many 88 twenty. The upper edge of each is gathered, and thelower frayed out, or bordered with a narrow moss fringe or lace. The effect is one of great beauty, when, as in many cases, another material is employed for the train and its garnitures, such as taffetas, which, from its light texture, is so admirably suited for this style of trimming.—Myra's Journal ef Dreø, and Fashion.


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