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L FASHION NOTES. 1

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L FASHION NOTES. 1 [BT MESSRS. BEN EVANS AND CO., LIMITED, SWANSEA. ) Bright skies demand gay clothes, and so the dressmakers are now besieged with orders for dainty toilettes by all those women who have postponed to the last minute the selection of new gowns, and permitted the idle days of storm and shower to become lost opportunities for leisurely deciding how they shall be clad in the days of summer sunshine. This year (owing to the period of national mourning) the fashions were not so early on view, hut came, as it were. with a rush. Nearly evervbody seems to have simultaneously arrived at the fact that new gowns and hats are immediate necessities. Grey, of course, is a very favourite colour, and some very smart toilettes are trimmed with lace incrustations, while on one gown more than one shade of lace is often used as a trimming—a rather unusual and certainly novel idea. There is a very pretty example of up to-date and fashionable grey gown on show, which, both in the bodice and skirt, is alaborately tucked, while Maltese lace is liberally appliqued with excellent effect. A little touch of Parisian taste is shown in the small hut ornate gold buttons, which apparently fasten the front of the pouched bodice, l'be sleeves likewise are tucked, and finished at the wrists in a puff with lace applique. The materidl employed in the construction of I this charrriDg gown is an almost transparent grey canvas cloth over silk of the same tone. The matter of expense must be taken into considera- tion by the would-be possessor of such a dress, as the amount of tiny tucks required adds materially to the cost thereof. Both on foulards and light cloth gowns, black and white lace in- crustations are used both separately and together with the mate ial cut awav behind to show thA I lining underneath. If the home dressmaker should contemplate undertaking such a task her- self, it is wise to remember to choose a lace which breaks up well and easily into separate sprays. a floral pattern being best for such a pur- pose. Cutting away the material beneath requires the greatest care, and a very sharp pair of embroidery scissors should be usod. It is, of course, easier to me. elv applique the lace to the material with fine sewing silk without after- wards cutting out the back, and then it looks nearly as pretty as the other style, though less effective, as it does rot admit of a contrasting lining showing through the lace. Bl<m-es seem to arow prettier everyday, and to become more and more highly appreciated as one of the most useful articles of the dress. Those on show are particularly original in design and exceedingly elegant in wear. One especially is expressed in rose pink chine silk, and the upper part, where it terminates over a swathed and pouched front, is trimmed with cream lace applique interthreaded with black velvet ribbon. Tne saTie trimming appears at the wrist. The lowpr portion of the front is cunningly draped to simulate a pouched front over a swathed band,but is really cut in one. Naturally tuoks once again play a not unimportant part in its creation," as where can one find a smart garment of any nature which is not tuoked more or less profusely ? Lace also is omnipresent on everything, and lace gowns are still considered smart for dre-sy occasions, though their charm as a novelty is included in the annals of several seasons past. The lace bolero is destined to be much worn this sen son, as its uses in smartening up a plain tl ilette or blouse are unanimously acknowledged. The girl whose clever fingers manufacture the thousand and one little accessories of dress at home, should set about without further delay to fashion a bolero of either guipure or Irish lace, as it requires little skill and a comparatively slight knowledge of dressmaking. The bolero should be cut to reach a short distance below the bust, and should nearly—but not quite-meet in front, while the neck is cut out to come a little below the collarband. The handsomeness of appearance can be added to by tracing the pattern of the lace in gold or silver thread or fine cord.

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