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Fig. 6.—Habit-shirt and chemisette, intended for dresses with rolling collars, or revers; its advantage over the usual form is the addition of the chemisette, which covers the chest quite to the throat, and is at once stylish, and safely worn by persons who are obliged to use care in the protection of the chest. It is one of the favorite shapes of the season.
Fig. 7.—Mathilda fichu, composed of white muslin, with wash illusion quillings. It is very simple, and suitable for a young girl; the slight fulness of the flnme insures R good fit on the shoulder.
Fig. 8.—A nice petticoat body for a little girl.
Fig. 9.—Little girl's walkingdress, made of buff pique, and trimmed with white braid.
A BEAUTIFUL MOSS BASKET.
The appearance of moss on the outside of ladies' baskets is produced by worsted of the same kind as that used for embroidery in worsted. Four or five shades of green, and as many of brown, in regular gradations, should be selected: the darkest shades of green being of an olive tinge, and the lightest of a yellowish hue, in preference to grass green, which has not the mellow autumnal tint of the colors before mentioiiHd.
One skein of each color is sufficient for a pair of baskets. The shape, or body of the basket, is formed of pasteboard, and is usually round or oval, and made with or without a handle across, according to fancy. The pasteboard shape is covered, inside and out, with green silk; and if it handle be affixed, it should be sewn on, outside, where the joining will be covered by the moss, so that the silk may appear neat within. The worsted of each color should be wound into a separate ball, and knitted, either flat or round, like a stocking; a piece of thread should then be passed, by means of a needle, through the last row of loops or stitches, and fastened at each end, in order to prevent the knitting from unravelling. The worsted should then be thoroughly wetted or soaked in warm water, and placed in an oven of gentle heat until perfectly dry. After this, the respective pieces must be unravelled and made up into small bunches, which are to be sown so thickly
ou the silk, with which the outside of the basket is covered, as to leave no apparent spaces between them. Each bunch should be composed of about three shades of color» made up in the following manner: The several pieces of knitting being selected, a few rows of each are to be unravelled, and all the ends being taken up at the same time, are to be held between the thumb of the left hand and the side of the hand, as low and near the joint as possible; the upper part of the thumb being then slightly relaxed, the worsteds are, with the right hand, wound round the thumb and finger of the left hand, like a figure 8, and held in that position while the middle, including the ends with which it began and left off, is sewed together with a piece of silk. The bunches should be placed in heaps, according to their respective shade, and sewn on the basket, according to taste, intermingling the hues, so as to avoid the appearance of formality.
LACE PATTERN IN APPLIQUE FOR NET AND MUSLIN.
(See engraving, page 24.)
This design, when worked, will be found extremely pretty for trimming an evening dress. Round the top of two low body, and for forming short sleeves, either to a light colored silk, or a dress made of any white material, with the ends of a ceinture to match, worked in the same pattern, completes a very elegant dress, fit for any evening occasion. A clear, but not too fine Brussels net should be selected on which to commence the work, aUd a fine muslin, or still better, a cambric, should then be laid evenly
over the net and tacked down at both edges and several places between. The pattern is then traced in soft embroidery cotton, and every line sewn over very neatly. The centres of the flowers are worked in solid spots On the net. All the intermediate parts of the muslin are then carefully cut away, leaving the pattern in the muslin. A finer embroidery cotton should be taken for sewing the lines over than that which is used for tracing the pattern. The outer edge should be finished with a line of fine buttonhole-stitch, as it requires to be a little stronger than the other parts. One of the sprigs would be sufficient to form the end of the ceinture.
TitESK little wreaths for the candles are quite eaT to make, and have a ve' prett. effect. We wss.e two pattern' both of which are equa'y 'mple