Mending and altering are two branches of the great art of Needle-craft which no woman can afford to despise in these days of ready-made frocks and shop-bought costumes. Turnings may be insufficient, buttons sewn on with too scant stitches, hooks and eyes trembing to fall off, but these deficiencies very easily can be put to rights. A shop-bought costume that does not fit, however, is not cheap at any price. Ivearn. therefore, how to make alterations in the most commonsense and practical fashion,and take preventive measures. before the garment is worn for the first time, to overcome the little deficiencies that we may expect to discover in the "ready-mades."