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This Seasons Blouse Fashions Emphasize Feminine and Very Dainty Styles
1 New Batistes and Sheers Best in Pink or White; Frilly Touches Seen . Few Tailored Models Shown;' Spring and Summer Clothes Worn for Local Displays By HELEN VOGT. Somehow the term “mouth-watering” always makes us thin* of strawberry shortcake and, right now, the blouse fashions of spring, 1940. Because, you know, the styles actually look good enough to eat and If you don’t think that they are important in the fashion picture, then you’re underestimating the style value of these accessories. For want of a better word, we'd call this season’s styles “pretty." They are very feminine, all-over tucks and lace and frills, with a delicate and fragile feeling throughout. Sheers and batistes have been the leaders and it’s apiazing to see the detailing that goes into even the most un assuming little style. Blouses are thoroughly “dressy," and one buyer explained that she has never seen a season in which less strictly tailored styles were displayed. This she attributed to the severity of suits, especially the longer torso line which almost requires a frothy Jabot or other frilly touch to relieve the stark simplicity. “For example,” shjj said, “we had a suit in the window of the store with a frilly blouse peeking out. and- the suit department told us that they had any number of inquiries about the ensemble. When we removed the elaborate blouse and substituted a plain one, the queries dropped off to practically nothing!” A good test for the importance of a blouse and an idea to keep in mind when purchasing. Pink and white have been the*-— lavored tones this season, and that, too, we believe, is because these delicate colors go best with the very fragile looking styles. Long flowing sleeves have been most im portant thus far, although the shorter type will no doubt come more and more into prominence with warmer weather. Another sur prising development has been the demand for piques very early in the season, and we saw some charm ing ones in gay stripes, polka dots and other interesting patterns. Organdies Now Being Shown. Starting about now. embroidered organdies will be particularly favored and there is much talk about nets, also. All through the approaching months, dainty, ultra feminine styles will continue in white and pastels. In the latter tones, one very special blouse is of crepe with hand loomed embroidery on the bodice, tiny Peter Pan collar and at the edge of the short sleeves. It comes in pale pink, blue, maize and white—and isn’t expensive. Will be wonderful all summer long with white suits, too. Another best seller which will do duty in the hot weather is a semi tailored spun rayon blouse widely striped in pale blue, violet, rose and other soft shades. It is long sleeved and washes beautifully which should make it a perfect accompaniment for slacks and skirts this summer. Both band bottom and tuck-in styles are available in many blouses —an added and thoroughly welcome feature. And we still say the collec tion is mouth watering! Report on Local Fashion Shows. One of the most novel and W’ell received fashion shows seen in many a day took place on Wednesday when Jelleff's presented a display of spring and summer fashions for juniors. Adding to the general at mosphere were lollypops and soft drinks, and crowds of the young set were unable, literally, to get into the packed theater to see the shows. But the huge number that did par ticularly favored red, white and blue street frocks; black and white checked costumes worn with red or Kelly green accessories; huge pockets on dresses; long sleeves; polka dots and a score of other outstanding fashion successes for the young set. Quite an occasion! That same evening, the American Red Cross sponsored something novel in the way of fashion shows with a display of bathing suits at the Shoreham. Kann’s put on the show and we need not tell you how successful the newest models for swimming and sunning were. On Thursday, Lansburgh’s pre sented three showings during the day—all of smart, washable frocks that you’d be perfectly happy in anywhere. Taken out of the ranks of “housedresses" were these good looking and well styled dresses that should prove a joy this summer— or all year ’round for that matter. Our usual double dose of luncheon on Saturday found us first at the Raleigh where Breslau's clothes were paraded to the entire satisfaction of the large crowd. Interesting were outfits of allotypes; interesting, too, were the Arthur Murray dancers with their always popular entertain ment between groups of really ex quisite fashions. The show on Saturday at the Shoreham literally went to the heads of aU concerned. Presented by Elizabeth Arden, it included not only a parade of fashions, but also a great deal of accent on the new coif fures of this season. Particularly interesting was a demonstration of coiffeur arrangement and adaptable hair styling. And we had thought that Easter would mark the slacken ing of fashion shows I Not so you can notice it! An Afternoon Model Has Soft Bodice Detailing By BARABA BELL. Here’s a charming way to make four silk print for afternoon and it’s not too dressy for general wear, either. Everything about it is soft and graceful—the rippling skirt, the shoulder shirring that co-operates with waistline tucks to make your bust look prettily rounded and the plain V-neckline that you can vary With flowers, brooches or white lin gerie touches. Pattern No. 1923-B has a delightfully tiny-walsted ef BARBARA BELL, WASHINGTON STAR. Inclose 25 cents In coin for Pattern No. 1923-B. Sise.