LATEST PARIS FASHIONS
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Some of the most striking of the new woollen dress materials are those with a wide pattern worn with silks of brilliant dye, With the exception of a few which reproduce Japanese and other floral designs, the majority are of the oriental type of ornoment. There are wide bands of Algerian silk, m whioh yellow and red struggle- foe mastery} shell and palm arabesques rendered lv sh*drd floss silks, are worn like the borders of Indian shawls m harmonious combinations of many oolors. Tbe tissue itself may be either lighter or darker than the ornament. It Is always of' oasbmere or rlmilar soft woollen, and, It bangs equally well either way of tbe stuff Skirts made of it now have the band rnnning along the bottom edge, or else plaoed vertically on the wide folds and thus form the panels of tablier; the latter arrangement Is only suitable, however, if. the pattern is of a a medium width. In some oases it is half a yard broad, when its plape Is round the hem. A pretty way of making a gown with a very deep bordering Is to have a round skirt mounted on a few shallow pleats In the front and sides and In straight flutes behind, and to drape it slightly on one side beneath a double pleat uf plain cashmere, forming a panel, over which falls a handsome knotted silk oord to match the oolor of the woven pattern. The bodice and long sleeves are made tight-fitting, bands of tbe figured portion deoorate the front from shoulder-seam to waist, and the outer seam of the sleeves, and oompose a broad belt, adjusted to the figure by darts. This if vie of gown will need five or six yards of bordered material and as muoh of the plain. Fashionable skirts may also be made with back and side breadths of the latter, and merely a tablier of tbe deoorattve fabrlo, slightly draped to the waist, so as to fall lv a few festooned folds. They are less expensive, of oourse, the* ornamental woollen being Infinitely more costly. When the bordering* are used ihe other way of the stuff, two or th^ae bands may be plaoed on either aldejof tbe skirt, arranged so that they He on the outer fold of slnglo or double pleats. Flat panels are less worn then they Were, The grpa,t majority of the more ordinary oostumet have rather wide fiat pleats at the sides, one or two fluted breadths at the back, and either a kilted or draped tablier. If the side folds have a deoorattve band upon them, they are uiunUy divided by a couple or so of narrower pleats. These are often of another material, frequently watered silk, and the amount of this 1 stuff worked np into skirts just now Is enormous. It Is generally 'blaok. but oolored la more dressy. There are many ways of combining tbis silk with woollen; for Instance, folds of It are Introduced between the flit side pleats and baok breadths. Plain panels, lined with surah, are mounted over the pleated front of the skirt, the back ones, on the other hand, lapping over the pnael • a double fold of moirh may be plaand on the foundation, and the upper skirt be open at tbe side, and efther fastened , down by a few large buttons, or laoed i over it with a oord. Both oorda and ornamental buttons play a great part In the deooratton of the skirt this year. Home of the plainer ones have pooketfl»ps buttoned down on tbe side panels. The lacing together of the two edges of an open skirt with a thick cordeliere either In front or at the std§s, is In muoh favour. Evening and other smart gowns are treated m the same way with" ribbons, while hodloes will be U.s'd wltb||illk |;or gold braid, velvet or beads, • ?»*<■, April 15, 188 M
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