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Vintage Fashions - Women's Gowns for Evening Wear - 1900

Gowns for Evening Wear


FIGURE No. 144 T.—This unites a Ladies' fichu, waist and shirt. The fichu pattern, which is No. 4407 and costs 5d. or 10 cents, is in one size only and is differently pictured on page 451.

The waist pattern, which is No. 2493 and costs 10d. or 20 cents, is in seven sizes for ladies from thirty to forty-two inches, bust measure. The skirt pattern, which is No. 4448 and costs 10d. or 20 cents, is in nine sizes from twenty to thirty-six inches, waist measure, and is again illustrated on page 462.

The dainty fichu adds grace and becomingness to the simple waist forming part of this striking toilette, which introduces an innovation in a short skirt for evening wear.

The skirt and waist are developed in one of the new silks showing a pale-pink background with an effective floral design in green. Black panne velvet was used for the belt and black velvet ribbon and appliqué lace for the skirt decoration.

The waist has a bias back that is fitted without a wrinkle and full fronts that are shirred at the bottom. It is sleeveless and is shaped in low, rounding outline at the top to display the prettily rounded shoulders. The closing is made invisibly a little to the left of the centre in front, where the broad wrinkled belt is also secured.

The fichu meets the popular demand for tucked effects and is developed in pale-pink silk muslin with lace edging gathered to form a frill heading as decoration. It follows the upper outline of the waist and is tucked to a pretty depth all round at the top. The tapering ends are stylishly knotted at the bust. The skirt is of circular shaping and in one piece. It extends to the instep and is made with the fashionable dip at the tor)

Darts remove the fulness over the hips, and an inverted box-plait is laid at the back. Plain or brocaded satin. Liberty silk, crepe de Chine, peau de soie, voile, mousseline de soie, point d'esprit, mull, etc., will develop charming toilettes of this description for young girls, the transparent materials being used over a lining of silk, satin or other appropriate fabric. The skirt may also be developed in double-faced cloth for rainy weather wear and for all sorts of outdoor sports.


This consists of a Ladies' basque waist and skirt. The waist pattern, which is No. 4441 and costs 10d. or 20 cents, is in seven sizes for ladies from thirty to forty-two inches, bust measure, and may be seen differently developed on page 445. The skirt pattern, which is No. 4436 and costs 1s. or 25 cents, is in six sizes from twenty-two to thirty-two inches, waist measure, and is again portrayed on page 454.

Figured taffeta showing an intermingling of the delicate shades of heliotrope, green and pink was used in combination with white Liberty silk and spangled net in the present development of the toilette, the exquisite coloring and perfect cut rendering the mode attractive end becoming.

The full surplice sections and smooth vest, that are displayed between the pouching fronts, are novel features of the low-necked waist, which has a stretched back that is rounding at the top.

A frill of lace headed by a ruching of white chiffon gives a dainty finish to the close sleeves, which are in elbow length. Similar ruchings of the chiffon are arranged on the waist proper and in an effective manner on the skirt. A black velvet ribbon belt gives a final touch to the mode.

The skirt is eight-gored and is gracefully trained. An inverted box-plait 'is formed at the lower part of each side seam, and the fulness at the back is arranged in an inverted double box plait. The skirt shows the fashionable (lip at the top and flares stylishly at the foot.

White or colored surah foulard, camel eon faille, satin damask, Liberty satin, voile, Pompadour silks. and similar fabrics will develop handsome evening toilettes by the mode, with lace frills or appliqué, plaited chiffon, insertion, etc., for garniture.

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