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THE WOMAN'S WORLD. I Tms shirt blouse is truly a boon. We prefer (says a writer in the LzåieI',pome) unlined washing shirts for the sake Qf the laundries, and yet transparent shirts, cannot be worn merely over the petticoat bodice. I advised, therefore, last year, the making of a boned slip bodice, in batiste, saieen, or silk,; on to which the transparent shirt could be tacked. But the scheme has been improved upon by the shirt blouse. This is a fitted lining buttoning down the front. Then there is the usual loose shirt, which is joined to the lining at the neck band and armholes only. The lined sleeve (lining of the same shape or smaller) is mounted in the usual way. IT certainly looks odd to see a coloured piping on slippers, but the newest ones have a cord between the sole *nd upper jpart and threaded through the buckles, Just the shade of the house gown. Some of the heavier and higher shoes are decorated in the same way, but they will not appeal to the prac- tical girl A HEW design for a librae pillow is wonderfully effective:. It has a fleur de lis in a splendid shade of red connected with curves and lines of the same hue worked on dark blue denim. Two ruffles, very full at the corners, finish it-one of red, the other- nSurrower of dark blue. problem of what to do with your old veils has at last (says the Star) been solvent. Scores of women in the past have looked disappointedly at the quantity of veiling in their possession, conscious that it was past wearing in the ordinary way, and not see- ing what further use could possibly be made of it. But now it is the order of the day to waste nothing, land women clever with their needles and of artistic proclivities, have found a place for veils once cast aside. GIVKJT the know how," you can do almost any- thing in the way of decoration with a bit of a veil. Hats can be trimmed with it, and a veil draped cleverly on a hat makes without question an extra- ordinarily pretty effect. A hat adorned with a veil, besides, needs httle other ornament. Another use for old veils is ruming the bottoms of petticoats with them. This requires some skill, and the ruffling must be done daintily, but it is a famous effect for a petticoat.; Again, the front of ball-frocks can be decked with these, and rumes for the wrists of dresses are quite possible. Some girls make collarettes of their old veils, and yet others entire sleeves. A number of veils of the same sort make capital sleeves -sleeves of a generally fluffy and seductive effect. ORNAMENTS for the hair are much in vogue just now, and here is where the old veil comes in the most aptly. Cboux is the name the French give to the con- fections of hair dressing that every woman is enthu- siastic over just now, and a veil is as perfect raw material for one of these choux as could well be imagined. The puffed-up dantiness of these gives them their charm. They are worn in puffs or in bows, with ribbon aigrettes, and a great variety of styles is possible. This is the very latest fashion of the spring- time. r IF one is fortunate enough to own any of the Italian veils of white, it should be remembered that these are the most modish possible to deal with, and are the most fashionable to make over in any of the ways described. There is yet another use for old veils. They come into play finely in making work- bags. The foundation of these work-bags is of silk, over which the veiling is draped. Only coarse veil- ing should lio, used for this purpose. TIIJI newest covering for the arms is the mitten. This is very new; in fact, it may be spoken of as coming, hardly come as yet. It should be of lace. reaching right up the arm to within a couple of inches of tne shoulder strap, to which it is con- nected by a piece of jewelled ribbon. Dear mittenl somehow suggestive of quaint, old-world days, when things were less artificial and unreal than now, when our grandmothers' principles were as upright as their high-backed chairs. We can imagine them going out to tea, equipped with a mitten, on a long talk intent: we can picture them wearing the mitten when hey sailed into the garden to clip the roses, perhaps attended by our grandfathers. It was very pretty, not concealing a white arm as a glove, wonld, And allowftig full-display of sparkling rings. EVKBY house before it is furnished is alike in a general way. All have walls, doors, windows, ceilings, and floors. It is the decoration that makes your home unique and noticeable for its charm and cha- racter. Any olever woman can obtain this without professional assistance by simply constantly observ- ing the best and newest in the nouses of her frieods, or in an artistic decorator's shop, and then utilising the knowledge. Home-makers will find almost an unlimited field for their talent for decorative effects in the new spring draperies.^ Bright new beauties are here in plain or printid, denims; printed burlaps in heavy Oriental effects, for wall hangings or coverings, new tickings,, and cretonnes their bright colours absolutely fast in remarkably handsome effects, and glazen chintzes for wall covering, curtains, or slip coverings. Each will brighten and beautify, no matter for what purpose it is used. COTTOS-PBINTBD portieres with a border of turkey red or blue are novelties designed to replace during the warm weather the heavy, warm-looking winter ones. Nothing furnishes like drapery, and when the heavy hangings are removed one misses them so much, and such a bare look is given, while pretty substitutes that do not exclude air are hailed with ac- clamation. Those mentioned are very suitable. Dainrifail in the first place (says a lady writing in the Sun) to make a clear and comprehensive esti- mate, keeping it well within the limits of the sum you have to spend on fufntshing. It is advisable to allow an adequate amount for each room separately, as by this means you can see more clearly how your money is being spent. DON'T be penny-wise and peond-foolish. There- fore always give the preference to shops of known probity, whose goods-can be relied on for durability and all-round excellence. DON'T forget that it is extremely economical to buy as many carpets as possible of the same pattern. Consequently, when, in the distant future, they wear out, it is easy enough, by removing the threadbare parts and judiciously joining the remainder, to turn two carpets into one. DON'T purchase, on the impulse of the moment, anything that happens to take your fancy, thinking ,g that it will come in useful In nine cases out of ten these impulsive purchases are regretted when too late. —— DON'T, if you elect to make your curtains at home, buy them without taking the needful measurements beforehand. Be very accurate in this matter, re- membering to allow sufficient material for the hem and top turnings in. DON'T be of the opinion that anything will do for the servants' room. Those who serve you deserve to be made as comfortable as your circumstances permit, and will much appreciate the kindness if you provide a few niceties for their room as well as for your own. ..f DON'T buy china of an uncommon design, which you would find difficult to match when broken. Plain white ware is to be recommended for ordinary use, as it is easily replaced as occasion requires. DON'T try to do too much at once. No matter it ybur rooms are a trifle bare at first; as time goes on you will pick up any amount of pretty things. The intense homeliness of certain rooms with which we fall in love directly we enter them was not attained all at once, by any means. DON'T, if you cannot afford a good piano, be deluded into buying one of those inferior instrii- mentsmade to sell, and not to last. Put by the money you would have otherwise spent in this way to form a nest-egg, to which you can add by degrees the amount necessary to buy a piano which it will be a pleasure to possess. DOK'T fail to provide an easy chair, small table, and hanging bookcase for each bedroom. The cost of these articles is nothing compared to the comfort and convenience to be daily derived from their use. 4


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