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THE WASHINGTON HERALD, SUNDAY MARCH 26, '15)11
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I I The first models that come to my notice were I u H
llNEN. that old aristocrat of the loom,
promises a -wider patronage tnis year umu
Prophets in the sartorial world predict
that linen coat suits and crowns -will be
introduced earlier in the season than formerly, dis
placing cloth costumes. Should an early spring
materialize, there is no doubt at all 'that the heav
ier linen weaves will appear on the street with the
first real "balmy day in April or May.
We have so accustomed ourselves to rushing the
seasons into each other that nothing seems sur
prising. Straw hats with velvet costumes in Jan
uary are no longer a novel tv though incongruous
and absurd'for a Northern climate.
The first models that come to my notice were
designed-for Southern wear and boasted of many
clever touches, also in the cut, which was fetching
A Frenchy little model which exploits the com
bination of two plain and striped materials shows
the newest phase of their development.
It was a 'coat suit in plain pink linen and white
linen striped in pink. The higli, narrow skirt of
striped linen was laid in very small finely-pressed
plaits. In the- centre of the back was a broad box
plait of plain linen. i
The short, striped coat dropped just a little be
low the hip-line in back and was slashed, the end
pieces being turned back to form a rever, faced
with pink linen. The fronts were sloped away,
fastening under one large button of plain linen.
The collar struck a very' novel note. - It was of
fine white eyelet linen in the form of a fichu, drop
ping mid-way' in back and appearing as a sailor col
lar in front ..
Vlth this chic costume was worn a pink chip
hat, small and close-fitting, with the broad, high
crown, massed with black violets, from the back
rose two high pink quills.
Very attractive are the suits of plain or striped
. linen with sailor cojlars large and small of moire,
satin or supple taffeta. Black on natural colored
linen is very good, but all fashionable shades are
modish. Sometimes the stripe is matched' in color
by the collar. One of this description was a nat
ural colored linen striped in ceil blue
A dressy air is given where the high skirts or
gowns with raised waistline are topped by little
short jackets of capricious cut, fashioned of satin
or taffeta. ,.
Forging their way to the front, are the etons
and boleros appearing on coat suits and costumes
in semi-princess, slyle. J . . . .
Here soutache braiding is effectively employed
in the form of sailor collars, cuffs, vest effects and
skirt borders. In some cases the entire Eton and
bolero are covered with soutache. Braided but
tons work in harmoniously.
A stunning gown in old rose linen had a cuirass
cleverly braided, -with the middle arm on the
sleeves left plain. A five-inch border swept around
A very smart costume was of "helio" linen com
bined with self-matching dimity in an all-over eye
let pattern. The high, narrow skirt was slashed
at the sides to show fine plaitings of the batiste.
The short-waisted peasant blouse was of batiste
with pipings and shaped pieces appliedof linen
The little Eton jacket hafl a deep sailor collar and
cuffs of Venise lace in cream color.
The rough straw hat accompanying this distinc
tive costume was massed with? pansies.
The first model is an embroidered linen. The
skirt is of deep 'flaunrimr with a pkm border.
The blouse, showing small, closely-fitting kimono
sleeves, has a very simple and dainty decoration
consisting of lines of embroidered dots and eye
lets alternating and forming a yoke. Through the
centre extends a row of linen buttons. Scarf of
satin with long ends closing to the left side.
Large hat of leghorn in new shape with aigrettes
massed directly in front.
The second model is a heavy weight linen. The
high skirt has a band of Guipure lace inlet at the
kheeline. A band of lace extends across the front
of the knee. The neck is cut round, bands of satin
extend over the shoulders, as small bretellesand the
same t decoration is employed for finishing the
waistline. Hats of crin, trimmed with roses.
The last model is a plain and dotted linen com
bined. This charming little gown shows that girlish
simplicity which was so much favored last winter.
The peasant blouse has its square neck outlined
with cotton cord tied tcr the left side.
The uoper part of the skirt is of dotted linen
close fitting with lower section of plain linen laid
Hat of .black strawwith wreath of field flowirt
around the .crown. , .