-l Name_____ Address _ (Wrap coinS securely In paper.) feet and a ribbon belt to call at tention to the fact! Make this in time for your next afternoon date and see if you don’t have a particu larly good time every time that you put it on. This is ft lovely style not only for prints but for sheers like georgette and chiffon, in classic navy or black. It’s an easy design to make and includes a step-by-step sew chart. Barbara Bell Pattern No. 1923-B is designed for sizes 12, 14, 16, 18, 20 and 40. Corresponding bust meas urements 30, 32, 34, 36, 38 and 40. Size 14 (32) requires 3% yards of 39-lnch material without nap, iy8 yards of ribbon for belt. It’s ready! Barbara Bell’s new Fashion Book, with almost 100 sparkling new designs for after noon, daytime and sports! Lovely things for you and the children, all smarter than smart, exclusively de signed for you! Send 15 cents for it today! Spend less and still have all the clothes you want. Formula for Success... You just can't help admiring and being admired in a well-tailored dark suit, saucy jvhite flower hat and crisp organdie blouse. The latter very im portant accessory adds immeasurably to the success of any spring ensemble, and the wide variety of styles insures a perfect selection no matter what your needs. Differences Should Be Accepted No Two Children Are Really Alike, Not Even Twins By ANGELO PATRI. We cannot expect to have chil dren according to our preferrdtt patterns. We must take them as they come with all their failings and all their virtues on their heads. If one child is a musician and the next one tone deaf, and the parents want musicians, the difference in the children must be accepted and the tone deaf one protected from any criticism, even implied criti cism. That kind of difference is fixed, like the color of the eyes. Suppose one child is highly intel ligent and the next one markedly dull? That is a situation that hurts the father and mother, and the unfortunate child. Again, it must be accepted. Whatever spe cial help can be given the dull child is given, but all hope Of making him as bright as the other must be abandoned and that cheer fully for the child's sake. That difference, too, is set. One chird likes routine, another dislikes it. This makes living with one child pleasanter than with the other. Now that difference can be modified greatly. Routine can be established with a high degree of success even in children who dis like it because it is a mechanical process set by the clock. The rou tine will not affect the quality of the work accomplished during its influence to any great extent. Good work comes only when the spirit is willing and the whole being in harmony. But the routine may help in secondary fashion. Sometimes after the natural re sistance to disciplined work is broken down, the spirit warms to the task and a taste is formed for something that was disliked before. For that reason we use routine in all schools. It does help to modify differences in accomplishments that are dependent upon discipline. But basic differences remain as characteristics of children and they must be respected if we are to live in peace with the children and they with us. It is unjust to keep trying to force a personal pattern upon the lives of children. Each must fulfill his own pattern if he is to be a complete human being. Trying to make him into somebody else is painful to him and must in the end be disappointing to him who tried it. Another injustice that hurts chil dren in this field of growth is the implication that they are different from the good' members of their family. “You don’t look a bit like your brother,” brother being hand some and praised for accomplish ments. “Isn’t it funny you have such straight hair and your mother and sister have such beautiful curls? Funny, isn’t it?” Not at all funny to the child who is different. Per sonal remarks on children's differ ences, physical or spiritual or merely habitual actions are distress ing to the children who often react to them in terms of bad behavior. Sucli remarks are unworthy of in telligent people. Our duty to children is to help them make a good account of their talents and to disregard the differ ences that comparison with other children disclose. Dorothy Dix Says — Will Power Is Really Only Cure For a Woman Who Is Neurotic Dear Miss Dix: What can I do to change a bad disposition? I used to be a gay, pleasant, popular girl, but since I was married 10 years ago I have become mean. I don't know why, because my husband is a sweet, noble person who appar ently still loves me, though heaven alone knows why he does. I hate to spend money, although we have a good income. I bark at my two little boys, who are Just normal, playful, healthy, noisy