Two yards of flannel or silk will make a pretty and comfortable wrap for an invalid, sitting up in bed. A straight slit is cut six inches deep in the middle of one side and the corners turned back to form the neck. The opposite corners are turned back to form the cuffs.

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The edges can be bound or trimmed with ribbon; the turned-back corners at neck and wrist may be trimmed with lace and tied with ribbons at dotted places in illustration, or buttoned. This wrap is said to be an invention of Florence Nightingale, who planned and made it for her convalescent patients in the Crimean War.

Japanese Kimono

Six yards of crepe will be ample for this garment, the quantity depending, in a measure, on the height of the wearer. First cut off thirty-eight inches for the sleeves, which are fourteen inches the other way. Sew the sleeve together at the bottom to a depth of five inches, making the pocket which is invaluable to the Japanese wearer. Fold the goods left in the middle; if too long, measure the wearer from neck to floor and fold accordingly. Cut the material in the middle of one side to the very top, measure five inches across the centre and cut slanting any distance to suit. The neck and sides may be finished with a three-inch band of the same, or with ribbon. A robe made in Japan will often have a strip a yard long on each side and the ends finished square. To sew the sleeves in, put the half of the sleeve at the top of the garment, making an extended straight line from the shoulder to sleeve.

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A slip-over gown cut by measure. Fold three and one half yards of forty-inch goods in the middle, making it secure with pins. Find the middle of the fold and mark a circle for the neck with a dinner plate. On the edges measure down nine inches from the fold, and at right angles from this, towards the centre, measure eight inches. From this point cut a diagonal line to the bottom of the goods to make the sleeve, measure twelve inches from the fold, or three inches more, and cut diagonally to the eight inches mark. If too scant, the long triangular pieces can be turned upside down and set into the body of the gown. An improvement in the fit can be made by taking up two tucks an inch wide, five inches deep in both front and back. Beading may be used at the neck, or embroidered scallop.

Nightdress By Diagram

Fold three and one half yards of nainsook in the middle, and double so as to have half the width. Measure on the top fold seven inches, on the side, five inches, and in the middle, six inches in a slanting line; cut a circle and form the neck of the gown. Measure from the top fold at the side twelve inches and draw a slanted line as indicated; on this line, five inches from edge of goods, make a dot from which you get the slanting side of the gown. Two inches on this line will indicate the curve of the sleeve.

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