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DRAMATIC AND MUSICAL NOTES.

AT the Holborn Amphitheatre Mr. Hollingshead has is well put on the stage, but there is much in the piece

revived the “Maid's Tragedy” of Beaumont and that is in questionable taste. At the Vaudeville “Our Fletcher, with Mr. Creswick, Mr. Pennington, and Miss Boys” is drawing good houses; and at the Olympic Leighton in the principal characters. The revival of this the “Two Orphans" appear to have lost none of their fine old piece should prove very attractive.

popularity. There has been a change at each of the theatres under The period in the theatrical season that follows close Mr. Chatterton's direction. At Drury Lane the grand upon the withdrawal of the Christmas pantomimes, is spectacular drama of “Rebecca,” adapted from Scott's usually more full of interest than any other. The pre"Ivanhoe,” has been brought out again, with all the sent year shows no exception to this rule. During the brilliancy and splendour of scenic effect which charac- whole of the past twelve months, there has not been a terized its original production; the two grand scenes of time when the London theatres, all round, have prothe Battle in the Ruins, and Robin Hood with his merry vided such an embarrassing choice of first-rate performmen in the greenwood, are still among the chief ances. Seldom, during our recollection of things attractions of the piece, and serve to display in a very theatrical, has there been such a number of pieces going striking manner the astonishing capacities of the house, on simultaneously that will amply repay sitting out to the and the enormous number of the staff employed. The fall of the curtain, and it is most cheering to the lovers of the part of Isaac the Jew, originally played by Mr. Phelps, drama, in the midst of all that we hear talked about of the is now taken by Mr. James Fernandez, while the part of decay of theatrical taste, both before and behind the curthe heroine falls to Miss Genevieve Ward. The open- tain, to find that this is the case to note, that we have actors ing of the Christmas pantomime is played as the after- and actresses too who are capable of something better piece, in which the Vokes family are, if possible, funnier than senseless burlesque or questionable opera bouffe, and than ever.

At the Princess's “The Lancashire Lass” that there are audiences to be found who will appreciate has been revived, and for those who like a realistic sen. and listen with pleasure to a good play well acted. sation piece, powerfully acted, here is a treat. For our- Foremost among theatrical managers to feel the pulse of selves we cannot help feeling that the play is decidely an the public taste, and note its improved condition, is Mr. unsatisfactory one; the story is wildly improbable, every- John Hollingshead, who at the three theatres which thing being sacrificed for the sake of sensational effects acknowledge his sway-the Gaiety, the Opera Comique, and strong situations, and the characters are altogether and the Holborn Amphitheatre-has just produced a trio about as unloveable specimens of humanity as one could of pieces of the very best and most interesting kind, old find. One can feel no sympathy with any one of them. standard plays revived, and has so cast them as to insure The play has, however, the advantage of being remark- their being acted at least with care and intelligence. At ably well acted, Miss Lydia Foote, Mrs. Alfred Mellon, the Gaiety, indeed, one would hardly have expected such and Messrs. Emery, Belmore, Shore, etc., being in the a change. The "Merry Wives of Windsor," admirably cast. At the Adelphi “ Uncle Tom's Cabin” has been acted, by an unusually strong company, was attractive revived, and though it will hardly excite the interest enough to have held the stage till Easter, or even longer, which was attached to it when originally brought out, it had such a policy been deemed desirable. But by subhas sufficient intrinsic merit to warrant its reproduction. stituting the “Midsummer Night's Dream," Mr. HollingsAt the Globe, “ Lady Audley's Secret” has been revived, head was able to keep an equally good programme, and with Miss Louisa Moore in the character of the heroine. also to strengthen his company at the Opera Comique, as We are glad to see this young lady back on the London notably in the case of Mr. Cecil, whose Dr. Caius, in stage; she has been away for some years, and has returned the “ Merry Wives,” was one of the best acted parts in to us greatly improved. Mr. Lionel Brough takes the part the performance. It will be strange, indeed, if the of Luke Marks, and Miss Kathleen Irwin that of Phæbe. “ Midsummer Night's Dream” do not prove a strong The famous burlesque of “ Blue Beard,” with Miss card at the Gaiety, for there are some unusually good Thompson as the principal attraction, still flourishes, and points about it. First and foremost, of course, is Mr. the songs and dances seem to win more and more Phelps's inimitable performance of Bottom. Most applause every night the piece is played.

