Hints on Home Dressmaking was a monthly advice column featured in Ladies' Home Journal. People wrote Ms. Hooper with questions about dressmaking and she responded in this column. Many times the answers were about textiles, construction methods, and current fashion trends. The following are her responses:
For a light-weight tea-gown try a printed Japanese silk, with a front of plain silk and collarette of cream guipure lace.
A pearl necklace is about all the jewelry that a very young lady wears to her first ball. Commence with one string of pearls and add others gradually.
Mrs. Nellie C.
Trim your black satin with a white satin vest and revers and white guipure sleeve ruffles or epaulettes; edge revers and wrists with jet and have a jet collar band and girdle.
Trim your blue satin with two ruffles of the same, or folds of velvet can be used if the material fails you. Add crush collar, revers and circular basque piece of velvet, with a small yoke piece of cream guipure lace.
Brown is the first choice for the spring and green is second. (2) Buy a small figured soft taffeta at one dollar and twenty-five cents, in changeable beige and green, the latter a reseda shade, and trim with cream guipure lace.
Buttons up the sleeves are out of style. (2) Girls of fifteen years wear their dresses to their shoe tops. (3) Girls of this age wear veils only to keep out of the cold- not for dress- and they should be of grenadine or tissue in navy blue, brown or gray.
Glace kid gloves were introduced last winter for evening wear, but are not, as handsome for this purpose as suede. (2) White veils will be very fashionable after the first of June. (3) Tiny bonnets and medium-sized hats will be popular in the spring. (4) Moire ribbon in black and moire effects in colors will be stylish for Easter.
Clitheroe zephyr is the name of a summer cotton fabric of a lighter class than outing cloths and without the nappy look of the latter. (2) Trim such fabrics with Hamburg embroidery or heavy open cotton lace. (3) Black satin ribbon belts will be fashionable with all wash cotton dresses. (4) I would not recommend cambric or percaline underwear in preference to linen.
I do not approve of even "moderately tight lacing." If you know anything of your form you must realize the danger of tight lacing. (2) Wear small hip pads under your corset. A well-fitting, firm corset does not mean a stiff and tightly-laced one, as any French corsetiere would tell you. It is true that many fashionable women do lace, but does that make it right or healthful?