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THE WOMAN'S WOULD I Homb dressmakers who have difficulty in pressing curved seams will find a common kitchen rolling-pin curved seams will find a common kit.chen rolling-pin a very good pressing board, if a piece of papsr be wrapped around it. Nothing in the way of linen lasts longpr than the half-bleached damask, and it is great economy to buy it; for it will not, grow yellow when laid away at quickly as the fully bleached will. J To preserve white lace keep it in a box, and before ¡ putting it away sprinkle it thoroughly with mag- nesia. When the lace is needed again this can easily I be shaken out. PAINT can be removed from silk by first saturating it in equal parts of turpentine and ammonia, then washing in soapsuds, and letting it dry between blotting paper uuder a heavyweight. IN mending cr cutting down worn carpets, a lengthwise seam is more noticeable than one made across the breadth. For this reason, mending as one would an ordinary garment by cutting out the worn plnce, clipping the corners diagonally, turning under the edges and hemming them down to a piece of carpet secured to the under side, is sure to he con- spicuous however skilfully done. If possible, then, cut across the entire width of a breadth, and match- ing the pattern perfectly, insert a piece by neatly folding the edges of both the body carpet, and piece I y back on to the wrong side an inch, basting securely to position, and overhand stitching the edges with linen thread as near the colour of the ground as pos- sibl. Tfiiff, worn places, and small breaks in ingrain carpets, can be inconspicuously darned down with raveilings of the same, and this should always be dona when such places can be brought to the parts of the room least used, or underneath large pieces of furniture. HAIR ornaments are being worn more than ever, and numerous are the pretty and ingenious devices to hold short hair in place, and to aid in the arrange- ment of the coiffure. Empire combs are still popular, and pompadour combs have not disap- peared, but the hair binders," as the clasp for the short hair is called, are worn universally. Imitation of real shell horseshoes with rhinestone decorations are a favourite design, and snakes abound in metal and shell. Tiie big pocket-book has been replaced by the purse of gold mesh, netted silk and beads, suede and jewels, and the very long and unhandy broad cardcase has given way to the easily carried case of convenient size and weight. The change has necessitated a change in the size of visiting cards, and these are smaller than they have been for many years. A few years ago misses not yet" out" used cards the size of those now correct for their mothers. Some of the new cards are almost square, others just a trifle longer than they are broad. With an address in one corner and an at home day in another there is not much fair white space left upon which the indolent woman can scrawl a message instead of writing a note, but these small cards are very handy for the little reticules and small cardcases. THE prettiest things in handkerchiefs are those in panne velvet. Some of them are beautiful. One in roses, with purple pink shades and a deep border tingeing on magenta, is lovely. Others of simpler design are stylish. The handkerchiefs are aold for belts, stocks, and vests, and are three dollars and a- half each. CUT glass, to make it look nice (advises the "C01uion Journal), must be washed in very hot watei, a soft brush dipped in whiting will remove all tarnish then polish it well up with a piece of soft newspaper, as this gives the glass a bright, clear appearance and no lint remains, as it would do if rubbed with a linen rag. BOOTS and shoes, to keep them in good order, ought often to be cleaned whether they are worn or not, and care should also be taken that they are not left in a damp place, nor yet put too near the fire to dry. In cleaning, take care to brush and not scrape the dirt away from the seams, and allow the hard- brush to'do its work thoroughly well, and the polish will be all the brighter for it. THIS year's parasols (observes a writer in the Sun) are, as a class, characterised by oddity rather than beauty. For example, in one variety the ribs, which in umbrellas and parasols are usually eight in number, are alternately long and short, which makes the parasol square in shape when it is open. Then there are six-ribbed parasols, the ribs being so wide apart that a star-shaped aspect is secured. Among parasols of the ordinary form are some which are entirely covered with little pointed tabs of silk, each tab being bound around the edge with its own or another colour. These are not at all pretty, but a novelty. More attractive are parasols of satin with large openwork motifs of silk embroidery or inserts of lace. As regards handles, a great deal of jeweller's work is seen in gold, pierced silver, enamel and gems of the less precious order. Nothing is prettier, however, than natural wood handles of the finer class. SKIRTS are decidedly long, touching the ground in front and, at the sides, while at the back they drag more or less. The consequence is that every woman carries her skirt, in her hand in the street, which necessitates pretty and well-cared-for shoes. The only short skirts worn are those which are uncom- promisingly short, escaping the ground by several inches. PETTICOATS follow the fashions of gowns in form, but do not trail at all, even when intended for wear with a trained skirt. They are still much trimmed below the knee, but are quite plain above it, and at j the back of the waist are laid in a few plaits. Petti- j coats of the more elaborate order have inserts of black or white lace, ruffles of tiny chiffon edged with ribbon or velvet, tiny gauze ruches or ruches of finely j pinked silk, flounces of lace, and, in fact, are as richly adorned as gowns. The plainer kinds have various arrangements of plaitings and rumes of the same material as the body of the petticoat, which is usually taffeta or a kind of silk alpaca, which is more durable. SUMMERTIME (says the fashion authority of the London Journal) should be a season of rejoicing to the woman with limited income. Really exquisite summer fabrics are quite inexpensive, and the tire- some questions of stiffening, bindings, silk linings, and facing can all be done away with. It is especially true this year that pretty frocks can be had for very little money. There never has been a season when there was such a variety of inexpensive cotton stuffs, or when they were made up in such charm- ingly simple fashions. THE new tie for cotton shirt blouses is of coloured linen—the same coarse linen of which dresses are made. They are long and narrow and should be tied in a bow in front. Tbe whole length, however, is dotted with curious little designs, allegorical, celestial, and otherwise, worked in with linen thread of a con- trasting colour. psiovIseT e ly its ha dat rperaselsvl eawd leontmo t ebn ruemt comumsot mst beine nd jsuprtlhieoenumds sidmellvy isets aaknto e d gteo exnpseuernpa--l approbation. A very slight acquaintance with the sentiments and tone of conversation familiar among men might convince all whose minds are open to con- viction that their admiration is not to be obtained by the display of any kind of extravagance in dress. There may be occasional instances of the contrary, but the praise most liberally and uniformly bestowed by men upon the dress of women is that it is neat, up-to-date, becoming, and in good taste. To be appropriately and consistently dressed is mif great importance; for, like many minor virtues, though scarcely taken notice of in its presence, it is sorely missed when absent. A careless or slatternly woman, for instance, is one of the most repulsive objects in creation; and such is the force of public opinion in favour of the delicacies of taste and feel- ing in the female sex, that no power of intellect or display of learning can compensate men for the want of nicety or neatness in the women with whom they associate in domestic life. The fitness of dress is a subject that ought to be regarded by all women l with earnest solicitude, that they may constantly maintain in their own pers^» that strict attention to smartness which is so charaine. i

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