theatre-goers are familiar with this magnificent piece of At several of the theatres the bills are unchanged. acting from the comparatively recent performance at the “Hamlet” still fills the Lyceum. Mrs. Bancroft has Queen's, and it is enough to say that Mr. Phelps acts the had no occasion to withdraw "Sweethearts" from the part here with the same marvellous humour as distin. stage of the Prince of Wales'. The Royalty has opened guished it there. Now, as then, Bottom's awaking with under the direction of Miss Dolaro, with Offenbach's the sort of dim distant idea of the ass's head that has sa “ La Perichole." The music is bright and pretty, and it. recently adorned his shoulders, is pourtrayed with a care

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which almost errs upon the side of too great elaboration. But Bottom is not the only attraction in the piece. The clowns are all good, Mr. C. Lyall's face of abject terror, as he mangles his prologue before the Duke, and Mr. Righton's look of utter silliness, when, as Flute, he personates the heroine Thisbe, are in themselves worth a visit to the Gaiety. Miss Marion West makes a really charming Puck, full of grace and brightness, while the mischievous elfish side of the character is never lost sight of. Miss Loseby makes a superb Oberon, and sings the music set down for her with all all her well-known ability, and Miss Ritta is a most dainty Titania, followed by a band of fairies worthy of their queen; while the bewildered and bewildering lovers find able representatives. One thing, however, and that an important one, calls for improvement. Hardly any of the actors, except Mr. Belford, who plays Theseus, appear to have any idea of the exquisite beauty of the lines they have to speak. The lovely poetry in which Shakespeare here seems to revel should be treated more reverently. At all events, it should be spoken distinctly. The scenery and appointments are sufficiently good, and the dresses are tasteful, and the musical embellishments, both vocal and instrumental, are most charmingly given.

'She Stoops to Conquer," at the Opera Comique, is supported by a very good company. Mrs. Kendal makes a capital Miss Hardcastle, and keeps up the fun of her assumed character of barmaid with the greatest spirit. She is ably seconded by her husband as young Marlow, and by Mr. Cecil, whose Tony Lumpkin is thoroughly original in conception, and full of humour. The old couple, Mr. and Mrs. Hardcastle, are most ably represented by Mr. Mackan and Mrs. Leigh.

The musical season is fast attaining its full development. The Crystal Palace Concerts, and the Monday and Saturday Popular Concerts, after the usual Christmas recess, are now in their full vigour. Mr. Henry Leslie's first concert took place on the 18th of this month. The Philharmonic and the British Orchestral Society have each put forth their programmes, and the season of benefit concerts is almost upon us.

Soon we shall have the culmination in the opening of the two opera houses, and Mr. Mapleson will commence his farewell season in the Drury prior to the opening of his grand lyric temple on the Thames Embankment.

Two deaths darken the opening of the musical season. One is that of Sir Sterndale Bennett, the greatest English composer of our time; the other, Signor Agnesi, whose talent and versatility had gained him wide popularity as a singer. The remains of the great English composer found an appropriate resting-place in Westminster Abbey, by the side of his tuneful predecessors, Purcell and Croft, and were followed thither by a vast throng of the lovers of sweet sounds. Though his later years had brought forth little fruit in the way of composition, Sterndale Bennett was never dethroned from the proud place he gained when a mere youth, and there is no one among

us who can fill it. Due homage was paid to his memory at the Monday Popular Concert of the 15th inst., when the first part of the programme was occupied by selections from his works. At the opening concert of the British Orchestral Society a similar tribute is to be paid, and we shall have an opportunity of hearing some of the orchestral music by which he won his earliest and greatest fame. The Crystal Palace Concerts still retain their pre-emi

