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The Ladies' Home Journal

September 1893

The New Colors and Materials

Author: Emma M. Hooper

Section VII: The First Fall Gown

By the last of September many women feel that they must have a new dress. It is early for a nice fall suit, perhaps, but they are safe in getting a black wool gown that will be a stand-by for all seasons. Have this of a serge or cord weave, or with a tiny silk figure that brings it among the class of fancies. Pay $1.00 a yard if you expect to get decent wear out of it, and make it up with black satin trimmings, satin duchesse or merveilleux, at $1.25. In buying black goods it pays to get the best that you can possibly afford. Have your skirt four yards wide, an easy-fitting bell, and see that it clears the ground; trim with two bias bands, two inches wide, of the goods piped on each side as satin. Or you may prefer a circular flounce to the knees, with a band at the top and bottom. Have a round waist with short Eton fronts, or a pointed "habit" bodice, if too stout for this, with large Directoire revers of satin reaching to the top of the shoulders and flaring out over the sleeves; folded belt, if a round waist, and draped collar of satin, also a piping on the wrists, and stitch the edges of satin accessories. Full vest shirred at the neck and waist, or all of the fullness may be gathered up in the centre under a bust of bow of two pointed ends and a tie-over of bengaline, or changeable silk of a becoming color, bright red, old rose, bright green, greenish blue, yellow or reddish purple being the colors. If black is unbecoming to the wearer have the draped collar of silk. A tiny cape to match should be lined with the silk, and have a satin ribbon neck ruche. Such a gown may be worn the year round, in the house as well as on the street. It only needs a large black hat of leghorn loaded with feathers, and with a velvet flower under the brim to complete a striking and effective costume.

Click on this article's sections to view:

 Article Intro

 Names for the New Colors

 Combining the Shades

 Novelties in Dress Goods

 Novelties in Silk Fabrics

 Velvets and Velveteens

 Use of Combinations

 The First Fall Gown


Bibliographical Information:

Hooper, Emma M. "The New Colors and Materials", The Ladies' Home Journal, Vol. X, No. 10, September 1893, p. 18.

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