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A PAGE OF INTEREST TO WOMEN. Tr?;V!fWr' JfetWMB IHHi A 1 . V, i Vs HL V . 'HIP. H, H,W i ' .. ' IP Mill 11 ! I" MISS MANHATTAN. NEW YORK, February 27th "You will be lifting your skirts from tho front Instead of tbe bacu as the fash ion Is now," was the prediction of one of our best dressmakers uttered not bo very long ago, and though women pooh-poohed the idea at tho time they are already be- ginning 10 una memseives in the position I of the matter Is that you will bavo to of being forced to abandon tbe old time j keep your hands, as well as your mind, graceful method of raising their trained entirely unburdened, except for this llft Sowna. lng process. Maybe after women havo Tho now fashion that calls for extra full bad a season or two of tbe full skirts they skirts Is entirely responsible for this will havo grown akllful. Let us hope so change and It's a wonder to me why any body with half an eye to artistic lines could ever bo persuaded to give up those long clinging sheath skirts that were eo universally becoming. But there Is no, use to wall over what cannot bo helncd. 1 Somebody started tho fashion of making j people look like their grandmothers, so we can only make tho best of a bad bar gain. If you notice carefully the women you meet on tho street you will see how amateurish somo of them aro ln tbe man agement of their eklrts. They haven't yet learned tbe new wrinkle which makes one (col rather foolish. In tho first place. If you want to lift your skirt according to accepted rules, you have to forgot all about the back ot It. leave It really to talto care of Itself, nnd fasten your mind on the front breadths of velvet or silk which must bo clutched In both hands a little above the knees, and 'hen raised slightly and drawn toward the front. If you are dexterous you may New Stocks and All tho latest models for Spring neck wear bavo tbo most astonishing bows under the chin, regular Kountleroy cnes, you might call them They aro tho tamo In silk as In cotton nnd linen and It lookB as though women had grown weary of narrow closefUtlug shaped bands with their Inconspicuous tabs and points. How tho majority of tho feminine population will tako to those exaggerated bows Is moro than oven nn expert on predictions can say. Their effect Is sometimes as tonishingly good and mako certain r.-ces loso at least live years, vhtlo others find them frightfully unbecoming. There Is always a plain fitted stock underneath and then tho bow Is fastsned on separately and tied with ono loop tnd two ends In front. Tho ends aro cut ln n point and If tbe material Is soft iliey fall rather gracefully, but ln taffeta and loulslno they stand out In a stiff und for bidding manner. There Isn't as much to rccommond this now neckwear as (no might wish. It's bunchy to begin with, nnd will bo anything but cool and com fortable with summer shirt waists. My opinion Is that the natty sailor blouse will havo overythlng It's way this coin ing season, and there will be no Ktlff bowed stocks seen with it. As It's r.amo Implies, tho sailor blouse Is loose and rather full, but not clumsily built, Kvory. thing about It from tbe trim button back cuffs mid yoke to tho collar and narrow four-in-hand tlea which should properly bo knotted sailor fashion, It Is tailor made, and smart. When mado of coarse v.bito vesting that has a silky flnlsb to be able to manage tbe back too, but Mm jcbancea are that this part of your gown win arag on me sireei or go uutterlng out In a most unruly manner. Now with both hands busily engaged In manipulating your gown, how are you ever going to carry an umbrella, a sun shade, a purse, unless It has a chain at tachment, or anything In fact? Tbe truth Oho dressmaker thinks she has hit upon a pretty good solution of the difficulty by I maklnc the dronsklrt walklnc Imeth. n I that, when milady essays to lift her yards and yards of dress she Isn't encumbered with an extra soparato lining. This obviates some of the difficulty, but not 1 all, and besides It looks a bit awkward to see this difference between the length! of the underskirt and that of the outer. Another very serious drawback to lift ing a full skirt Is that It makes a woman look dumpy. Now that shoulders are drooping and long, sleeves are extretaely full and waists blouse very much over broad belts that confine skirts which are apt to be thick around the hips, every lino tends to take away from tho height, so that when several yards of material are gathered together end bunched up Just below tbe waist, It Isn't at all sur prising that even a tall, slendor woman feels at least five or sir Inches shorter then she looked last season. the Sailor Blouse It, there could not possible bo found a moro generally becoming and a neater substitute for tho old starched affair that onco soemed the only garment for women to wear with separate skirts. Syrian Doilies. At a smart luncheon given the other day by one of Now York's