The band, from constant practice and playing together, is at the very highest point of excellence, and each concert brings forward something interesting. Thus, the concert of the 15th was marked by the re-appearance of the great violinist, Herr Joachim, who gave, in magnificent style, Spohr's concerto No. 6, and a Notturno in A of his own composition, for violin and small orchestra. Another interesting item in the scheme was Bach's suit for orchestra in C, while Beethoven's B flat symphony served as the piece de resistance, At the following concert, Herr von Bulow was the solo instrumentalist, and he introduced a concerto by Moscheles, in G minor, which has for some time been neglected, but which we may hope soon to hear repeated. Another interesting feature was a suite de piens by Lachner, a composer whose name is somewhat unfamiliar here, but whose power is unquestionable. The scheme also included the usual proportion of recent music. Beethoven's picturesque" Egmont” overture, and Mendelssohn's “ Melosine."

The Sacred Harmonic Society gave a remarkably interesting concert on the 5th; the programme including three important works widely different in style and character. These were Mozart's First Mass, Spohr's “ Christian's Prayer," and Mendelssohn's "Athalie.” Of these the first and the last came in for the largest share of public favour. Both are tolerably familiar, and though the Mass is somewhat wanting in grandeur and solemnity, its tunefulness recommends it to everyone, and the “ Agnes Dei,” which it contains, is one of the accepted gems of sacred music. Sung with exquisite taste by Miss Edith Wynne, it proved the most attractive item in the concert. The success of the “ Athalie" music was owing chiefly to the band and chorus, who were thoroughly well up to their work, and were directed with unusual ability by Sir Michael Costa. The principals seemed to want fire and animation, but the spoken lines were very finely delivered by Mr. Ryder, one of the few among our living actors who know how to declaim blank verse. The “Christian's Prayer" has never been a great favourite, and on this occasion it fell somewhat flat.

The new series of concerts which has been commenced since Christmas at the Albert Hall, promises to be more successful than the gigantic scheme which last autumn was put out by Messrs. Novello and Co. The concerts are now only two in each week, a popular ballad concert being given each Saturday, the other concert being alternately of classical and oratorio music.

OUR WORK-ROOM.

RULES AND REGULATIONS. All letters re- old? 3. And how to make a print walking to cut the silk much, as it was new last Easter, quiring answers in the following month's issue dress for the same? 4. Ellen has a plain black Would feel greatly obliged if her questions could must be forwarded to SYLVIA, CARE of EDITOR,

silk long skirt, quite new, and seven yards of be answered in the March number, as she wishes before the fifth of each month. 2. All letters asking questions should be

silk by her for bodice. What would Sylvia ad- her dress made up for Easter. She is of medium written on one side only of the paper, and a

vise to make it a handsome dress for best ? 5. height and dark complexion. Minnie has taken space should be left for each answer.

Have I written according to the rules? (1. You THE Young ENGLISHWOMAN several years, and 3. In writing for advice as to the making up

must take the silk entirely to pieces, picking out likes it exceedingly. This is the first time she and altering of dresses, it is advisable to men

all the threads. Then sponge every piece tho- has troubled Sylvia. Is this letter addressed protion height, complexion, and colour of hair, in roughly in clean water in which you have dipped perly; if not, how ought it to be? [You do not order that the best combinations of colour may the blue-bag pretty freely. Fold the pieces say how your skirt is trimmed, or if you are wearbe given

smoothly, roll them in a clean cloth, and next ing crape. If not, a wide simulated revers in 4. Photographs sent for this purpose can- day iron them carefully on the wrong side-chat black velvet, put up each side of the front not be returned, unless accompanied by a is, the worse side. Hang them on a clothesstamped directed envelope.

