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SYLVIA'S LETTER.

"And ye sall walk in silk attire,

And siller hae to spare." THO HOSE who walk in silk attire now-a-days, must be sold at a very low price, and can be had either narrow

certainly have “siller " to spare; for though we or wide. For trimming collars and cuffs, nothing can be are constantly hearing that the reign of simplicity in better than this embroidery, as it washes perfectly. For dress is about to begin, all the signs of the seasons point children's dresses, it is also invaluable to those who are to the increase of elaboration. The perfection to which obliged to study economy in dress. Insertions and edgthe manufacture of silk can be brought, results in disgust- ings can be had to match each other. Everybody ought ing us with the inferior and cheaper productions of the to be glad to welcome this cheap trimming in these days loom; and, certainly, I would advise any girl who is about of rising prices. buying a silk dress to buy a really good one, for that is One of the most important articles of dress, for many the truest economy in the end. The Black Cachemire de reasons, are the corsets. With well-fitting corsets, a Soie, sold by Messrs. Hilditch, Silk Manufacturers, in good figure is at its best, and an inferior one is improved. Cheapside, though inexpensive, is excellent for costumes This is especially true of Izod's corsets, these being made and for dinner and visiting dresses; their poult-de-soie on the very best principles. They are moulded to the is thoroughly recommendable.

outlines of true proportion, and the bones are bent with So much for their black silks. A word about black the corset, so that they fit the figure at once, without silks is always acceptable, as no wardrobe is complete undue compression or inconvenience. Some of these without at least one of these useful, elegant, and econo- corsets are made in fifty different pieces, which will prove mical dresses, which look well until they actually wear that neither time nor trouble has been spared in producing into holes.

a really superior make. So perfect, indeed, is the fit The coloured silks of Messrs. Hilditch range through that Izod's corsets can be worn an inch less round the such an immense variety of shades and colours, that waist than any other kind, for the reason that in other merely to enumerate the names of these would occupy corsets, if the waist be small, all the other parts are small; the greater part of my letter. Some of the newest titles but in these full room is allowed for the play of the lungs are, Guxin, Frène, Russe, Havane, Améthyste, Lapis, and the development of the chest. Automne, Carke, Azur, Bois, Faisan, Tourterelle, Porce- The dress-improvers manufactured by the same firm laine, and Opal.

are also excellent, especially the latest novelty, which is Most of these explain themselves; but what words to be registered under the name of the Princess Collapscould convey the idea of some of the shades ? Quite ing Dress Improver. These are made in such a manner indescribable are a certain shade of chair, with real flesh- that they fold together into a very small compass, yet in tints; a soft, yet bright lemon colour, suggesting black wear they form a perfectly sufficient support to the dress. lace trimmings, and a dark-eyed and dark-haired wearer ; These are beautifully finished and are quite ornamental, a pale, creamy, stone-colour; a fascinating cau-de-nil; in white and pink, grey and mauve, etc. Some of their and the loveliest grey, with silver reflets.

varieties are well adapted for India and other warm counThese must be left to the imagination; and I need tries, being made of flounces of white lace bound with only say further, that the neutral fanés colours have it

pink and set into a plain band at the waist. These are all their own way, and are all manufactured in three, remarkably light, and yet effective. four, and five shades, like a musical scale.

Great as is the popularity of Judson's dyes, yet not What an improvement are these exquisite shades on sufficient is even yet known of their usefulness and the dead-and-buried greens, blues, reds, and yellows of applicability to ornamental purposes. I have lately seen some twenty years ago! The greens made us look yel. a beautiful design in seaweeds dyed in the brightest of low, the blues made us look red, the reds gave us a bluish pinks and purest of greens by the aid of these inexpenpallor, and the yellows were too yellow even for even the sive preparations. To those who are obliged, for economy's warm tints of our prettiest "nut-browne maydes.” Now sake, to turn and twist their garments again and again, we have changed it all ; and the pale, sad-looking colours on the principle that one good turn deserves another, brighten each other, instead of killing each other, as the these dyes ought to be invaluable. Many a piece of old-fashioned, positive colours did; and improve the ribbon or silk that would otherwise be thrown away, colouring of the wearer as well.

could be renovated and come from the dye-bath as good The great demand for the Excelsior Trimming is now as new. Many a feather that we consider scarcely worth equalled by that for the Beau Ideal Embroidery, patented paying for the dyeing of, could then be used over and by the same manufacturers. This excellent imitation of over again. In fact, a thousand little economies might Madeira work is finer in style than the Excelsior, and be practised in this direction, with the result of decreased more perfect in finish. Being made by machinery, it can expenditure, and at a cost of a very little time and trouble. I will wind up with a little bit of chit-chat which, though it comes rather late, may be interesting to some of our readers. At Mr. King's concert, on Friday the 29th of January last, Sir Julius Benedict played his

“ Where the Bee Sucks" for the first time for seven years. The instrument he used was one of J. Brinsmead & Sons' new Concert Grand Pianos, with the lately patented improvements.

