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4.-INDOOR DRESS. Perfectly plain dress of grosgrain silk, with tight-fitting sleeves and long trained skirt. Sleeveless polonaise of black net and lace, with waistband and écharpe of black grosgrain.
So many applications reach us for information re
specting one thing and another, that we have determined to bring under the notice of our readers from month to month, some brief remarks on “Good Things," on which experience enables us to speak with confidence, in the hope that they may serve as fingerposts to indicate what to buy and where to buy it, to those that are seeking to purchase what is really useful and serviceable.
Although up to the time at which we are writing, the close of autumn and beginning of winter have been mild - too mild, in fact, to be seasonable and healthy-we have had a few days cold enough to remind us that colder times must soon follow, and that if we have not done so already, we must think at once about renewing or repairing our winter wraps. We shall need them yet for many months to come, for it is an old saying and a true one, that " as the days grow longer the cold grows stronger," while good advice that it would be well for every one to take to heart is conveyed in the somewhat roughly-worded rhyme, “Before May is out, never cast a clout."
Of all kinds of winter wraps commend me especially to furs, than which there can be nothing prettier or more ladylike, or better calculated to impart a finish to a wellconsidered costume. In addition to this they are cosy and comfortable to the wearer, and this, perhaps, should be the first consideration, as winter assuredly is a season in which appearance should yield precedence to comfort. It is possible, however, to procure FURS that combine both these desirable qualities, and we recommend ladies who may stand in need of a pretty set to visit the establishment of Messrs. JANNINGS AND SON, 16, Fenchurch Street, E.C., where it is possible to procure furs of the very best quality at really low prices. This well-known firm supply sets of genuine seal fur, comprising a wellmade collarette and cuffs, at 24s. and 30s. per set. ; while, for about the same prices, beautiful sets of the softest, warmest beaver fur may be procured, nicely wadded and lined with silk. Those who do not care so much for collarette and cuffs, will find a useful substitute for the former in the half-guinea squirrel-tail boa supplied by Messrs. Jannings and Son, and comfort for the hands in the ample recesses of their pretty muffs in beaver, ermine, racoon, black jennet, black lynx, and seal fur, which range from 18s. 60. to 40s., according to size and quality of the fur. To those to whom money is not so much an object, we can confidently recommend this firm's sable muffs, which are really cheap at the prices asked-namely, from four to six guineas. In speaking of the specialities of Messrs. Jannings and Son, we must not forget to mention the soft and supple Copenhagen Glove that they supply
in single and double buttons, and in all the fashionable colours, for winter wear for ladies and gentlemen; and to remind gentlemen who are at a loss to hit on some suitable and appropriate present for a lady at the present season, that Messrs. Jannings and Son's Glove and HANDKERCHIEF Boxes, made in all colours in expanding leather, are both pretty and useful, and all the more acceptable if filled.
Other comforts for the winter season will be found by ladies in the Down Vests and Down Skirts manufactured by Messrs. Booth and Fox, of 81, Hatton Garden, E.C. While the lower parts of the body are protected by the latter, the former--which are not only prettily made, but fit the figure nicely, and are by no means clumsy-afford complete protection to the chest and lungs against the searching winds from the cold north and east, which seem to penetrate to the very marrow of one's bones, and rob even the most robust of vital warmth. No one to whom the slightest suspicion of delicacy of the chest and lungs attaches, should venture without doors in winter without one of these down vests; which, like the skirts, are lined with purified down from the eider duck and arctic goose, and are very light, while they are warmer than many thicknesses of flannel. Even the skirts do not exceed a pound-and-a-half in weight; and, as these are sufficient to lend all the support that is needed to the dress itself, and allow it to drape the figure in graceful folds, no dress-improver is required. The same firm also supply comfortable Dressing Gowns at low prices, which will be found a great boon by invalids, and those who are weak and delicate, and unable to bear the weight of the ordinary blankets and quilts in bed, will find everything that they can desire in the Parent Down Quilts, which, in addition to their lightness and warmth, are also cheap and durable, and may be washed at pleasure, like an ordinary coverlet. Being covered externally with a material that has the appearance of a rich and handsome chintz, they will not soil as quickly as a white quilt, and in cold weather impart a warm and comfortable look to a bed-room.
