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About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (May 22, 1910)
THE OMAHA SUNDAY J1KE: MAY 22. 1!10.
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HE mother who has muT llttla folic In
flf I her family realised a long time ago
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JL ' I Ued to the seasons. Generally speaking:.
twice a. year she looks to her own
clothes and doe what she can to freshen
up her wardrobe, but what the children
shall wear is a never ending: Question.
Before each season la half over if they have not worn
out their clothes they have grown out of them. There
la always need for something- new. This Is particu
larly true of their warm weather clothes.
I am sure It will bring a sense of relief to every
mother who makes her children's clothes to know
that the beat dressed children, the children whose
frocks are designed with never a thought of economy,
re wearing today the most simple of frocks. The
day of the fussy little dresses betrimmed and berlb
boned, la decidedly a day of long ago.
In making clothes for children it is most unwise to
put much handwork on the clothes, especially when
children seem to grow taller over night. The em
broIderlesbought by the yard are particularly lovely
this season . and are used extensively on children-
garments in place of handwork.
Conservatism rules In Juvenile styles this summer.
This keynote governs every design, fabric, and trim
ming. In this respect children's vogues have followed
those of their 'elders. The rule confining cut and trim
ming features) to the most simple of forms, as well as.
to style, governs both fashions.
Russian blouses are always a favorite for children
and continue their vogue Into this season. Many of
the little dressee carry out the peasant ides, which is
the fashionable feature for the summer gowna of
women, In having the; seamless shoulder with the waist
nd sleeve cut In one. ' The sleeves tn the majority ot
the summer dresses for little girls are short. Many
one piece dresaea are also worn and belts have never
been so much In vogue as this season. While the nor-
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mal waist line Is seen entirely In the dresses for the
older girls, the long walsted effects are still the more
popular with the little folks dresses. Jumper dresses
are also practical and pretty this season and there Is. the rompers are made so. full that they have the ap
always the popular sailor suit. pear an ce of a skirt
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Dresses with the side openings are extremely good
atyle. They are smart, made of durable wash fabrics
with darker bands of the same material a trimming.
In wash materials for these little frocks the demand
covers a wide range. In the colored dresses ginghams,
percales, chambrays, linens, and lawns are largely
used. In white, lawn, organdie, plain and dotted
awlss, plain and cross .barred dimities, reps, and
piques are all Included.
In the heavier fabrics for wear on cooler daya there
are attractive serges, cashmeres, fancy worsteds, such
as checks, small pi aids, and the mixed effeota. Much
attention Is paid these days to the materials selected
for children's clothes, and the fabrlo always suits the
type of dress. For everyday wear the favorite choice
Is cottons of serviceable gingham weaves. For play
dresses rep and materials of that type, with piques and
dainty lawns for the afternoon and dressier wear.
Without doubt American children are more sensibly
clad than the children of any other nation The sim
ple little one piece dresses and suits for both little
girls and llttla boys are not only good looking but,
what la more Important, more easy for the busy moth
er to make than the fancy lace and embroidery trimmed
frocks of former days. '
This year's styles for children's dresses are mora
softened in effect than they were last season. The
straight, severe lines of the one piece dresses are
varied in line and general character. Instead of the
straight side closing dress of last season the upper
part may extend over the shoulder and fasten with big
buttons, each set In a round scallop, or again the clos
ing may be with pointed or rounded tabs.
One charming little frock shown was fastened at the
neck down the center front to the waist line, where
the sktrt portion was fastened over in an extension
with large buttons. Another little frock had a straight
panel front and back, with a long side bodice from
which hung the short plaited flounce of a skirt. A soft
silk sash was drawn through the buttonholed openings.'
The novelties In children's' coats carry out the fash
ion tendencies, and, the Russian and the peasant type
are both seen. A pretty style which has been taken
from the fashions of the' older folk and seems even
more suited to the little toddlers are the coats with
plaited skirts. They are really charming when made
with the long, straight body portions, with plaits in
serted at the sides or all around plaited skirt.
Many of these coats have the long lapels reaching
to below the waist line, faced with soft silk. As they
are usually double breasted, lapping wide over to the
left side, the coat folds over high on the chest, giving
the necessary protection. To be sure, there are many
of the regulation straight box coats with decorations
and others made newer looking by the soft rolling col
lar faced with silk or linen.
Collars of lace and embroidery, both wide and nar
row, in varied shapes will be - worn on little folks'
coats. They are dainty and pretty and always give a
fresh, sweet look to the children's garments. For
warm weather wear coats of pique, rep, linen, and em
broidery are being shown.