children, and I am afraid that I am making them nervous with my constant nagging. My husband greatly resents my manner with them, yet will do noth ing to discipline them himself. Be fore I was married I was a copy writer in an advertising agency and loved it, being completely absorbed in it. I often long for the hustle and bustle of a busy office, but my husband would not want me to go back, as it i^ not necessary for me to work. I am not interested in ke?ping house and I do not care for club or organization work. I am physically well and strong, but in clined to be nervous, but what I need is a different point of view. How am I to get it? ANXIOUS TO CHANGE. Answer—A woman as intelligent as your letter shows you to be knows the answer to that question but lacks the courage to answer it hon estly and take the bitter medicine .it calls for to cure her. Nobody on the outside can help her. She has to help herself. She has to be her own doctor. No sur geon can cut out the selfishness In a self-centered egotist. No physi cian knows any drug that will soothe out the rough places m an irritable, high-tempered woman's disposition and make her sweet and amiable.1 The woman who knows that she is self-centered and shrewish has to eradicate her own faults by forcing herself to think of other people and shutting down her teeth on her nag ging and her sharp speeches. Evidently you are bored with your husband and children and home and want to get back into the business world. Well, you deliberately chose marriage as a career. Why can’t you be a sport and make the'best of your bargain? Lots of people have to do work that they don’t like, but if they have any real brains and intestinal fortitude they don’t smother themselves in self-pity and get morbid and neurotic as you have done. They quit looking over the fence into the green pastures beyond and do the work they have set their hands to do so well that they learn to like it. And believe me the new point of view which you are seeking lies right under your eyes, only you shut them and will not see it. It is to quit thinking about being happy yourself and try to make your hus band and children happy. For the only way we can ever find any real happiness is in doing our duty. Protect Your Chairs By BARONESS PIANTONI. A stitch In time saves nine. If you have a brand-new armchair, cover it with a. chair set to avoid wearing of the arms and bade. However, if the damage is already done, you can hide the worn spots with this same set. It is a charming morning glory design which will add to the beauty of your upholstery. To obtain this pattern, send for No. 1222 and'inclose 15 cents in stamps or coin to cover service and postage. Address orders to the Needle work Editor of The Evening Star. By FRANCESCA McKENNEY. OUR SCOUTS SUGGEST— That you get one of the crystal cylinder-shaped cigarette boxes that will hold the oversize cigarettes many of your guests enjoy smok ing. . . . If you want to tempt jaded ap petites at your next afternoon party serve smoked oysters. These may be purchased in tins. A new variety of crisples have a marvelous bacon flavor; they are guaranteed to be a sure-fire hit. . . . Wood-carving collectors would be charmed with a gift of one of the amusing hand-carved animals that are light as feathers and made of light wood with dark brown mark ings. . . . To complete your Victorian room, so much in vogue today, use one of the old-fashioned bouquets of arti ficial flowers, covered with a glass dome. . . . Odd pieces of Florentine silver always make welcome wedding gifts as well as silver anniversary pres ents. There are berry spoons, salad sets, tea strainers and many other pieces that do not have to match the flat silver or tea service. We saw one lovely tea strainer on its own little stand, with a com partment in the bottom to catch any drip. . . . The clock fancier can now start a miniature collection, which cer tainly should be good news and a lot of fun. These tiny clocks are copies of grandfather clocks, steeple clocks and many others. On the back of each is given the history of the clock, and the dates when they were first made. . . . A set of novel book-ends are made of gold-colored metal or chromium. A large crystal lily adorns each one. To make these book-ends “extra pretty” fill the lily with a variety of short-stemmed flowers. Your guests will be charmed with this arrangement. . . . An attractive ornament for your fireside or for the porch is a large white streamlined cat sitting on its haunches. . . . A dainty cigarette set for a girl’s room is made of Hungarian china with hand-painted flowers in many soft shades of blue or mulberry. The set consists of cigarette con tainer, ash receiver and tiny snuffer, resting on a tray. ... To give new zest to your French dressing, use creole spiced vinegar. Particularly good for avocado salad. . . . Manners of the , Moment For some reason I always have thr feeling that the person who Is always Insisting that she’s "up to her neck” is either trying to im press me, or else she’s terribly in efficient, And I can’t say that either state particularly rouses my interest or sympathy. In fact, the whole idea leaves me cold. Now if she’d