At 14 years of age, the girl enters a fresh period of life.
The brooding, slack time is over. Nerve cells hitherto sleeping awaken, and immediately the higher cerebral regions show, amongst other characteristics, a consciousness of beauty. ■
Now, this consciousness of beauty should be directed and embodied through beautiful, stimulating, but hard work.
As the social wisdom of the book appeals likewise to the awakening mind, it is advisable not to repress rapid growth by slighting this or that magazine of fashion and opinion selected by the adolescent, but rather encourage frank expression of interest and a searching spirit for what is good in any or all.
The nightdress (Diag. 129) shows the slip bodice, sleeve and skirt types modified here, expanded there; but with the types intelligently learnt, the opportunity for the variations is welcomed by our adolescent. Note the decorative and constructive quality of the stitchery at the corners of the square yoke.
The overalls (Diags. 130A and 130B) show differences in construction, resembling the experimental work done by the girl at this period.
The wrapper or housemaid's dress (Diag. 131) follows fairly closely the three elementary types (slip bodice, sleeve, skirt). The skirt may be gathered or pleated into the band, or guaged and top-sewed into the waistband (Diag. 132).
The girl's pinafore dress (Diag. 133) illustrates as well as the sleeveless bodice (Diags. 134, 135), the consciousness of beauty embodied in simple forms.