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VELVETEEN COSTUME FOR A GIRL. ANY of the dark flannels or beige is admirable for this style of dress. alpaca, kilted. The scarf and sleeves are of grey alpaca, or of any colour which with a cardinal silk sash. Cardinal bow at the neck. Cuffs the same as the dress. with black satin; a carnation bow on the brim, and black and cardinal feathers.

Plain paper pattern, made up, but untrimmed, 2s. 2d.

The flounces are of black contrasts, tied at the back Black straw hat, lined

FOR the spring, Colleen Bawn cloaks of scarlet flannel, or grey, with scarlet rosettes, are to be worn; also deep capes, which are caught up in the back in similar style.

A pretty spring dress for a little girl is made of creme cashmere, trimmed with brown plush. Round the bottom is a kilted flounce nine inches deep; and above that a band of plush wide enough to make a scarf, which is pleated across the front, has two ends at the back, and is tied with a bow and end of wide crimson ribbon. Cape of brown plush. Hat of brown plush, with crimson ribbon twisted round.

The Mephistopheles costume for a child is extraordinary, but perhaps this is its recommendation-a dress of terra-cotta red cashmere, trimmed with pleatings of silk of soft golden brown tint. A Colleen Bawn cloak of a paler red than the dress. Red stockings to match; and red plush toque of a deeper red.

For out-of-door wear, a fawn colour cloth coat, quite concealing all but the flounces of the dress, is made double-breasted, and without trimming, but collar and cuffs of brown plush or velveteen. At the back, a scarf of brown silk striped with fawn is attached to the side seams, and tied in long bows and ends, the bows in poufs.

For small boys' suits, black velvet jacket and knickerbockers, without trimming. An open white collar at the neck, with a small narrow tie of red or blue; or with a deep embroidered collar and wide cuffs to match. Blue or red silk stockings, patent leather shoes, and plain steel buckles. are edged with braid; with these, plain knee trousers, without fulness, but shaped

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THERE is as much diversity in children's head coverings, as in bonnets, hats and caps older people. There are, however, two which should never be worn-felt, unless with herous perforations in it, and heavy beaver, or plush mounted on a stiff, impervious ndation, too often used to keep the outer material firm. Seal-skin toques are also to be recated, unless made with ample ventilation.

No. 1.-A plush hat, trimmed with folds of velvet, and a gold ornament confining pleats of velvet; a white feather across the top.

No. 2.-A brown straw hat, lined with brown satin, trimmed with cardinal ribbon 1 brown feathers.

No. 3.-A beaver toque, grey, with white feathers.

CAPES of varied character will be worn by most girls this spring. They are pretty juncts to a dress; and more than that, they preserve the lungs from injury by cold air. The Mother Hubbard styles are decidedly adapted for children, upon whom everything in ress of a set character takes from the simplicity of childhood.

As the spring advances, percales (cambrics) will be worn by children; many plain olours, as porcelain blue, trimmed with printed designs, and the reverse. Coloured flannels, eiges and alpacas will have similar trimming. Homespuns of a fine thin texture will be a summer fabric; this has coloured threads in it, something similar to the bourette worn two easons since.

LITERARY

WORK AND LEISURE FOR 1881; THE ENGLISHWOMAN'S YEAR BOOK, 1882; FRIENDLY LEAVES (The Girls' Friendly Magazine); three annual volumes published by Messrs. Hatchards, Piccadilly, are most desirable to have in households where there are young girls.

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In WORK AND LEISURE, employments for women are treated of. In "Correspondence," considerable information is given respecting matters of interest to There is an article addressed to 66 Amateur Authors." The latter a title borrowed from an Advertisement in several newspapers; it relates how young women are swindled by such Advertisements. Another swindle of "A Publishing Company is exposed. The shareholders, who had subscribed their guinea or two to the Company, in the hope of making money by their literary efforts, were for the most part needy women, daily governesses, music teachers,' etc. At last one of its victims, less helpless than the rest, brought an action against the Publishing Company, and shortly afterwards it vanished from the scene. Other swindles of the came character are exposed. We recommend those who are desirous of selling their MSS. to get this volume of "Work and Leisure," which also contains a large amount of formation on different employments for women, and how they may but be carried out. There is a good article