Rompers, which are such a delight to the child and
such a comfort to the mother, are made more attrac
tive than ever this season. The bloomer portions of
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Hats for the little girls take on much of the prettt
ness and colorings of the grownup headgear. Children
wear a great deal more color on their hats than for
merly, and this season their litle heads are covered
with old blues, dull reds, and pinks. Most of the hats
have wide brims that are merely elongated from the
crown and reach the edge of the eyebrow. Plain and
fancy Neapolitan braid is much used, although most
of the fine straws that are found In hats for' women of
fashion are also utilised In the making of children's
hats. The trimmings Include all the small flowers,
roses being greatly used, quantities of ribbons and
much liberty silk for facings and rosettes.
Among the hats for everyday wear the sailor with
drooping brim is perhaps the most to be preferred.
Klmple velvet ribbon bands seem to be the chosen trim
ming for these. There are a great number of washable
hats, from that with the buttoned on crown to the ever
useful sunbonnet; and, by the way, the small girl of
fashion of today has almost as many sunbonnets as she
has tub dresaea Some are made of eyelet embroidery
lined with pink silk and others are simple little hand
embroidered white linen ones. With these sunbonnets
the small maid frequently has three -or-four-different
linings, so that when she wears a white afternoon
dress with much beautiful embroidery as Its trimming
she completes her little costume with an allover em
broidered sunbonnet lined with the silk matching in
color her aash.
Kindergarten little girls, and the older girls, too, are
always needing aprons. A practical school apron Is
made In two pieces, with a plain waist portion at
tached to a circular belt, and a circular skirt, portion
also attached to the belt. The apron has patch pock
eta Such an apron is attractive made of lawn or cross
bar dimity, while If it is to be used for helping mother
at home linen in the natural shade will be found serv
iceable. For the tiny girls all white flowered swiss
makes a pretty apron, and, of course, plain lawn.
The dressing of a small boy la always a difficult prob
lem that Is, In the selection of the styles and the ma
terials as the actual construction of the little dresses
themselves Is simple In the extreme.
This Is to be a tan summer for boys la mors ways
than one. Nearly everything shown for these small
chaps are In the brown or tan shades In the wash
suits, as well as in the woolen weaves. All shades
from the natural colored linen to the regular tobacco
brown are used, The coarse linens that resemble bur
laps or hop sacking are especially attractive, novel,
and serviceable. The short trousers are nearly always,
-In these summer suits, loose-at the knee that is, they.
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give the effect of being loose at the knees, but are
really fitted with elastics in the usual casings, which
clasp the leg and thoroughly cover the underllnnn.
The loose jerkin that accompanies these trousers is
made In two pieces, seamed together under the arm
and over the shoulder in the regulation peasant line.
Enlarged by the Bide slit or opening, the garment Is
sufficiently roomy at the neck to be slipped over the
head and closed at the side with two big buttons.
, Bands of darker brown outline the neck and sleeves.
Several kinds of belts are shown with these ready made
suits, Including the stitched bands of darker materials,
corresponding with the trimming materials, belts of
tan Teatber, ot black, red, or of sapphire blue patent
Marine blue, which Is a colder, harder blue than the
dark blue, Is a favorite shade tor serge suits. At the
same time the small checked, striped, snd almost In
visible plaid suitings and light tweeds are the more
serviceable for everyday wear. This year these mate
rials all show hints of the colors that men have been
wearing tor a year past in the neutral shades of olive,
green, old reds, and even now and then a purple thread
among the gray and the black ones.
The Russian blouse continues popular for boys. Gal
atea and the coarse linens are the best cloths these
suits can be made of. They wear well and wash ex
cellently. All shops sell them and they run wide. Any
color may be had, but the blues and browna are best.
The bloure of these suits can either be buttoned down
the front or slipped over the head. Of course, there
are many other fabrics suitable for spring wear, such
as serges, reps, and poplins.
The shoes of the small boy are similar to his sister's,
thone of the lad of 8 years or more radically different.
They are mado with spring heels, blucher soles, patent
leather vamps, and calf or kid tops.
The hats for the big boys are of crush or soft felt,
designed to meet the demands of their wearers, who
always thrust them Into their pockets when not wear
ing them tipped on the back of their heads. Or they
may compromise on a soft Tyrolean shape that may
be flattened back or down at their wearer's will.
For the really small boy the sailor hat with wide
brim slightly rolled up or turned pronouncedly down
Is used, though t'ue banded sailor caps In blue, white,
tan, and other shades will this year, as usual. And
favor with some.
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