breadths, and getting narrow at the top, fastened No charge is made for replies to any ques

horse, not too near the fire, until they are tho- back with jet buttons, would add to the width. tion in the Work-room: it is open to all comers,

roughly dry. This process will renew the black If you do this, you must trim the sleeves with and all are welcome.

better than anything I have ever seen tried. velvet, and have a sleeveless velvet jacket, which Make up the skirt, and if your flounces are not will hide the worn portions of the body. Your

too shabby, put them on as before, as the marks letter was addressed quite correctly.] M. B. would feel obliged to Sylvia for her of the stitches will not come out. Perhaps if MARJORIE would be obliged if the kind Editor, help. She has a lavender silk dress, train, and they are freshly hemmed, or pinked out again, or or any other friend, would inform her the way to very much gored, a tight body and tight sleeves. bound with the velvet, which may be too shabby clean a white fur jacket. She has got one of themi, What can she do to make it fashionable and hide to lay on flatly again, they would do. If the and it is soiled very much. Would you please to the soiled body-not for full evening dress, but velvet is too shabby, and you do not wish to go to answer it in your next month's magazine. Maras useful dress for dinner or evening? M. B. is the expense of buying more, make pleatings or jorie is very much pleased with the magazine, and not in mourning; she has had the dress for some bias folds of the pieces you have by you, and put

looks forward to it every month with pleasure. years, and wants some way of wearing it out. them on with narrow jet trimming, which you [You can have your jacket cleaned for 3s. You Height, 4 feet 5 inches ; bair, auburn ; com- can buy for is. 4d. the dozen yards. If you find could not clean it at home.] plexion, fair. [Wear a beaded lace cuirasse and the silk too shabby for daylight wear, make it BEATRICE has a long white Japanese silk, tunic over the dress. Cut the body en cæur. Cut evening length by adding a piece of any black stuff with high bodice; the skirt made with an imita. the sleeves short to the elbow, and trim with you have by you to the top, trim round with tion kilt frill, 64 inches front, 13 inches back, deep beaded lace and black net. Wear very pale flounces, put on with jet, using part of the tunic four box-pleated headings, also revers from the mauve bows of a shade that will go with the for these, and reserving part for making your knee to the waist. The length of the train is colour of your dress. ]

sleeves wide from the elbow. Cut the body 70 inches. Could Sylvia kindly suggest any way Phillis would be glad if Sylvia will kindly square or en cæur, and wear with any light tunic of converting it into a walking dress ? Beatrice is tell her how to put the down into the petticoats. and body that you have, for dinner or evening. 5 feet 6 inches, good figure, brown hair, dull comA friend has some white down from Russia, and 2. A child of four ought to wear a cape or jacket plexion ; suits green or violet. [Cut the skirt wishes to know if it will answer for a petticoat. of the same material as her dress. 3. I must walking length, and put on the kilt pleating I read in last number that a person sent to Edder- refer you to fashion plates and articles. 4. Your again. Of the pieces you cut off the train, make ton for ferns, and her letter was returned. I wrote, dress will not be handsome without a tablier, and the front breadths gathered, putting black velvet sent six stamps, and had a nice bundle of ferns seven yards will not be sufficient. Why not trim bows between the gathers of the remaining and bundle of heather in a few days afterwards. the skirt handsomely with the seven yards, and pieces. Make a double quilling, which place [Prepare the lining and outside, tack both together braid yourself, or get braided for you, in beads or round the skirt above the pleating, with a row of at the bottom. Lay on a table with the inside otherwise, a handsome cashmere tablier and velvet between the two edges of the quilling. For downwards, place a layer of down about three basque bodice ? Madame Goubaud, of 30, Hen- the tunic and sleeves, get white Japanese silk with inches wide, fold over the outside upon it, and rietta Street, Covent Garden, will supply the white satin stripes. Make it open in front, and run the outside and lining together, repeating this patterns. 5. You left no spaces for answers to trim sides of front with the revers off your long process until you have the down as high as you your questions.]