Among the most useful products of the present day, for ornamental purposes, Judson's Dres stand preeminent, and enable the amateur to dye materials of any kind at home for a few pence, which would cost shillings if sent to a professional dyer. The modus operandi is extremely simple. The article to be dyed is first plunged into hot water placed in an ordinary earthen vessel, and when thoroughly soaked through and through, is removed. A bottle of dye, or less, if the material to be dyed is not large, is poured into the water, and the article is once more immersed and moved about with the aid of a couple of sticks until the whole of the dye is absorbed by the material. If the tint be not dark enough, the article must be taken out, and more dye added to the water before the process is continued. The material must then be dried before a moderately brisk fire, and pressed with a hot iron. Ribbons may be finished by rolling them round a glass wine-bottle filled with hot water. A curious and novel use of Judson's Dyes was made a short time since at one of the principal exhibitions of poultry held in this country. Some young ladies, who were the possessors of some fine white Aylesbury ducks, bethought themselves of tinting their plumage by the aid of these liquid dyes, and the result was such as puzzled and astonished most of those who happened to visit the exbibition. The brilliant orange body of one of these rare aves was contrasted by a head of dazzling blue. Another was gay with stripes and bars of crimson and mauve, while a third was as rich in coloured stars and patches as a clown in a Christmas pantomime. The ducks thus furnished with gorgeous plumage that seemed to belong to parrots and parrakeets, rather than aquatic fowl, were placed on a piece of ornamental water near the entrance to the show, where they soon became the observed of all observers. A few of the more knowing among the lookers on-but very few--saw through the joke; but many, loud in their praises of the “beautiful ducks,” were eager to learn from what part of the world they came; while others anxiously inquired if it were possible to procure any of the eggs of "those lovely birds," and would have willingly given a guinea a-piece for them if the fair operators had been bold enough to run the risk of obtaining money under false pretences. It is not generally known that Judson's BRONZONETTE produces a most beautiful glazed bronze, on the natural leaves of ivy, laurel, etc. The leaves taken fresh from the trees should be wiped clean, and then simply painted with the Bronzonette.
For trimming ladies' underclothing of every description, there is nothing prettier than Cash's Coventry CAMBRIC FRILLINGS, which are made in two qualities, best and second. The frillings of the best quality are distinguished as Plain Frilling, Lace Edge, Imperial Lace Edge, Three Spires Pattern, the Lily, Forget-me-not, Violet, Hawthorn, Royal, and Double Cords. The second quality includes the Britannia Frilling, Broadway, Crown, Rosebud, and the American Stripe. The lastnamed is very pretty, and has quite a novel effect, the stripes resembling rows of fine pearl stitching. It is made in nine widths, varying from half an inch to three inches, the narrower being more suitable for the adornment of chemises, night-dresses, etc., while the wider are more appropriate for petticoats, and even sheets, pillow-cases, toilet tables, etc. Insertions are made to suit these pretty trimmings. One edge of the Violet Frilling resembles the most delicate embroidery, while the other is furnished with the thread peculiar to all the Coventry frillings by which they can be drawn up to the desired extent, dispensing with the ope
ration known as “whipping.” The CAMBRIC RIBBONS produced by the Messrs. Cash are also beautiful and useful, and will be found as serviceable as the frilling for all the purposes to which the frillings can be applied.
Ladies who are fond of embroidery, knitting, and crochet, will do well to send to Messrs. ADAMS AND Co., of s, New Street, Bishopsgate Street, E., for specimens of their FiloselLE, AND EMBROIDERY AND IMPERIAL KNITTING SIĻKS. The former is supplied in about one hundred and thirty different shades, at about one-third the price usually charged for this article; and although it is so much cheaper it is by no means inferior to the most costly materials of this description. It is much used for grounding instead of Berlin wool, and for crochet and knitting, for which this material has hitherto been considered to be too expensive. The Embroidery and Imperial Knitting Silks are more especially used for the purposes indicated by their names. The latter is manufactured in two sizes, the thinner sort being more especially suitable for machine work, while the thicker description is more pleasant to work with in the ordinary way. The price per ounce of 8 skeins (each skein containing 15 yards) of the Filoselle in one shade, is 2s.; in mixed shades, 2s. 6d. ; or a single skein will be supplied for 4d. An ounce hank of Embroidery Silk containing 14 skeins of 20 yards, all of one shade, is supplied for is. 6d., or in mixed shades at 2s.; a single skein is sent for 2d. The Imperial Knitting Silk, thick or thin, is supplied at is. 6d. per ounce. In sending stamps for specimens an additional stamp should be sent for postage; but stamps will not be received for large orders, or in payment of accounts, unless sent at the rate of thirteen to every shilling. We mention this to enable ladies sending for specimens to avoid any difficulty.
A paper on “Good Things” would be incomplete without some reference to something to eat, and we are glad to recommend to all our readers who are not yet acquainted with them, CADBURY's Pure Chocolates and Cocoas, which have the merit of being perfectly free from adulteration, and being the best and purest possible. They are also easy of digestion, and therefore suitable in every way for invalids. The Cocoa Essence prepared by this firm is economical to use, because a little of it will go a great way, and this really renders it as inexpensive as the cheapest, although the price per ounce or pound is higher. The Mexican and Rock Chocolates when made according to the directions furnished, afford a most delicious beverage for breakfast, luncheon, or tea. The boxes of chocolate creams, almond chocolates, and chocolate bonbons, supplied by Messrs. Cadbury and Co., furnish most elegant presents at all times, but are more peculiarly appropriate at the present season of Christmas and the coming new year.
Some of these boxes are made of finely plaited straw, while all are gaily adorned with pretty and artistic pictures and designs, rendering the boxes themselves well worthy of preservation when their delicious contents have been consumed.