Linen skirts for the summertime (1905)

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Linen skirts for general wear

Linen skirts — short skirts, too, in spite of everything that has been said and done against them — are everywhere, either worn with waists to match, making up fascinating shirt-waist suits, or with the lingerie blouses that everybody wears.

Seven and nine gore skirts share honors, and some circular skirts are even made in a new mysterious way that is said not to stretch out of shape.

The most satisfactory kind, if it is to be laundered often (and there’s no comfort in summer clothes unless they are made to go in the tub at the slightest provocation) is plain, with the seams stitched flat about half an inch from the first stitching and the hem simply turned up and stitched.

An attractive variation of the plain, without being a departure from a utility style, is shown in one of today’s designs.

It is a nine-gore skirt, with the front breadth untrimmed, giving the effect of a panel when the wide bands are applied.

Flat stitched bands for trimming are the next best to a plain skirt, considered from the standpoint of its proper doing up. Tabs are rather hard to iron out, but bands are much better.

The three little sketches show different ways of treating the same skirt, the plainest being made jut like the pattern, omitting the bands, and the others applying tailor-trimming in different ways.

The shirt-waist suit shown has a even-gored skirt, built something like the models of the pleated skirts we’ve been wearing this spring in cloth. The waist is tucked to match, the front in the two tucks to carry out the idea of the front panel of the skirt. A dressy touch is given to the suit by the tiny chemisette — so small as to be scarcely more than a collar and as easily adjusted — and the interesting-shaped bands that frame it.

The cuffs may be made of the same material as the chemisette — preferably sheet embroidery, or embroidery and lace — or of the material of the suit. The back is very like the front, with the tucks grouped the same way as the front panel. but with the shaped band about the chemisette running around, exactly defining the curve of the collar instead of ending in the crossed points.

This design was planned for a linen suit, but could be made in any of the summer shirt-waist stuffs, and in pongee would be most unusual; while for a traveling dress, mohair — one of the new mohairs — would be, perhaps, best of all.

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