The box in which the hat is laid should be simply packed with loosely crumpled sheets of tissue paper. This prevents the hat from moving about in the box. When packed for travelling all ribbon loops should be stuffed with tissue paper. - Tissue paper plays a very important part in the matter of caring for clothes and millinery. By virtue of the arsenic in its composition, it has the direct effect of extracting the dirt from articles of clothing. Great care should be taken to keep a flat hatbrim straight. In packing, when the hat is laid in a box, light articles such as stockings, gloves, or something of the sort may be laid on the brim to hold it in place, for once the brim becomes misshapen it is almost impossible to restore it. Another excellent precaution is to stuff the crown with tissue paper, or, when travelling, with something more bulky.
Another device for keeping sailor-hat-brims straight is to fasten two strips of tape, parallel to each other, across the inside of a hatbox. The brim should be slipped under these strips, which are sufficiently far apart to allow the crown to rest comfortably between.
Never lay one piece of lace directly on top of another, but place pieces of tissue paper between. It is a good plan to have a large book of blank pages, between the leaves of which can be laid laces with little or no folding.
When stockings are removed from the feet they should be turned inside out and beaten against the back of a chair to remove every particle of dust, and then left to air..
When ribbons are taken from the hair, they should be rolled up and pinned neatly. The result will reward the trouble taken, as a box full of loose ribbons, even when folded, will soon soil each other. Lingerie ribbons can be cleaned by dipping them into common motor petrol, or by washing them in water softened by borax brought to a lather. They should not be rubbed, merely moved about in. the soapy water, and then squeezed as dry as possible in a towel. If they are rolled over a round bottle, pinned, and left to dry they will be less likely to be stiff than if they are ironed. Some people smooth them out on a window pane or mirror, and a useful device for this purpose is a large frame in which is a pane of glass used for smoothing ribbon, fine handkerchiefs, and the like.
Fig. ?'. A simple device for keeping hatbrims flat. Fasten two strips of tape parallel to each other across the inside of a hatbox between which the crown can rest
Veils should be treated with the utmost care. A good plan is to have a roll of cardboard, made as decorative as you like, and roll each veil over it, but not till the veil has been thoroughly stretched crosswise, to regulate the meshes which have been pul-led out of shape while adjusted on the hat. Nothing is more to be condemned than the practice of leaving the veil on the hat and relying on pulling it into shape the next time the hat is worn.
Fig. 8. After a veil has been thoroughly stretched crosswise it may be rolled over a roll of cardboard
By Edith Nepean
The Embroidered Tunic of the Sixteenth Century - Advantage of Working on Strips - Honey-suckle Design for Linen- The Charm of Spanish Embroidery or "Black Work" - The Decoration of a Satin or Velvet Tunic
It is interesting to note that in the sixteenth century tunics were things of originality and beauty, marvellously embroidered by hand. The simple lines of the tunic must appeal to all who are artistically inclined In the evening, as a glittering overdress of metallic net, it carries our thoughts away to the romantic East, and its Oriental quaintness is singularly effective and becoming. Instead of embroidering the material all over, it would be best to work on shaped strips or panels. The modern needlewoman would find this a useful and practical idea. If the embroidery is very elaborate - and this, of course, must depend on the fabric chosen to work upon- when the tunic is worn out the panels and strips can be adapted and used in other ways.
The design shows a tunic which is trimmed with strips of embroidery, that, if required, could be removed and readjusted to other needs.
It could be effectively carried out in linen, holland, velvet, or in a soft satin. We will, therefore, first of all consider the possibilities for the adornment of linen or holland.
The dressmaker should cut out the panels in the chosen material to fit the wearer - the semicircular collar, the embroidered piece for the bodice, the top of the waist-line, the panel down the centre and bottom of the tunic, also the cuffs for the sleevelets. On to these the designs must be stamped, sketched, or traced, whichever method the embroideress may prefer.
A novel embellishment for the linen tunic, for those who like a black and white scheme, is to use the old idea of "Spanish work," or " black work," as it was often called, embroidering the design in black silk. This work was at its zenith of popularity in the days of "good Queen Bess," and it had been introduced into this country by another Queen- the ill-fated wife of Henry VIII., Catherine of Arragon.