skirt. Bind the revers with black velvet, and wish to place it. The down from Russia will do.] Will Sylvia kindly answer PRIMROSE the fol- fasten back with black velvet buttons. Trim

LITTLE NELL wishes to know if she could lowing questions?-Would a cloak of black velvet the tunic round with quilling and velvet similar wear a beaded polonaise this spring, and if it or velveteen be considered heavy-looking for a baby to that on the skirt. If you make your tunic would be fashionable ; also, where she could get during the summer months ? (Very.] I wish to with ends, trim them with black velvet and black a pretty pattern for her polonaise. Little Nell trim the said cloak with point lace. Will you

silk fringe. If you have not enough pieces to does not know if there is any charge made for please suggest one or two other fabrics, besides put a quilling round the tunic, trim with black answering questions. Will the Editor kindly give those mentioned, upon which such trimming velvet and white goat-hair fringe. Sleeves must the information required next month? (Yes. would prove effective ? (Cashmere or merino be of same material as tunic, and trimmed with Madame Goubaud supplies paper patterns of all would be the only suitable ones for a baby's cloak.] cuffs of the skirt material, bound with velvet, and descriptions. See price-list on pattern sheet.] What colours besides black would look well with buttons like those on the revers. With

ELLEN would feel much obliged to Sylvia if trimmed with white lace ? [Blue, violet, or pink, this, wear a black velvet sleeveless jacket. This she will answer the following questions-1. What always supposing you refer to a baby's cloak. Pale costume would be suitable only for flower shows, can she do with a shabby black silk short walking blue would be the prettiest.]

garden parties, etc. If you wish to make it still dress, to make it tidy for the spring. The front MINNIE would feel greatly obliged if Sylvia brighter, you could have coloured velvet, width has five narrow frills, above each frill two would kindly advise her what to do with a black or blue, but black would be better taste.) bands of black ribbon velvet i} inch wide, plain silk walking dress she has. It has been spoiled in Beatrice is having a black velveteen polonaise back ; tunic open in front, one frill round and one the making. Is much too narrow round the dyed brown ; what should she trimjit with ? band of velvet; plain bodice, with large coat bottom of the skirt. Minnie has a panier and [Brown silk or satin, and fringe.] sleeve, trimmed with velvet. It is not worth body, with coat sleeves of the same.

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E. M. would be greatly obliged if Sylvia would going to much expense. The skirt has never is much damaged under the arms. Can Sylvia advise her how to alter a dress of enclosed patbeen turned. I have several odd pieces of silk. advise any plan by which the skirt could be made tern. It has been made several years, but has Ellen is 5 feet two inches, clear complexion, to look wider-Minnie does not care for frills- not been much worn. It is made quite plain, bright colour, brown hair, 2. Also, what would or if not, what must she do with it? She is in with tight-fitting bodice and train skirt. It has Sylvia advise for the shoulders of a girl four years mourning for a brother. Minnie would not like no tunic or trimming, except two long sash ends,

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edged with fancy gimp same colour. Preferring me, as I am my own dressmaker, and not par- crape, but you can prevent its being further spoiled a quiet style of dress, would like it toned down ticularly skilful. Height, 5 feet 6 inches. [Have by not breathing on it.] Will Sylvia also inform with a dark colour to make a useful walking a sleeveless basque jacket of velvet or cashmere. Leonora if she could possibly have a quilted satin dress, if that mode is not quite out of fashion. Madame Goubaud, 30, Henrietta Street, Covent skirt dyed black, and if so, where would be a 2.M. is of moderate height, slender figure, with Garden, can supply the pattern. The cashmere good place to send it? (Pullar and Sons are dark hair and pale complexion. [If your dress will look very well braided or beaded.]

good dyers, but I do not think you could have is not gored, you might get enough out of the Mary Isa writes-Seeing how much you the skirt dyed without taking it to pieces.] skirt to make a tablier. Trim the skirt with benefit your correspondents in THE YOUNG ENG- BEATRICE C. would feel obliged to Sylvia if velvet of a darker violet than the silk. What LISH WOMAN, I am induced to write for advice. I

she would kindly give her a little assistance. you cut off the train might make a kile pleating have a dress (pattern enclosed), which has been How could she alter her dress to make it look for the skirt. Trim the tablier with the same,

little worn.

