Fold the handkerchief corner-wise, so that it forms a triangle, then fold again, which will form a smaller triangle. Cut out a small piece from the top of the triangle, where it is folded ; open out the handkerchief, and you will have a square with a hole in the centre. This hole is for the neck, and should be cut a little smaller than the required size, to allow for turnings. Then cut up from one corner to this hole, and you have a collar which falls in points back and front and on the shoulders. The cut edges must be neatly hemmed, and the collar put on to the neckband on the inner side, so that it forms a roll over the neckband. The pieces cut out from the neck can be used to trim the cuffs, if desired,
A pretty mixture of colours for a dressing-jacket of this kind would be a soft heliotrope nun's- veiling for the jacket, with a handkerchief of heliotrope and primrose. A jacket of Dresden blue, with a handkerchief of blue and mauve, is a very delicate combination, if the right shades are chosen.
There is a garment which is much in vogue in America, which strikes the happy medium between the blouse and the dressing-jacket. It has the quality of neatness so dear to the heart of the well-dressed woman. Its principal advantage is that it is very quickly and easily put on.
Every woman knows that a blouse takes some time to adjust properly ; if not carefully fastened down with safety-pins, it is apt to ride up at the back, and make the wearer look round-shouldered. All this takes time, and if the
The sleeve of the invalid's wrap, showing how buttons and loops are employed to fasten the under-edges of the sleeve to each other breakfast bell has sounded some ten minutes before the toilette is finished, such little matters are likely to go to the wall.
In the breakfast-jacket these drawbacks are avoided. It is made something like a Norfolk jacket, with a belt attached, so that all is in readiness to slip on. The upper part of the jacket can be made after any design desired, but it is best made with a yoke from which pleats can be carried stitched down to the waist, and only then allowed to fall free.
Three pleats should be put in the back, and the belt stitched on to the centre one.
Any of the various makes of fancy blouse flannels would be suitable for a breakfast-jacket, in either dark or light colours, according to the taste of the wearer.
Unfortunately, few go through life without at some time being ill, and it is always well to be provided against these contingencies. Even if the malady is nothing worse than a bad cold, it is pleasant to have something that is easy to put on, and comfortable to wear when sitting up in bed.
The sketch given here is a pattern of a wrap that is quite simple in construction. It can be put over the shoulders as easily as a shawl, but, unlike a shawl, it does not slip off, and affords much better protection for the arms.
Diagram showing the pattern of the wrap. The back and fronts are joined only on the shoulders and are fastened together under the arms by buttons and loops
It requires three yards of material, 36 inches wide. Any soft, warm stuff, such as molleton,flannel, cash mere, or merino, is suitable. Trimmed with lace or embroidery, and of a soft, harmonious colour, such/a wrap may be quite a becoming garment to its wearer.
The back and two fronts should be joined only on the shoulders ;the sleeves, which are in one piece, and shaped like bell sleeves, are not joined up, but merely gathered on the shoulders, and sewn on to the bodice part for about 5 in. each side of the shoulder seam.
A pretty and comfortable wrap for an invalid, simple of construction and as easily assumed as a shawl
Buttons and loops are employed to fasten the fronts to the back, and the under-edges of the sleeve to each other, after it has been put on. It is a convenient arrange-ment, which needs only to be known to be thoroughly appreciated both in wear and for laundering purposes.
By Edith Nepean
At various times and seasons of the year the feminine mind is perturbed by the knotty problem of how to make a dress do duty for the season at hand. It is often folly for a woman to discard a gown which at the first glance looks passe, without studying it in a cold, matter-of-fact manner - that is to say, dissecting its faults, and finding out its shortcomings. After this she should note the good points of the dress.