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THE WOMAN'S WORLD. UNLESS one's purse or one's credit (says" Janet," ia the Evening News) is very long, it is quite hopeless to sigh after the exquisite wraps that more fortunate women don when they go out in the evening, creations of silk and lace and fur that would take our dress allowance for the next ten or twelve years even to approach. But girls must have a wrap of some kind, and of course they want to look nice. So the prettiest thing to make is a shoulder cape of grey cashmere, lined with cheap silk of a pale pink or yellow shade. Make a collar, covered with piece lace and just a ribbon bow, with long ends at the neck, and fasten with hooks and eyes. In this you can defy criticism. IF want always to look well even on a very minute income, your best frock should always be a well-msde blue serge coat and skirt. With cuffs and collar of silk, and a dainty shirt-front of lace or silk, you look well enough to go to the biggest reception, wedding or musical; and any girl who. is at all clever with her fingers can add a little braiding to the cuffs and collar to make them look smarter, and, if these are made so as to be detachable, she can put on more simple ones for less grand occasions. ); To! improve carpets, rub them with the inside of a damp loofah after sweeping. RiNSiNa milky glasses in cold water before washing in warm water prevents them from being smeary. To mate baked potatoes floury, prick thorn all ever with a fork before putting them in the oven. WHEN cooking beet, drain off the water imme- diately when done, pour on cold water till cool before peeling; it will be a much nicer flavour when pickled. WHEN eatting tomatoes in slices, put them for a few minute* into boiling water: they will then peel easily and cut without waste, and in no way spoil the flavour. To clean white-handled knives, take equal parts of salt and letuon-juice, rub on with a soft piece of clean rag, and the stains will rapidly disappear. Polish with soft leather. QVITE the moat correct crawling-rug of the moment in the nursery is a white flannel blanket, which is worked with a border of odd figures and ouaint animals, letters, and landscapes, which are copied from the family's ancestral sampler, worked by a iong-ago dead relation. Nothing is prettier or quainter than these rugs, and they are what a baby's soul rejoices greatly in. Other delightful nursery novelties are musical reins and whip, in knitted wools of various artistic shades, and the bells of silver or brass. Prince Edward of York is the happy posses- sor of some of these musical reins, and is said to delight in them greatly. SOME of the most attractive of the newest fancy work that has been seen this season is that done on satin and fine glazed linen, with iridescent spangles. It is novel, pretty, and quite new. The designs are taken from old horn-books of two centuries ago, and are those of quaint, weird animals, impossible birds, and every variety of dragon and insect. These are worked in the spangles and with silks, and make most fascinating banner-screens, book and portfolio covers. Another new idea for a book-cover is to work on heavy white corded silk a strawberry plant, root, blossom, and fruit, with the leaves and in the left-hand corner at the top to work your friend's motto, crest, or monogram. IT is often said that if you put a thing away for seven years and bring it out again at the end of that time you will find it in fashion. At any rate, if it is not in the fashion, then put it away again, and bring it out in another seven years. This is certainly the case with fringe, which undoubtedly is one of our most popular trimmings at the present time, and those who put it away seven years or more ago will be glad to bring it out again for use now. Fashion- able overskirts edged with fringe are exceedingly graceful. If it has become discoloured by being put away, have it dyed, when it will 10:lk like new. THE fashionable fur of the moment is white fox. This is made into muffs and boas, the whole skin being used in either case. For a boa the head, tail, and feet are left on. A boa made in this way is both warm and becoming. The muffs are somewhat of the granny type, made entirely of the fur with the head appearing in the centre. On one side the tail hangs down, and on the other the feet are seen. These furs are also made of the natural fox, some of the American fur being extremely handsome in its natural colouring, but also. I may add (observes Janet," in the Evening News), very expensive. FURS are always largely worn during the winter, and it is wise to overhaul our belongings in the way of furs. Even small