Do you think it will be suitable for more fashionable (pattern enclosed)? It is and have velvet ends at the back trimmed with me? I am about twenty-eight, 5 feet 4 inches walking length, has three slightly gathered a tiny pleating of the silk. If the body is worn, in height, stout, and fair. I have the idea that flounces at the back six inches deep, and three wear velvet sleeveless jacket; if not, trim with it is too old-fashioned for me, but if you think puffings the same width on the front breadth, velvet to match skirt. If you could manage that a young lady might wear such a dress, will with a narrow pleating on the top, rather scanty enough pieces for basques, it would be well. you kindly tell me how to make it up, either for tunic, open in front, trimmed with Yak lace They would have to be put on with a belt. As house or out-of-door wear? It has a plain skirt three inches deep, and narrow trimming of a you are dark and pale, relieve with knots of pale and waist ; the skirt is I yard 7 inches long, 4 darker shade ; jacket bodice, with coat sleeves, mauve ribbon at throat and wrists.]

yards 12 inches wide, and no gores. [Your dress trimmed with the same. Beatrice C. does not SOPHIE would feel much obliged to Sylvia if would look very handsome and fashionable if want to buy anything, as she does not think it is she would give her some directions as to what made as follows :—Make front breadths of plain worth it. [As you do not wish to buy anything, could be done with a dress of the accompanying brown silk, shade of sprig in gores, gathered all I do not see how you can make your dress more pattern. It was made about six years ago, and the way up. Put the back breadths in in four fashionable, except you have some dark brown has a plain tight body and very wide skirt. The large folds at the waist. They must be gored. silk or other material that would make a tablier three back breadths are ungored, and it has been Trim up sides where your silk meets the brown and trim the skirt. Your scanty tunic would very little worn. Will Sylvia kindly tell her silk gathers with a close pleating six inches wide, then trim the tablier.] Also, what would be what to trim it with, and how? It is for a lady made out of your front breadths. Trim sleeves most suitable for dresses for confirmation (not of about sixty, pretty stout, and tall. It is in- with close pleating of the plain brown silk. Wear muslin), as they will be trimmed with embroidery tended to be worn in spring and summer. Sophie with pale blue ribbon.] Have I addressed this next summer, and how should they be made? will feel so much indebted to Sylvia if she will letter right? [Yes.]

[White cashmere or alpaca ; but you cannot trim give her directions in the next month's maga- Map will feel obliged if Sylvia will answer these materials with embroidery ; only muslin, zine, so that she may be able to alter the silk to the following questions in the March number- French cambric, and lawn dresses can be trimmed a useful dress, and she will be glad to get what- Map has a violet silk dress (pattern enclosed),

with it.] ever additions Sylvia suggests. [I should make which she wishes to turn and make up in a KITTY asks—What bonnet shapes will be very little alteration in the style for a lady of that fashionable way. The skirt is five yards wide worn this spring ? She is now wearing a square age. Gore the three back breadths slightly. and rather long, with narrow flounce, but no crown. [A great variety.) If puffed crowns Perhaps one could be spared to make simulated panier, and the body is cut in V-shape. Map is will be worn ? (Yes.] What colour bonnet basques and pleated trimmings round body and thirty, rather fair, and of middle height. She would Sylvia suggest to wear with dress (pattern sleeves. Trim all the way up the front breadths will feel grateful for Sylvia's advice. [Turn the enclosed). Kitty has fair complexion, light hair, with rows of velvet and black Yak lace placed skirt, and wear with tablier and fichu of beaded and is rather tall. [Dark and light blue, with across, and fastened at each end with a silk lace, plain lace, or puffed tulle with jet between dark brown foliage.] Kitty would like to know button. Trim basques with same, and supple- puffs. Trim V-shaped neck with handsome what would be nice to trim a black cloth jacket ment silk pleatings on body and sleeves with white lace or pleated tulle, with puffings of black with. It has been worn for mourning, and is velvet.)

