The very simplicity of the present fashion in evening dress seems to demand something important in the way of a coiffure decoration. A change of head-dress, moreover, has a great effect in making the same gown look different for various functions. It is a great advantage, therefore, for the girl with clever fingers to manufacture some dainty trifles of this kind. The illustrations afford some suggestions for pretty designs which can be easily carried out.
Illustration No. I shows a decoration consisting of a simple twist of pale blue satin ribbon passed on either side of the front through a jewelled ring. The rings should be cut out in buckram and wired at each edge, and be 3 1/4 inches in diameter when finished. They should be covered with the blue satin ribbon, and have a few jewels and beads sewn over them and around the edges. To keep them in position they are stitched on the ribbon.
Fig.1. A simple but charming decoration, consisting of a twist of satin ribbon passed on either side of the head through a jewelled ring
The second illustration depicts a very novel idea. A twist of silver gauze is passed around the hair and (unshed at one side of the back, under a knot of gauze with a hanging cluster of gold and silver fuchsias. To make the fuchsias, get some narrow gold cord and ravel a little piece about a couple of inches long: and double it in half to form the stamens. Join these to another piece of gold cord several inches long for the stalk Take a little piece of gold cloth, thin but not transparent, fold it and gather it, and roll it around the stamens so that they show well below it. Just above tie a knot in the gold cord, and, above this again, stitch on four little petals of fine transparent silver gauze, folded on the cross so that they can be pulled out into the correct long shape. The knot in the cord is to make these petals stand out properly. Where the petals are gathered, they should be caught together in two places, one just the third head-dress shown is simple, but very becoming to some wearers. It is composed of a band of gold metallic moire ribbon arranged in a flat bow at one side. In the centre of this is a large gold, jewelled cabochon. To make this is an interesting task. First there is the buckram mould on which it is mounted to be evolved. Get the top of a wooden darner, wet a piece of buckram with boiling water, and fix it over this with the gummy side on the outside. Smooth, silver gauze round the hair and finishing it at one side with a cluster
Fig. 2. A novel and pretty effect, gained by passing a twist of of gold and silver fuchsias
Fig. 3. A simple and classic style, in which a band of gold metallic moire ribbon is arranged in a flat bow at the side, with a jewelled cabochon in the centre
Dress above the other, to form the fat part of the calyx.
it down evenly, and the a piece of string around the base to help keep it in position while it is set in front of the fire on a plate to dry. When it is quite dry, fold the edges under inside over a fine wire, and sew this in place. The mould is now ready to cover with a piece of gold tissue. After that it can be decorated with any odd scraps of metallic trimming and beads to suit the taste of the worker, but it looks well to keep it all to different shadesof gold, with just a touch of cut steel in the shape of the flat beads that can be bought by the string.