pieces are of great value in bringing a garment to a fashionable shape. CHKISTMAS being almost upon us again, it seems a fitting time, says a lady writer in a contemporary, for any suggestions in fancy work suitable for pre- sents. Crochet is much in demand,, and the newer patterns are more varied and show greater inventive skill than those of our grandmothers. The articles which lend themselves to decoration by crochet work are too numerous to mention but in recent wedding-gift "showl" we have noticed some handsome designs. One of the most effective and probably the least expensive amongst worked gifts was a set of Duchess toilet mats in Russian scroll design. The mats proper were stripes of the croched worked in ecru-tinted cotton about six inches broad. These were mounted on a pretty terra-cotta silk with frills all round—two and a half inches wide for the Duches8" and two inches and one and a half for the smaller mats respec- tively. The ecru tint goes well with almost any shade of silk, and is much more effective than pure white or even cream. There will be endless wear in those mats they looked rich and handsome, and cost only a few shillings. YELLOW is the Imperial Chinese colour. It is also the colour of jealousy, and perhaps on that account used to be much neglected. Yet it is an extremely decorative, artistic, and becoming colour, says the Graphic, as everyone may see who notes Mrs. Patrick Campbell's dresses in The Canary." She looks charming in a handsome yellow silk dress with graduated fringe trimming, and a deep silver belt, wherein a knot of rose-coloured velvet was cunningly tucked away. An enormous white hat and feathers completed the startling walking costume, which would look remarkably well at a garden party. The house dress Mrs. Campbell wears in the first act is a delicious confection of clinging yellow crape de chine, with a train of orange panne, garnished with silver embroidery. I A SLICE of freshly-cut lemon may be used with ad- vantage for a greasy skin. Let it dry on, and then wash it off with tepid water first, and then cold, and tap the skin gently with the tips of the fingers. For a dry skin you can rub in vaseline or oil of cacao, or the following ointment, which you can make at home: Fresh cucumber-juice, loi.; and fresh milk, 3oz. Boil, skim, and use. This will, of course, re- quire to be made fresh every day or two. How often have we heard the fashion of wearing earrings described aa barbarous. People wonder why women should bore holes in their flesh for the plea- sure of wearing an ornament. For a long time ear- rings have not been fashionable; now they are to the fore again, and the large gipsy earrings are most in vogue. Many people at the present time are wearing earrings who would scorn to have their ears pierced for the purpose, but many of the modern earrings are fixed to the lobe of the ear by means of a tiny screw, too small to be noticed, yet enabling one to dispense with the painful and barbarous custom of piercing the ear. AT a matinee this week I saw (says Christabel," a Parisian correspondent of Truth) a handsome gown that is a good example of the present style. It was of lavender cloth, embroidered with spangles and white beads J; the skirt, made with a wide pleat at the back, was bordered with sable at the foot. The bodice was tight-fighting, with points in front and at the back, and buttoned on the left side with crystal buttons. The front was embroidered like the skirt, the sleeves to match, with a row of narrow sable at the wrists, and sable also outlining the points of the waist and where the bodice is battoned. To furnish the neck, s, small scarf of Brus- sels lace went round the throat, and tied on the left side with a bow fastened with a brooch and a bouquet of violets mixed in with the i lace bow. You will see by this and by what I have sent you lately that blouse bodices are things of the i past, and that to be well dressed the bodice and akin; most match. A pretty gown I saw at a dinner, but which would do equally well for the theatre, was a black and white striped pekin, the skirt cut plain í with the front width en tablier, marked or ontlined, with a narrow flounce of the same, edged with a tiny ¡ line of gold braid. The effect of this was decidedly good. The bodice, high at the back and open in front, had long revers bordered with a small flounce like the tablier and the same gold braid. The xleeves were half long and finished with a frilL Bound the waist was a corselet of geranium-coloured panne. It gave a bright look to the dress, but I confess I t | should have preferred a black velvet one. 1





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