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SIMPLE LINES FOR CHILDISH
FIGURES IT MATTERS little how exquisite the material a mother may choose, or how beautiful may be her children, there is little to be hoped for in the final result if a certain childish simplicity of outline, a requisite neatness of finish and an almost total absence of elaboration be not adhered to throughout the wardrobe. More than ever are these points essential in kindergarten dresses for little ; ones. A black and white linen, , adorned with red, is peculiarly suited to the every day occupations. The material is staple, is becoming to all alike and will stand an in timate association with the washtub. The best of plain red percale has been used, in this model, for covered buttons and side belts. Red and white cotton braid sug gests long buttonholes, and a strip of more • ornate cotton braid in red, black and white supplies a front and back decoration, ex tending over the shoulders beside the bre tcllcs. The disposition of stripes in the , little sleeve is a noticeable feature: A sailor dress of blue linen suggests the regulation navy cut, although, it is .. belted arid box-pleated. There can be no more satisfying model than this from tl}£_ child's viewpoint, from the mother's and from the teacher's. The tub dress on the small child has become, to the sensible teacher, "a thing of beauty and a joy for ever." Scallops on white pique are possible when a not-too-heavy quality has been chosen. . All of the simple models cut over a normal pattern, and requiring a few.scal lops done by hand, may. be made of either -linen in its heavier weights or else pique. In these weighty qualities undue . orna mentation is avoided, gathfcrs are scant arid pleats are none too close, but they are highly satisfactory for better occasions and ; sensible for school. The pretty challis- — blue, with a white ; stripe — is a delicate little frock, not laun derable, but quite cleanablc. Its kilted skirt fastens beneath a folded -girdle of ' black satin, and the same material, run through black embroidered' eyelets, laces the side. Sleeves and bodice are tucked in an unusual way. The color and delicacy r ofiihe^ frock recommend it, even although; ' ic.ls'not one of the beloved rub dresses. - r* -'•-. V jfijid now the coats. Blue broadcloth, with foeaver collar and cuffs, suggests care, but few of the prettiest garments may be Thc/^San Francisco Sunday Call worn carelessly. For rougher usage are those heavier tweeds and serges. The coat in question is for "very best," and with it ranks another, that of rose-colored bengaline decorated with buttons and fas tened with a frog. Collar, lapel and cuffs are piped with' -bias silk, as is the belt, which appears only at the sides. Roses to match it in color make the black velvet hat more childish, and the pink facing and bow. add. color and elegance. It is not an easy matter to provide successfully for little girls of varying age and outline, but present-day garments reach more nearly the ideals *of the thoughtful than ever before.