SYLVIA.

Be sure

SOMETHING TO DO. THE "HE advertisements which continue to appear in the result in an income of at least two pounds a week. Cal

columns of town and country newspapers, announc- culating the commission at twenty per cent. (and I do ing modes of “adding to the income” without involving

not think it was nearly so much), one would have to sell anything derogatory to personal dignity or social position, point to a fact which has not, to my knowledge, been in

ten pounds' worth every week, in order to realize this

sum; so, to say the very least, one's parlour window any other way publicly recognized. That fact is, that

ought to be in a good thoroughfare! the young ladies of England are all, or nearly all, anxious

The lady or gentleman would also have to stay at to obtain employment of some kind, frequently with

home all day to attend to her or his customers at the remuneration attached to it. Many of the letters

parlour window. addressed to Sylvia contain questions on this subject, and

Enough of these absurd things. Let us try to strike therefore it has been thought that a series of letters on the

out something which will be really useful. English girls subject may prove interesting to “ Young English women."

often really long for occupation for its own simple sake. The advertisements I have alluded to would not continue to be inserted if there were not replies sent in

“Get work, get work !

better than what you work to get," safficient numbers to encourage the advertisers. I have

The had the curiosity to answer some of them, and some of

says Mrs. Barrett Browning, and she is right. my friends have confessed to me that they have answered

primeval curse has turned into a blessing. Really hard some. I say “confessed," because this is one of the things

work is a far less heavy burden than the miserable ennui that one does not like everybody to know about, because

which has darkened many a fine mind, and dulled noble everybody is so sure to say : “ You might have guessed

energies, ere now, like rust on a good sword. it was something absurd." And I am bound to say the

What would you like to do, then? You cannot spend answers were, in most cases," something absurd.” One

your lives counting the stitches in a fancywork cushion, reply suggested that potatoes should be bought at a penny

nor propelling the needle of your sewing machine up

and a pound, baked in an oven, and sold at the corners of

down long seams. If Sylvia could have her way, she the streets for a penny each. This, if I recollect aright, would have every girl's special talent (rearly every girl was to bring the speculator an income of a pound a

has a special talent) discovered and cultivated, dug out week. I do not remember that the preliminary advertise

like a diamond, and cut and perfected, so that every girl ment contained anything about the occupation not being

should be self-dependent, and if change and dark days derogatory to the position of a lady or gentlemen ; and it

should come, there need then be no weary struggle for was just as well.

daily bread, such as is going on in hundreds of cases at this Not so, however, was it with another, which

moment. There are gently-nurtured women in England announced a "perfectly ladylike occupation,” which would now, fainting and weary with the effort to keep soul and increase the income by two or three pounds a week.

body together, and yet keep up their position, which Ladylike appearance was necessary to pursue this trade, means that they must teach, or be companions, since which, when inquired about, proved to be as follows:

these are the only ladylike occupations that are open to The lady was to “introduce herself into drawing-rooms,'

women. And more than one-half of them are as unfitted to armed with a copy of a certain work, and try to per

teach as they would be ashamed to beg, and they know it. suade the lady of the house, or any visitors she might

If each had been taught to do one thing perfectly bave with her, to purchase a copy, and if she succeeded

well-had used her talent instead of burying it under a in selling one, she would pocket a handsome commission. heap of useless and electro-plated accomplishments, her

a charming way of making a living! Just way would be plain before her, and she would be saved imagine with what face a " ladylike person " could force: the misery of feeling that she has no course but to adopt her way into a drawing-room on such an errand !

a mode of life as uncongenial to her, as she is unfitted for it. A reply to an advertisement of another of these Can Sylvia help any one of our Young English dignified modes of adding to one's income, brought by

readers to develope her special talent? I can but try, retuin of post an offer to stock the parlour window of the and with this end in view, will give a few hints in our applicant with mock jewellery for the sum of five pounds!

next number on the initiatory processes of drawing on The commission on the sale of the jewellery was to

SYLVIA.

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