Observer, Volume XXXVIII, Issue 16, 22 December 1917, Page 21
OUR illustration depicts a pretty frock. The overjumper looks' very smart if made in a very fine crepe, crepo-do-c'hine, or silk crepe. The embroidery can be "worked to tone with the frock, though if the jumper is used with a White frock there is an endless variety of colours, to choose from. Transfers of suitable patterns are procurable at any of the big shops, or the imagination of the wearer can be utilised in drawing her own designs. Two yards and a half ol : fine crepe costs less than ss, and when completed- the juniper adds freshness to anj' frock. 9 ■ * * We are, maybe, revolting a littlo against the perpetual dullness of black and neiitral tints, and would seem fco bo trying to enliven these with some touch of colour, chiefly Oriental tints. In these days of eco-
nomy, it is not necessary to be wasteful or extravagant in order to look one's best.' Linings are gay in colour, and the sports coats give a becoming contrast to a white or dark dress; brocaded silks and printed silks form many linings. Belts are. lined with a colour, while cuffs and collars are often in contrast. ■ ■ ■ Pockets are too useful to be easily surrendered, but the outstanding hip and the loose hanging one are to α-etire before the more modest trouser-like pocket -which characterised some of our tailor-mades last season. Some pockets on evening dresses are made in tulle with Jewelled ornaments, andean be rendered practical. Sometimes they are attached to jewelled chains round the neck. Many dresses for daily wear have pockets set squarely outside the skirt or tunic or basque. They are improved by embroidery, braiding, and are sometimes quilted. Some, too, have contrasting linings that show. * • • Little coatees, made of bright-coloured tricotine, and, worn over simple beige or grey summer frocks, are quite one of the prettiest and most novel fancies of the year. • *.. • The coats are planned on the simpliest sacque lines, with linkage of silk ninon or crepe de chine in some contrasting colour, usually repeated in a falling collar. Very charming
was a coatee of this description in. burnt-orange tricotine, lined with white mousseline do soie, worn with a simple little gown of beige-coloured voile. * * * This coatee idea is being also developed in light-weight putty and beigo gab. cloths, lined . with some bright colour such as cerise, yellow ochre, green, etc., while another expression promising a considerable amount of favour is natural tussore with awning stripe in blue or red. i • • * We called them all sports coats last year; now they are almost universal, and have changed their character. Many are made in worsted, especially worn with one-piece frocks, for they arc so easily slipped on and off, according to requirements. Jersey cloth, has set the fashion no doubt for dresses. Very finely woven silk, crepe de chine, and even mercerised mnslin,s, have been adapted to these jerseys, which are girdled and long in the basque, and decidedly smart. Beige, biscuit, and grey dresses are much brightened- up by these additions, and as the summer goes on they will bo worn galore.