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May 1908

"Dainty Millinery for Little Folks"

New lingerie hat for a little girl.

 Children's hats are extremely dressy this season. They are frilly and fussy with laces and ribbons and adorned with daisies, forget-me-knots and other small blossoms peculiarly appropriate to little people. And besides these styles, intended especially for elaborate occasions, there are plenty of plain sailor shapes and round hats trimmed with scarfs for the mother who prefers simplicity in her children's head gear.

A sailor hat for a child, trimmed with a fancy striped scarf.


Straw hat trimmed with daisies and large bows of ribbon.

There are so many elaborate styles in lingerie hats, composed of white or colored lawn, mousseline de soie or linen. The moussine hats as shown in the very latest models imported from Paris, are trimmed with garlands of roses with foliage surrounding the crown, or have artistic rosettes of ribbon mixed with bunches of small flowers, or, instead of the rosettes, a large chou of taffeta or mousseline matching the color of the flowers, placed at one side.

Black lingerie hats are the very latest Parisian fad for children, but it is not expected that they will take well in this country.


Pretty bonnet effect- the latest thing from Paris.


Then there are hats of coarse colored straw in small cloche or modified bonnet shapes, or in some one of the many round shapes that are so very becoming to children's chubby faces. The trimming of many of these hats is extremely simple, often consisting merely of ribbon in the form of big bows, rosettes or pompoms. They are intended for hard service and everyday wear, so an elaborate style of garniture would be entirely out of place.

For spring, silk hats are decidedly the fashion. These are constructed of tussah or other thin silk fabric stretched over a wire shape. On the brim the material is usually shirred, but the crown is always plain. A bright colored feather or rosette of flowers trims the hat, and the brim is often lined with the same color as the trimming.

A feature that is meeting with marked favor this year, as it was last year, is the introduction of the Tuscan straws, both in baby bonnets and children's hats. Bonnets modeled of the Tuscan straw can be worn by a six-months' infant with as much comfort as those made of silk or lawn. They are fashioned to simulate the baby bonnet, with the braid sewed together to form one piece around the head. They have a soft lining, such as China silk, messaline or chiffon, and are daintily trimmed with a ruching around the face. Ribbon rosettes, and in some instances tiny rosebuds or forget-me-nots, are employed on the top of the bonnet. For older babies, the Tuscan straw hats are introduced, modeled in Dutch bonnet effects, pokes, etc., daintily trimmed with ribbons, chiffons, mull, messaline and flowers. Black velvet ribbon is often used. With the costly Tuscan straws ostrich tips are used.

Some very pretty styles in children's dresses have this season been bought out. They are made of light-weight woolens, in serge, Oxford, mohair and such like fabrics. There are also checks in soft shades of brown and gray, and some very attractive designs where irregular checks on white grounds are worked up in black alone or black and gray. Children's dresses of this material, Parisian modistes always trim with black.

The touch of color as trimming or forming the pattern of the dress is very fashionable this year. For instance, a white lawn dress- made in one-piece style, having long waist and short pleated skirt, the joining being hidden by a belt- has the collar, cuffs and belt made of blue lawn. Another, made of a floral-printed cotton, has trimmings of harmonizing cotton material.

In colored dresses of printed cottons, embroidered materials, ginghams, calicoes, etc., laundering is not necessary so often as with white, and parents find that it is economy in the long run to have a few of these models in their children's wardrobe.

Bibliographical Information:

"Dainty Millinery for Little Folks", McCall's Magazine, Vol. XXXV, No. 9, May 1908, p. 673.





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