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THE WOMAN'S WORLD. A new sacque-shaped driving coat, described by e fs&irfCft writer in the London Standard, is made it fine khaki-coloured cloth, and is very elaboratelj stitched to imitate a double coat, the upper pait being vandyked, and falling over the rows and rows 01 horizontal stitching; the collar and cuffs have th< same double effect, which is quite original. Largt bone or buttons are used to fastei the garment, which losks very neat and workman- like. A many seamed black coat, which fits the figun beautifully, has each seam braided with three lines o) narrow fiat silk braid, one on the seam itself, and oni each side. The effect is remarkably good, and th. little coat has a cachet all its own. It is lined witt black and white silk, and fastens almost invisibly as there are no buttons. The collar is cut high, aad apparently in one, with the coat, as the seami run up into it in some mysterious manner In materials, khaki is being employed more than any other fabric, not only for our soldiers' uniforms, but for ladies' dress. One illustration has already been given of its use; but stuffs khaki-coloured are very different from the real fabric, which is coarse and strong, but by no means fitted for dress purposes; unless for very rough work or for cycling. It is far from becoming, though, and it is to be hoped that the rumours we hear—that it is to be the fashion this year—have no truth in them, and we shall not be doomed to see this dull dust-brown colour on all sides. There are some beautiful fabrics recently introduced with satin, or silk grounds worked with applique, which contrasts well with the ground- ing, this being still further enriched with scroll work in tambour stitching. Another novelty is mousseline Duchesse, which is beautifully soft and in the most charming shades. Poplin is having quite a revival, and what is called armuré epinette, a firm-textured silk, which is very suitable for wear. The almost invisibly striped satin raye has many admirers, as have the latest eoliennes, which are a mixture of wool and silk with a dash of finely woven rep, which gives extra strength. These are in all sorts of shades, and in stripes, spots, and checks, with floral and brocade effects. A new kind of silk is peau de gant. which has wonderful wearing properties, and makes up especialy well with fur. CRAPE has undergone many changes of late yeard. The kind most used at present is coarse in crimp, and wears much better than the fine sort of some years ago it is more transparent also, and lighter in effect. Crapeline, which is all wool, is a good wear- ing material, as is crepe cloth, really one of the most useful of all the mourning fabrics. Henrietta cloth and Paramatta are still much used. Crepe de Chine and chiffon are well worn of the lighter kinds of material, and fleur de suede, which is a novelty, very soft and at the same time strong, having the firmness of the suede leather combined with the lightness of the chiffon. Black silk muslin and crepon may also be mentioned as useful, and the improved make of the latter, which is not unlike algerienne, can be specially recommended. THERE is (observes the Sun) no very marked changfe in the style of dressing the hair; it is still worn turned, up from the nape of the neck, and, prettily waved, shows a becoming fulness at the back. In front the Pompadour roll should now be broken at the side; in fact, the newest way of arranging the front hair is to draw the waved piece from one side just across the forehead in a broken wave, and scarcely any fringe should be visible; the hair is puffed out at the sides, and the long ends are twisted up into knots on the top of the head. A little chain knot is the smartest, and in some instances this is arranged below the level of the top, so that it is not seen from the front (says the World). Although so much admired, constantly waving the hair in time quite ruins it; therefore some women are occasion- ally wearing "transformation" coiffures to give their own ill-used locks a much-needed rest. IT is a curious fact that of late years in England there seems to have sprung up, in the homes more especially cf the middle and the lower middle classes, a wonderful affection for cut (lowers, and & real appreciittion of their beauty. Some or nine years a»o, one never saw in the streets those big baskets and barrows loaded with flowers which are to be found daily nowadays in Oxford-street and in Westbourne-grove (to name only two localities out of many) even t.8 early in the season as the lastdays of January. Round the Shaftesbury drinking fountain at Piccadilly-eirciis, and even in St. Paul'S- churchyard, in the heart of the City, you may find at the present moment, not only the ordinary violets at ld. a bunch, and quantities of lilies of the valley, but. also the most beautiful cream-coloured roses on long stems from Nice, big bunches of white narcissus, fragrant jonquils