say. "I can't have lunch today with you because I’m taking a parachute jump at noon.” I might perk up my ears. No doubt, I’d call he- the next day for lunch to see how the jump worked out. But when she just says “I’m up to my neck." my interest lags, and it’s usually two weeks or so before I call her again. And even then I do it with trepidation because I know I’m going to hear all the trivial de tails involved in being up to one's neck. Of course, she may be trying to steer me off. And if that’s the case, O. K. darling. You’re smart. JEAN. _ADVERTISEMENT. ITCHY-BURNING ECZEMA RELIEVED AND SOOTHED BY THIS MEDICATED FORMULA Don’t put up with this tormenting condition, when so quickly and inex pensively soothing Ramsdell’s Rita Sav will give you longed-for relief. Rita-Sav is a stainless, mild oint ment that goes right to work to quiet intense burning, tantalizing itching, and helps to heal the irritated skin. Not a mite of smarting or stinging either. Thousands have been helped with Rita-Sav. Try its calming relief tonight. At your druggists .. Quarreling and Sulking Sixth-Grade Behavior; Boredom Often Cause Boy and Girl Should Try to Avoid Trivial Bickerings That Harm Friendships By KAY CALDWELL and ALDEN HARRISON. You’ve all heard the whiskered wheeze about the man who liked to hit himself on the head with a hammer because if felt so good when he stopped. Well, in our opinion, that’s the explanation of a lot of boy-and girl quarrels. Frequently you fight merely because it’s so much fun to make up afterward. In other cases, bickering is a result of boredom. Jerry and Jennifer are going together pretty regularly, but because of Jerry’s financial con dition they don’t get around much. So, in spite of the fact that they are genuinely fond of each other, some of their evenings get rather long and yawny. And what happens? With a very human and youthful craving for excitement, one of them “starts something." It’s probably something ridiculously trivial to begin with, but one word leads to several hundred others. Before long Jennifer is snorting indignantly or blubbering moistly and Jerry is growling about silly females and banging the front door disgustedly behind him. The next morning they wake up to realize that they have a first-class misunderstanding on their hands. Jennifer can’t recall how it started, but she has a vivid memory of several perfectly loathsome things that Jerry said to her. The more she thinks of them, the more she is hurt, and me angrier sne gets, ane develops' an acute attack of feeling-sorry-for herself, and decides that Jerry is a dog. In the meantime, Jerry either re solves that he’ll never have anything more to do with women as long as he draws a breath, or else he promptly goes out and gets a date with the neighborhood’s most noted necker. Which makes things just that much worse. While this may seem pretty silly when viewed from a distance, it is very serious to Jennifer and Jerry at the moment. Usually they make up after a while, but in the mean time they are ill at ease, embar rassed, and unhappy. And they wonder how they should act toward the other party in the quarrel, and what they should do toward patch ing it up, if anything. The answer to the first question is "Peace, calm, poise!” Give your boiling anger time to slow down to a mere simmer, and root out that insidious self-pity. Think back over the quarrel, and try to decide— ' honestly, now—who was chiefly at | fault. Were You Partly to Blame? Granted that Jerry's remarks were rude, cruel and unjustified, how about the things you said to him? Wouldn’t they have made you wild, too? Or granted that Jennifer is a silly, illogical female, and that there’s no use trying to argue with a girl, didn’t you lay it on pretty heavily? Once you've reached that view point, it’s easier to take the first steps toward patching things up. Forget that “I’ll be darned if 111 apoligize!” attitude. That's child ish. If you were in the wrong, even slightly, you’ll be a bigger, more worth-while person if you’ll admit it. And you undoubtedly were at least partially in the wrong. Quar rels that are all one-sided are pretty rare. The minute you overcome your reluctance to say that difficult “I'm sorry” you've put the other person on the defensive. He then has an almost overpowering impulse to admit his share of the blame, too. All of his (or her) kinder, more generous feelings are aroused. And before you know it, the quarrel is over, and you’re in the delightful throes of "making up." Sulking Is Sixth Grade Stuff. But until that time comes, re member our “peace, calm, poise” suggestion. No silly vows that you won’t speak to him. It may be easier for you to avoid the other person as much as possible, but if you meet him or her, be politely friendly. Sulking is sixth grade stuff. Once the misunderstanding is cleared up. try to prevent more of the same. Watch for those moments when you and Jerry or Jennifer are getting bored and “touchy.” SURE DEATH TO ROACHES Peterman’s Roach Food is absolutely safe to use but is quick death to roaches. It lures them from their nests. Kills eggs, too. Effective 24 hours a day. 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