Vintage Fashions - Effective Indoor Toilettes for Women - 1900
FIGURE No. 196 T.-This consists of a Ladies' shirt-waist and skirt, and is illustrated on page 578. The shirt-waist pattern, which is No. 4473 and costs 9d. or 20 cents, is in eight sizes for ladies from thirty to forty-four inches. bust measure, and is again represented on page 606. The skirt pattern, which is No. 4534 and costs 1s. or 25 cents, is in seven sizes from twenty to thirty-two inches, waist measure, and is shown in a different development on page 612.
A decided innovation in shirt-waists is shown at this figure, the shoulders being lengthened to fit the plain top of the two-seam sleeve, which bells stylishly over the hand. The back is gored to the shoulder, and the waist is designed to give the Juno or Hebe bust effect that is now the admiration of the fashionable world.
The mode shows pretty fulness at the neck and waist, and the ceutre box-plait, that is such a characteristic of shirt-waist styles, is decorated with groups of tiny buttons. A high stock completes the waist, which is developed in figured silk showing dainty pastel tones. A leather belt is 'worn, and machiue-stitching gives a neat finish.
A tucked circular flounce distinguishes the skirt, for which dark silk was here chosen, with insertion and stitching for garniture. The mode is fully described at figure No. 189 T.
Vailing, crepe de Chine and all sorts of silks will develop the skirt, with ribbon or lace for decoration, and the waist may be reproduced in a host of cotton fabrics.
FIGURE No. 197 T.—This depicts a Ladies' basque waist and skirt, and is illustrated on page 578. The waist pattern, which is No. 4517 and costs 9d. or 20 cents, is in eight sizes for ladies from thirty-four to forty-eight inches, bust measure, and is shown again on page 605. The skirt pattern, which is No. 4388 and costs 1s. or 25 cents, is in seven sizes from twenty to thirty-two inches, waist measure.
Black and white is a combination that is always in favor and is shown in the waist forming part of this attractive toilette. Black peau de soie and white silk mull were here selected, and a rich effect is produced by a pretty disposal of white lace appliqué.
The mode displays wide tucks extending from shoulder to lower edge and is designed to produce the Marie Antionette dip that is now a marked feature of stylish modes. A high stock tops the full, drooping vest, and the close-fitting sleeves fall over the hand in scolloped outline. The lower edge of the waist is defined by a shapely belt of the silk.
Tucks arranged in groups and allowed to fall free at different depths from the belt characterize the five-gored skirt, which may be in round or short-sweep length. The dip at the top harmonizes with the waist, and for the present development light-gray fancy vailing was chosen, the decoration being stitching and bands of applique like that on the waist.
Combinations of colors and fabrics are favored for the waist, and the skirt may contrast or harmonize with it.