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Anslow, Florence / Practical millinery

Chapter XVI: Infants' and children's millinery,   pp. 184-209 PDF (5.0 MB)

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 N    considering infants' and children's millinery there are 
    three main points to be remembered, viz.- 
    COMFORT-which depends upon lightness of weight, com- 
fortable fit, position of strings or strap, hygienic qualities of 
material, softness of finish; 
   BEA UTY-which depends upon simplicity of style, simplicity 
of material, clearness of colour, good fit and finish, suitable width 
and quality of strings; 
   EASE IN LA UNDERING-which depends upon the materials 
chosen, and the facility with which hats, bonnets and caps can be 
ironed; suitable materials such as linen, cotton, silk, and fine 
woollen goods ; draw-strings that flatten for the ironing process; 
detachable crowns and trimmings. 
   This ideal head-covering should be as light in weight as pos- 
sible, yet warm enough for the season, but never padded or 
weighted sufficiently to cause perspiration. It should just fit 
the head comfortably, being neither too tight nor too slack in 
measurement. Friction should be avoided by seeing that all 
materials are softly finished and no hard knots or seams are 
allowed. Strings should be carefully adjusted either by sewing, 
or by buttons and loops, or by clips or hooks set in the exact 
place for holding hat or bonnet comfortably on the head. 
   Rather soft washable silk or muslin ribbons are the best to 
choose for the small folks ; wide strings are always out of place 
beneath little fat chins. 
   For baby's wear choose white or simple clear colours, such as 
pink, cream, or blue; these are the most suitable for a delicate 
complexion. Soft cosy finishings of lace, swansdown, etc., and 
dainty hand-worked stitchery are all in good taste for children's 

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