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"Women's Emigration Society;" another on "Literature Regarded as a Profession," which should be read by those who wish to adopt this mode of bread-winning. "Work and Leisure" is a capital volume for girls and women to read. The chapter, "How to Live Well on Sixpence a-Day," is one to take up seriously. The healthful influence of a vegetarian diet upon the human frame is well-known. "Sufferers from rheumatism are frequently relieved when they abandon the use of animal food.' A wellknown London lady, at the age of fifty-two years, became a vegetarian, and since that change in diet has lost all head-ache and derangement of the stomach, which previously had been her constant companions. Many such instances are well authenticated, for ourselves we knew of two servants, each aged about eighteen, who rarely touched meat, and if by chance they took any, it was always cold meat by preference, they nearly lived on bread-and-butter and potatoes, and yet were stronger than many men, either of them would roll up a large thick Brussels carpet and carry it to some distance, without apparent effort. We should hear of little suffering from indigestion if vegetables, eggs, and milk entered more freely into our diet.

FRIENDLY LEAVES is a useful and amusing magazine for servants; it also serves as a means of com

munication between servants and the "Girls' Friendly Society," one of the best institutions for helping servants who are out of place, and for inducing them to keep steady, and make good wives and mothers.

NOTICES.

as in the way of beautiful embroidery, how few can do it. Not long ago a trousseau was in preparation. Having long been interested in the subject of employment for poor ladies, we welcomed the opportunity of giving them a large and costly order. We bought patterns of under-clothing in Paris, beautifully embroidered, and took them to one of the London Societies for the sale of poor ladies' work. The Manager was by no means as pleased as we expected. She explained that she had only one lady on her books who could execute satin-stitch embroidery similar to the pattern and fashions; said she had but few ladies who could make up the garments when they were embroidered. The result was that we left a small portion, which was sent home beautifully Some simpler articles done, after an immense time.

were taken to another London Work Society. These were retained so long, that we felt it quite hopeless to trouble the poor ladies with anything more elaborate. The end was that nearly all the trousseau which the Work Societies would have had, could they have done it, were got from the shops in the usual way.

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This is just the key to the whole matter. Shops make a trade of ready-made garments, beautifully worked in embroidery and detail, hence the poor elderly ladies, with failing eyesight, cannot compete with shops; and it remains, and will remain, an unsolved puzzle how they are to support themselves, or be supported.

LIFE OF NAPOLEON III. By BLANCHARD JERROLD. Vol. IV. Longmans.-Readers will find in this continuation of the biography of a celebrated man, very much to interest them; and among other matters, the following description of the Emperor's life in his home in the Tuileries, where he selected for his private rooms those that were on the ground floor, and where the windows opened, so that he could, unobserved, step out of the rooms into the garden :

"The room in which the Emperor passed the greater part of his time when he was in Paris, in which he worked with his secretaries, laboured at his 'Life of Caesar,' received the little Prince Louis every morning at nine o'clock, and paused in the transaction of affairs of State with his hand ever caressing the bright child's head while he listened to his prattle; and where he sat with the Empress in that domestic intimacy which never lost its charm for him-this room was a veritable workshop.

"It was a low, gilded chamber, the walls of which were covered with miniatures of the Imperial family, and with arms of every description. The furniture was of the First Empire. It was littered with papers, models, drawings, maps, and even with historical do

cuments of inestimable value.

"A spiral staircase led from the Emperor's cabinet to the library of the Empress above. Frequently in the course of each day the Empress would tap the THE ENGLISHWOMAN'S YEAR BOOK FOR 1882, gong placed at the top of the staircase, and the Emtreats of women's employments, and the sums gained peror would go to her. Or she would descend to the by women workers. Under the head of "Home Emperor. The Imperial couple lived thus in a perEmployments" is a good article upon "Letting Lodg-petual intimacy. At hand were the rooms of M. ings," which is stated to be a thoroughly good paying business, under proper management, but a failure if left to servants. A chapter on Money Matters." From "Work for Women," we quote the following:"Fancy needlework seems the favourite occupation of nearly all the leisure of young ladies in England; yet, when it is a question of turning it to real account,

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Mocquard and M. Comti, and later of M. Franceschini Piétri, chef and secretaries of the Cabinet de

Empereur; and beyond these was the Council Chamber-the green cloth perpetually spread—ready for a meeting of Ministers. Here, locked up in a cabinet, were the colours of the Imperial Guard, in the keeping of the Sovereign. At hand, in their re

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