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FASHION OF THE WEEK. !

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HOME DRESSMAKING. I A DAINTY LITTLE PARTY FROCK. AS soon as all the small members of th< fajndly are back from school for the wintei holidays and Christmas Day itself is over the younger section of the household it generally plunged into a whirl of gaiety Children's parties, dances, and entertain- ments of all kinds are the order of the day and for such important festivities due pre paration must be made. Party frocks arc terribly ex-pensive to buy ready-made nowa- days, but they are not at all difficult tc make at home; therefore the wise mothei will set to work in good time to provide aa: her sma.ll folk with festive attire; she will find that by so doing she will save nearl3 half the coat of the ready-made article Even the times are included in party invita- tions nowadays, or have special parties given for wee mites all to themselves, so they, too: must have their pretty party frocks. I [Refer to H. D. 316.] Now, I think most mothers will agree that it would be difficult to find a prettier 01 daintier Little frock than the charming m-odel sfhown in our sketch. And yet it is perfectly simple in style and quite easy tc make, whilst the cost may be trifling or heavy t according to the materials employed The style is suitable for children of from two to eight years. THE MATERIAL.—The first question to de- cide is that of material. In expensive fab- rics the prettiest stuffs to use for the pur- pose are Georgette, double ninon, em- broidered crepe, crepe de Chine, and char- meuse. In less costly fabrics, some of the nicest materials are Jap silk, Japanese crepe, muslin voile, net, and cotton Georgette. For a child of three years you will need one and a half yards of 39in. material, or its equivalent in fabrics of greater or less width. THE PATTERN'.—There is only one piece in this pattern, for the little frock is of the Magyar type, so you could not well have anything simpler to cut. Before cutting out, lay the pattern again sit your child and make any little alterations that may be necessary; you will find it easier. and better to do this in the pattern than in the cut- out garment. Remember that no turnings are allowed for in the pattern, therefore you should leave an inch in the bottom if you in- tend to finish the edges as shown in the sketch, or two inches if you intend to make a hem at the bottom; tl/alf an inch on the side seam edges; one inch on the sleeves, if they are to be like the sketch; and one. of an inch on the neck. THB CUTTING OUT .-Fold the material down the middle, so that the selvedges come together, and lay the pattern upon it as shown in the diagram, arranging the straight edge of the pattern to come to the fold of the stuff. ie THB MAKING.—Before Wafinning to make the little frock, cut two patterns of a rounded scallop—or petal, as it is called nowadays—one for the bottom of the dress, and a smaller one of the same stuape for the sleeves. These petal-edged frocks are ex- tremely fashionable this year, and are quite easy to make. Then out out the edge of each sleeve by the petal pattern, folding the material so tha-t the pattern exactly tits it, and you can cut out all the scallops at once. Now, roll the edges of the scallops, whip on a narrow beading, and whip a narrow lace on to the beading, gathering it just a little. Lay the band of insertion in position on each sleeve, tack it firmly along each edge, cut away the material at the back, roll the raw edges, and whip them to the edges of the insertion. Next, treat the lower, edge of both back and front in exactly the same way, i.e., cut the scalloped edge, trim with beading and lace, tack the insertion into place, cut away the back, and whip the rolled edges to the edges of the insertion. Before doing this, however, you must measure each side very carefully and mark -where the insertion comes, both back and front, also exactly where the scallops come; otherwise back and front will not meet neatly when you come to join the seams. Take cafe to arrange your scallops so that they join exactly at the seams. Now join up the side and sleeve seams by French sewing. Next, take the band of insertion for the neck, fold it to the right shape and size, tack up the pleats at each corner, try on the HOT TO OBTAIN Paper Pattern of the above FROCK. Fill in this form and send it. with remittance in itimpi, to MISS LISLE. a. La Belle Salivate, LONDON, E.C. 4. Vrite clearlv. Name Address PATTERN No. 316. II PAPER PATTERNS. Price 9d. eacti. post free. PATTERNS cut to special rmossure, 1/6 each. MISS LISLE will be pleased to receive suitesttons and to illustrate design* of general use to the HOME DRESSMAKER. little yoke -thus formed, make any small alterations necessary, sew the corners very firmly, cut away the lace in the pleat, au? overcast the raw edges very closely and firmly. Cut down the fold in the Twiddle of the back to the depth of about 8 or 10 inches from the top. Trim the edges of the little yoke—on both sides-with very narrow lace, gathering the lace a trifle. Now, gather the drees along the top, both across the front and acrosra each half of the back, to fit the yoke, and whip to the edge of the insertion under the lace. Put a flat facing down the right side of the back opening, and put a wrap facing on the left side. This wrap must project half an inch beyond the actual edge of the dress. Sew on buttons, which should be small and of mother-of-pearl, down the left edge. and put loops on the right side.