Lingerie Of The Bride
( Originally Published 1924 )
The lure in lingerie appeals to the most sane person. In yielding to this lure the bride may be quite lavish without having any after-qualms of conscience. She has a wide selection in material to choose from. The choice of many is handkerchief linen edged with real Valenciennes and with embroidery so exquisitely fine that it seems beyond the skill of human fingers. The very sheer linen fabrics come in white and pastel shades.
Fine linen, which has such an appealing, immaculate quality, is supplemented with voile, which may be trimmed with incrustations of finest net embroidered with fairy stitches. Georgette in delicate shades to harmonize with the outer garments, with hand-hemstitching and plaits, make up charming sets consisting of nightgown, chemise, and "step-ins." Lingerie is so often a thing of such 'blossomy beauty that the wearer has the joy of it forever.
Corsets are made of firmer materials, but they too can express fastidious daintiness. Brassières may be the soft and narrow bandeaux for evening clothes, for the flat stiffness of line is not to be de-sired, or they may be long and slender and trim, their aim to mold rather than to disguise the figure.
The charm of black vests, brassières, and bloom-ers is alluring, but still more so are the garments of Georgette trimmed with Chantilly lace and plaitings. Black lingerie comes in most captivating sets of chemise, step-ins, and night-gowns. One irresistible trio was of plaited Georgette, with a yoke and band at the bottom of Chantilly lace, and trimmed with pink rosebuds. These garments seem the only suitable accompaniment to a gown of black lace.
With the popularity of Mah Jongg a demand arose for Chinese or Oriental pajamas. The trousers are usually made of plain silk or satin and the coat is a straight slip-on of printed silk with a square neck. The sleeves, bottom, and sides are banded in a plain fabric like the trousers. The coat reaches to the hips or to the knees.
Negligées for the Bride
Breakfast coats are of chiffon, taffeta, crêpe, or satin, in colors of peach, rose, lavender, or French blue. They are generally straight and long, with trimmings of lace or ribbon to lend charm to the morning meeting over the coffee cups.
A warm negligée, with brocaded collar and sleeves, is made of a straight piece of velvet twice one's length and with a slit up the center front, rounded out for the neck and the sides slightly narrowed from floor to armhole depth to allow for short kirnona sleeves. Cut-out designs are sewed on these sleeves; a pattern is stamped on broad-cloth of harmonizing color, then this is placed over the velvet and the outline of the design is stitched by machine; the broadcloth is then cut out care-fully to follow the pattern, and the velvet shows through, thus emphasizing the appliqué. The collar is made of a double fold of the velvet with a broadcloth appliqué in the same manner. A little below the hips at the sides the material is shirred in circles. From the center of these circular gathers hang long Chinese tassels.
A summer negligée of apricot georgette is made from three straight lengths of material, the two in front overlapping from shoulder to shoulder. Deep slits for armholes are fitted with straight sleeves of net. The negligée is draped on the left shoulder where a monk-like collar of lace ends with a bow of ribbon.
A matinée worn with Princess slips may be of heavy crêpe de Chine outlined with a picot-edged ruffle of matching chiffon in pink, coral, orchid, mauve, or turquoise. The design is simple; it is often merely a straight piece placed over one's shoulders like a shawl, the corners cut where the fronts meet, with a bias union in the back. It has a butterfly daintiness and would make even a sicka-bed lady feel quite "gay and festive."
A matinée could be made from a forty-inch square of orchid crêpe de Chine split to the center from one corner to form the front opening, with a little ruff of silk flowers at the top and a knot of ribbon flowers and leaves of ribbon to catch the sleeves together at the sides; it would make a morning in bed seem a most gala occasion.
Boudoir caps are most artful in their appeal. A simple one is fashioned from a straight band of shadow lace. Picot-edged grosgrain ribbon follows the lace around the head, crosses at the back with the lace, and is secured at each side under a three-inch tab of the lace. This is surmounted by a bunch of pastel-colored silk flowers.
Many novel ideas for boudoir caps can be obtained from a study of the head-dress of peasants, the Chinese, and others
Among the many little aids to daintiness and neatness one finds a belt of ribbon-covered elastic to hold up one's nightgown when it is worn under a negligée, and garters of shirred ribbon ornamented to one's personal taste. Mules of soft kid or colored satin with low French heels have the same languorous appeal as soft textured negligées.