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Fancy House Gowns


FIGURE No. 206 T.—LADIES' GREEK GOWN.—This shows a Ladies' Greek gown, and is illustrated on page 583. The pattern, which is No. 4478 and costs Is. or 30 cents, is in four sizes for ladies from thirty to forty-two inches, bust measure, and is also shown on page 593.

A Grecian gown that is both simple and graceful is shown at this figure developed in white albatross with black velvet ribbon in Greek-key design for garniture. The mode, which is V necked, is gathered to form a frill heading at the top and closes at the back, where extra plaited fulness is arranged to fall into the short sweep.

Curved lines of gathers produce a short body effect, the gathers being overlaid with bands. The short, one-seam sleeves are slashed on the upper side, and are decorated with narrow black velvet ribbon ; they may, however, be replaced by angel sleeves that reach almost to the lower edge of the gown.

For fancy dress wear the gown will he found very attractive developed in wailing, cashmere or soft silk, with gilt or silver braid or ribbon for garniture.

FIGURE No. 207 T. — LADIES' Tea-GOWN.—This displays a Ladies' gown, and is illustrated on page 583. The pattern, which is No. 4542 and costs Is. or 4539 30 cents, is in six sizes for ladies from thirty-two to forty-two inches, bust measure, and is seen differently developed at page 595.

The rich fabrics and graceful shaping of this handsome tea-gown combine to make the mode one of surpassing attractiveness. The design is in Louis XVI. style, and in its development dark satin brocade, white chiffon, all-over lace and lace edging were used, with tinsel braid, lace appliqué and ruchings of the chiffon for ornamentation. The gown is in Princess style at the back, plaited fulness being introduced at the waist-line to fall into the graceful sweep.

The jacket fronts fall in tabs over the skirt and flare to reveal a full front that is partially outlined by fanciful revers overlapping large Directoire revers. The neck is slightly low in V shape, and the waist is encircled by a tinsel belt. The front of the skirt is full and is shown in petticoat effect ; it is made quite decorative by a full flounce having a scolloped upper outline, and a short body-lining supports the gown. The sleeves are very fanciful, consisting of a close-fitting upper portion reversed to form a turn-back cuff and separated from the smooth lower portion by a full elbow puff. The gown may be high-necked.

Satin brocade, rich silks and similar materials are usually combined with some soft sheer goods in reproducing the mode. A gown of pink brocaded satin will be handsome associated with white mousseline or Liberty silk and all-over lace, with ribbon or ruchings of the mousseline for garniture.

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