Ladies' Smart Walking Gown 148 T - 1900

Smart Walking Gown

Ladies’ Smart Walking Gown No. 148 T

Described on Page 443 | For Illustration see Page 428


The costume shows faultless adjustment and is a walking gown that will undoubtedly enjoy popularity. Cloth of a fashionable blue-gray tone was the material used in the present development with silk for lining and self-strappings, buttons, and machine-stitching for decoration.

The carefully adjusted jacket is a stylish modification of the Eton modes. It deepens in the pointed outline below the waist at the center of the front and back and possesses a novelty in the tapering laps that are joined to the front edges of the fronts.

In this instance, the laps are turned back in stylish revers effect to disclose the shirt-waist. The Robespierre collar and rolling cuff, which complete the neck and two-seam sleeve respectively, are becoming features of the mode.

The skirt is of the latest cut and shows the popular dip at the top in front. It consists of seven gores shaped to give the fashionable sheath-like adjustment at the top and to flare in deep flutes at the bottom. The fullness at the back is arranged in an inverted box-plait.

Dressmaker Options

For general wear, the costume could be stylishly reproduced in tweed, Cheviot, camel-hair, or suiting with stitching or machine-stitched strappings for the decorative finish.

Pattern Information

The pattern, which is No. 4396 and costs Is. 3d. or 30 cents, is in nine sizes for ladies from thirty to forty-six inches, bust measure, and is pictured differently on page 438.

Ladies’ Two-Piece Costume No. 4396

Ladies’ Two-Piece Costume No. 4396

For Description see Page 448 | For Illustrations see Page 438

No. 4396 Ladies’ Two-Piece Costume: consisting of an Eton Jacket to be made with a Standing or Robespierre Collar, and a Seven-Gored Flare Skirt to Be Made with The Conventional or a Decided Dip at the Top and in Round or Short-Sweep Length at the Bottom.

Different representations of this stylish costume may be viewed by referring to figures Nos. 142 T and 148 T in this magazine.


The two-piece costume remains in high esteem, no up-to-date woman now considering her wardrobe complete without at least one beautiful tailored gown.

For the present development of this original mode satin-faced gray cloth in one of the pastel tones was chosen with velvet for the collar and cuffs and machine- stitched strappings of the fabric for decoration.

The Eton is carefully adjusted and shapes a point at the lower edge of the front and back. A shapely lap is joined to each front, and the closing of the jacket is made in a double-breasted style to the throat with buttons and button-holes, but, if liked, it may be worn open, and the fronts reversed to the lower edge.

A breast pocket, covered with a lap, is inserted in the left front. A feature of the mode is the Robespierre collar, which may be replaced by a plain standing collar; the close-fitting sleeves are completed with turn-back cuffs.

The skirt has seven gores, the shaping causing it to fit with sheath-like closeness to the knee, below which the seams are well sprung, producing a decided flare at the foot.

The design shows the popular dip at the top in front following the decree of Fashion, and in the medium sizes, the skirt falls in an outline of about three yards and three-fourths.

The dip may be of the conventional order or very decided to give the graceful, long-waisted effect so pronounced a feature of this season’s fashionable modes. At the back, the fullness is taken up in an under-folded box-plait, and the skirt may be in round or short-sweep length.

Dressmaker Options

A costume of this description could be reproduced in Venetian cloth with stitched strappings of the material as a decorative finish. Beige or tan fabric would be equally attractive with velvet or panne in a slightly darker shade for inlaying the collar and cuffs.

Pattern Information

We have pattern No. 4396 in nine sizes for ladies from thirty to forty-six inches, bust measure.

To make the costume for a lady of medium size requires four yards and an eighth of fabric fifty-four inches wide with half a yard of velvet twenty inches wide for the collar and cuffs.

Price of pattern, 1s. 3d. or 30 cents.

"Descriptions of Figures in Colors, Tints, Etc., Shown on First Page of Cover and Pages 423 to 437 Inclusive," in The Delineator: An Illustrated Magazine of Literature and Fashion, Paris-London-New York: The Butterick Publishing Co. Ltd., Vol. LVI, No. 4, October 1900, p. 428, 438, 443, 448

Editor's Note: Some terminology used in the description of women's clothing during the 1800s and early 1900s has been changed to reflect more modern terms. For example, a women's "Toilette" -- a form of costume or outfit has an entirely different common meaning in the 21st century. Typical terms applied to "toilette" include outfit, ensemble, or costume, depending on context.

Note: We have edited this text to correct grammatical errors and improve word choice to clarify the article for today’s readers. Changes made are typically minor, and we often left passive text “as is.” Those who need to quote the article directly should verify any changes by reviewing the original material.

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