tulle.] What is the prettiest and most useful now trimmed with crape. [Black silk.) Has Louisa would be much obliged to Sylvia if she style for making frocks for little boys aged three Kitty directed right? [Yes, but forgot to leave could let her know how to make the clothes for a and four ? Map does not like tunics, and sailor space for answers.] Would it be troubling Sylvia Japanese doll. Louisa has had one for some time, suits, etc., are too old-looking, as the children are too much to ask for a little advice as to how she but has not been able to dress it for want of a rather small. [Little drawers made rather tight, would dress a little girl four years of age this pattern or guide of some sort; also for sandals. with loose jackets caught in with a belt and spring ? She has fair complexion and light hair. Louisa would also be glad to have a description made high in the neck, with pretty embroidered [Must refer Kitily to dress articles and fashion of the pincushion doll represented in No. 12, collar and coloured tie, look very well.]

plates.] Vol. v. [Get some brown cloth and some dark META would be much obliged if Sylvia could Alice B. will be very grateful for Sylvia's chintz. Make a pair of full drawers drawn in tell her of any way in which she could alter good advice. Alice has a nice black silk walkat the ankle of the chintz, Make a loose coat these two dresses (patterns enclosed) either into ing skirt. Could she wear with it a cashmere with sleeves of same, trimming all round with a one dress or two. They are both made with quite tunic and sleeves, and black silk sleeveless jacket? band of the brown cloth. This coat is fastened plain skirts, jacket bodies just bound with a piece [This would be in excellent taste.] Alice has at the throat with one button, and thence lies of the same material, and tunics bound also; the sufficient silk for the jacket, so that it would be open, revealing a loose vest of brown cloth that sleeves, fronts of bodies, tunics, and skirts are a cheap costume, but she is in doubt if it would comes below the waist, and fastens with brown slightly soiled. As this is the first time Meta has look nice. She thought of having dull red cashcloth buttons. Buttons are placed down the

troubled the most useful Work-room, she hopes mere, or pale blue (if not too prononcé), for the Coat, though it lies open. Brown cloth collar to see an answer in the March number. Meta is tunic and sleeves. [Black would be better.] goes round the neck. Brown cloth flat cap. more than twenty, and tall, and rather slight. Would homespun be better? [A matter of Sandals cut out in cardboard, and covered with [They will make one dress. Make the skirt of taste.]

the darker colour, and trim it with the lighter. CATHERINE L. would be much obliged to M. writes-Will Sylvia be kind enough to Make tablier, basque, body, and sleeves of the Sylvia if she would tell her, in next month's give me the benefit of her advice abuut two lighter, and trim with the darker.]

number, if the dolman fits tight to the figure, dresses ? 1. I have a black silk skirt, long, and

LEONORA would feel so much obliged to and if it has a join down the back. [It is tied in trimmed with 9-inch cross flounces all round Sylvia if she will kindly tell what to do with her at the waist behind. Fits better with a join bottom, also full tunic of same, all in good con- crape fan, which from her breath gets wet, and down the back.) Also, if braiding them is more dition, except about six inches round waist. when dry is all cockled up and stiff and hard, fashionable than lace or fringe? (Both.] Will How can I make a simple, complete, useful dress quite spoiling the look of it. She would be so the tablier be fashionable in the spring? of this black silk? Will a sleeveless jacket be glad to know what to do with it, or how to pre- (Yes.] needed, or some satin or faille ? Please advise vent it. [You can do nothing to restore the

black silk.)

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