famous host esses tho glistening Chlppcndnle tablo was partially concealed beneath a large centre squaro and several smaller ones of curiously woven fabric In which .oany colors were blended. Tbo guests innr veiled nt tho beauty of tbo tablo set, rnd ono who was n trlflo bolder than tho rest remarked about It. Tho dollies lojijod to bo solidly embroidered In long M)k stitches with rows of open mesh hero and thero, Just llko a Kls-Kcllm. nud all around tho edgo was a very short fringe, ovIdnnMy of tho foundation matorlnl. which did not show at all In the with llttlo knots and ends hero and Uiero of tho silk. Plnnlly tho hostess told nf cr aiscovery and since that day tho Syrian quarter of Now York has boen be sclgcd by brunthloss women bent on gct t ng moro of thoso centro pieces and dol Ins. Tho price- asked for thorn Is ridicu lously small in comparison with tho effect they produce, nnd tho suave Byilan es siires you that they aro mado ontlruly by hand. This, of course,-may bo doubtful, but it would take an expert to decido tho question. - - -- i hut fsii i vi jiv ,' tttj hi till i ' 1 f s j . 1 1 .ff m iiimirv v m. 1 . . " bo that 'o tall woman has had , y' and "ovr ner Rnlal,e'- s'stor 3 to I -"J"y an lnnlnR- but l wouldn't bo qul-o 1 safe to draw this conclusion. There Is ,00, mucb bcautv ln tl11 ta" willowy figure, , Jllnters are too f ,-nrl of lmmortallz- h,V uaV(! Dcr E out of stylo. Nn, such a fate Is not In s'oro for tho" woman of five feet eight, but one well nigh ns bad seems to havo swallowed her up ln tho 1S30 vogno. A pretty figure goes for almost noth ing nowadays. All this fulness of sleeve and skirts conceals every lino but a part, now and then, of the waist. It is really lamentable, but then It Is not our provlnco to discuss fashions, though we should bo forgiven for any lapse, especi ally when It has such a tremendous erfe:t upon tho looks and movemonts of woman kind. Thero Is one saving grace about this clumsy skirt lifting and posing, and that Is Its relation to evening gowns. Th?n of course tho slight dip ln tho back -aay look after itself and welcome, but if a woman lifts her arms just n trlflo, catches her skirt nt tho sides In tho very tlp3 of her fingers, and then holds her arm evor so little akimbo, thero cannot help being a suspicion, yes moro than n suspicion, of tho coquettish nnd tho picturesque in the effect produced. On the whole Its rather fascinating, ad almost reconcllss ono to accepting tho tylo with nil It's disadvantages for tho ako of this charm ing feature of it. Ono next looks expect antly for tho nppcaranco of high heels and buckles, laco mitts and htigo noko bonnets tied with strings. These may come, but until they do, lot us mako tho most of thoso protty largo hats nnd tur bans that wcro never moro bocomlng. What do you mpposo tho fashlonbalo woman has managed to do with her BtoleT Nothing more nor less than to wear it with tho two ends twl'tcd rround hor wrists cult fashion, nnd with tho loose ends loft to hang as thoy will, ny this clever llttlo arrangement It has enabled thorn to' find r.omo excuse for nllpplng tho stolo over their dccletto shoulders and winding It nround their baro arms In tho ovenlng. This fad probably originated with thoso lucky women who nro spend ing tho first part of tho year In southorn resorts. Nearly nil of them took their rmallor pieces of fur, r.n'. Just before they started away from Now York there was a renowed Interest In toles, especially those of ermlno. i'or ctrpot or carriage wear, when carrying n muff, tho stole 's hold In tho same manner, which after ill hns somo point to recommend It, for tho arms aro not encumbered, tho hands nro left free, nnd tho stolo doosn't get nn op portunity to blow nnd flutter about In a distracting way. Odd Novelties of All sorts of novelties may bo picked 1 up now If ono will spend the time to see't them out. That's the man point about 1 these llttlo tddltles and fads, ono must seek them and find them before others I do. I from the Orient corr.o tho matc.lalg for i a handsome work bag which was cleverly designed by nn American woman who knows her Chinatown thoroughly. There nro so many attractive articles that no ono knows what to do with or how to uo to bo picked up thore, that whenever something really useful nnd ornamental, llko tho novelty shown here makes Its ap pearance, thero follows a general rush to Mott street and the whole Chinese Sls- trlct. Our Feminine Fancy An embroidered silk cap. tho sort that Is worn by Chlneso merchants of stand ing, whoso rank is Indicated by the llttlo red button on tho top, forms tbe founda tion of this bag which may bo usod for any number of purposes, though It was orl' slnally intended to fill the place of tho old-fashioned work bag or box. Lavender brocado was tho material with which tho hat was rovored and besides tho narrow brocaded band on tbo extreme edge, thore was a black satin ono that mot the laven der. In tho front of tho hat and on tho pain