of the deepest goldeh yellow, and here and there some pale daffodils, grown probably in the Sciily Isles, and branches of feathery mimosa, which must have come from the shores of the Mediterranean. It matters but little tio us, though, whence they come. They are here now, at our very doors, these beautiful powers, breathing of the lIpritiule. and for a few pence you can often buy enough to fill two or three vases, and so bring beauty and brightness where, bat for such flowers as these, the Surroundings would be dull and common- place. No mother of a family (says a correspondent of the Evening ISews) should be without a sewing machine, for it is not only a vast saving of labour, but it will enable her to do a great deal of her work far more neatly than she could do it by hand. In saying this I do not mean todisparage hand-sewing; but for dress- making Iregard a machineaspractieally indispensable. To have a sewing machnie in good order, great care is necessary to keep it thoroughly clean. If it is little used, and allowed to remain uncovered, it will soon become clogged with dirt, and will not only run heavily, but will wcrk badly. If this should happen, fill the oilcan with kerosene or paraffin, and let a few drops of dt fall on every part of the machine where there is friction; Then turn the handle, or work the treadle for a few minutes, after that you can wipe off the oil, which will have done its work of cleansing. Paraffin or kerosene contain too much spirit to be used for lubricating the machine, for they heat the metal and cause it to wear, so when- ever you have occasion to use it for cleaning you should afterwards wipe it away with a soft cloth, and then apply the best machine-oil. Take care only to.. oil the machine in parts where there is friction, and carefully remove any superfluous oil, or you will soil your work; Every day that the machine is used tt should be dusted, and every two or, three days a little oil should be applied. Some people think this is a waste of time, but from personal experience I know that the minute or two spent in oiling and cleaning a machine are well paid in the quality of the work produced and the ease and rapidity with which it is done.. ■ t A KIMONO is a sort of Japanese lounging-robe, made in an exceeding lopseand flowing style, and the garment herein described is an English edition of it, modified slightly, to make it more generally useful, which appeared in a recent fashion magazine. To fashion it) take' two pieces of some pretty cotton material that is at leiast a yard wide (crape cloth is good) having first cut them about 10 inches longer than the distance measured from your neck to the floor, and make a round hole four inches in diameter in the middle of each piece about four inches from its end this is to be the armhole. A gore as large as seems necessary should then be added to each piece, and the resulting diagonal edges stitched together to form the back seam, while the opposite or front eaies: are neatly closed up to near the waist-line, and from there left open to the neck. The neck itself should be gathered with more fulness at the back and front than at the shoulder, and then bound, with wide lace or embroi- dery being sewed in to form a collar and jabot. FaT the sleeves a shirt waist sleeve is the best guide, at i has but one seam; they may be shaped precisely like it at the top" but allowed to hang straight to the wrists instead of having the fulness gathered into and then faced and turned back, which gives a Japanese look to the gown. Its owner ought to ask someone else to turn up the hem around the bottom while she stands properly belted, and it it complete. Worn with the belt while she is visible, and without one when she wishes to lounge in soli- tude, she will find this simple production of her ha.1ds exceedingly satisfactory. THERE is nothing very novel, the uninitiated may think, about perfumed beds, fop everyone knows how good housewives have for a generation prided them- selves on their napery, and that one of their special little fads was to place lavender bags among the sheets in order to add a little to the luxury of the sleeper. But when perfumed beds are spoken of nowadays something is contemplated which was unknown to the old-time housewife, lays Woman's Life. Now between the mattress and the sheet there is laid a scented pad- a thin quilted affair, which has one layer of cotton freely sprinkled with the favourite sachet powder-— which causes the whole bed to smell deliciously of roses, violets, or whatever may be the chosen per- fume. Pillows are also opened and sachet powder is sprinkled among the feathers. Orris makes a charm- ing perfume resembling violets, and there are some people who like that of the pine, which is easily ob- tained by gathering the aeedles from the trees in summer, and laying them flat in little sacks, which II are inserted in both pads and pillows.

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