silk was embroidered a crescent in gold thread. On tbo rim of tho hat was sewed tho circular part of a large bro caded green silk handkerchief, ono ot the sort that you can pick up for a very small Gallery of Beautiful Women. VZ3 13 sum If you don't let them raise tbo price on you. A circular hole large enough o fit the circumference of the hat brim was cut out of the centre of the silk square and this was neatly gathered to tho edge ot the hat. Then the four sides of the handkerchief were spread out and a gathering run round lust as If ono wcro Inscribing a circle, and through this was run some ot that flat black silk braid or cord which Chinamen uso to braid tholr queues. Two long lavender silk tassels fastened through fancy gold filigree ornaments and shoi.'Ing colored stone3, were caught to opposite sides of tho hat. So much liked Is tbo Oriental scheme of decor- on that card cases havo reccn'ly mado their appearance ln tho hsndi of some of our most up-to-dato women. One of these llttlo receptaclo3 for pasteboard was mountcl on tha outside with black taffeta on which was embroidered a largo dragon ln gold thread and with Jewelley eyes. Tho decoration folded on the upper side while the under ono was plain. The lin ing, too, was of silk, though of a bro caded pattern and thero wero two llttlo conpar' icnts cither sido of tho fold for cards and Mat trifles. I don't know when thero has been such an energetic Industrial spirit among the so-called society set as has been evinced lately slnco tho fad started for making one's own card case out of pieces of tbo gown ono likes l-est or out ot scraps of old brocade. Somo of tbo quaintest and prettiest little novelties havo boen pieced togother this way, and later mounted in gold and sometimes even In costly gems. Ono of tho largest silver and gold smiths hero Is laying In a supply ot fancy molro books and cases ln anticipation ot tho demand by tboso who haven't had the tlmo to fashion trifles for themsolves. A fow ' '"-.eso havo plain gold rims around the upper half of the case, other have diagonal ornaments of gold filigree, and several showed scrolls of precious metal while not a fow wcro daintily hand em broidered In colored silks. Ono can find beautiful pieces of old Japanese, Chinese or Bulgarian work, and It requires so llt- J2 Cjk&jrzjz: Jzr ,J2 J)jizrrxyr AJojzzz Ez2 tie that the material Itself Is not expn slve, and with a plain or simple lining It 1b quite easy to mount these casea ami finish them for oneself, that is. If tb person had a certain mathematical exact ness about her work and knows bow 14 Join pieces with a,' blind, but lasting Btltch. Bead work Is resorted to with verj good effect ln the fashioning ot these) little receptacles, and the variety ot do signs which might bo suggested or recomf mended Is so extensive that I can scarce-.-ly go Into details. Pompadour patterns, are very good, and the regulation Indian designs lend themselves admirably tot these objects. The bead affairs, too, can be mounted at homo. In tho first place! tho outer covering Is skillfully padded! and cut with tho greatest regard to exact-! noes. Then a flat bit ot lining silk 1 stretched over this and next two pieces;. that havo folded edges aro laid with this-,. part toward tho centre and tho two folds nearly two Inches arart. These form tha pockets. If another pocket or compart-i ment is desired then two shallower oiece3 of tbo folded silk may bo laid over thej former set. Tho silk Is turned neatly under all around tho edge. Just as therji outer piece has been turned, and if tho'l two sections match perfectly in Mzeji they aro next Bowed together with thojj tiniest of blind stitches. Thoso who are not eminently successful In this femlalno" accomplishment, that of sewing neatly,' usunlly have to resort to a narrow cord' or some fnncy binding to hide tha un sightly stitches. It would never do to havo them too obtrusive. The New Clas sic Wreath. Headdresses formed of leaves have boa among tho society woman's most cherish ed belongings, but for some time no- they have been considered Just a bit com men, and therefore not fn tho highest: favor among tho .weally smart women. Tho classic wreath, 13, however, nnlqua ln many ways, and happily solves thaj problem for tho young woman who caa . not, or does not want to, ornament aef head with flashing gems. It requires fcatu-es of an almost pur Grecian typo to wear the wreath traccesa, fully, to nil othors it Is extremely try ing. In tho first placo this wreath goes all around tho head without any break whatever. It is mado ot a single row o leaves vory much llko tbe laurel ones which crowned greater If not moro beaa tlful heads. Tho leaves Dt rather closely to tha head except Just In front whers they appear to stand up llko a tiara. If you wear your hair low la your neck, try It, or it it Is done la a certain way top such a wreatU will look well, but with tho hairdressers most cherished and, to his mind, smartest Iffure, never!