Ladies Afternoon Two-Piece Outfit 208 T - 1900

Ladies' Afternoon Toilette

Ladies' Coat and Skirt No. 208 T

This two-piece outfit is a fashionable cut appropriate for formal or general wear, according to the material employed.

The coat was black velvet in combination with chinchilla, and the skirt a fashionable shade of light cloth, with a decoration of black braid.

The coat, known as the St. Petersburg blouse, has many attractive features, one of which is the fanciful peplum.

The fronts, which are turned back to form round-cornered revers, are shaped to give the fashionable, long effect from shoulder to bust, and a high flare collar finishes the neck.

Round cuffs contribute to the attractiveness of the sleeves, which are fashionably full, and a belt crossing in front encircles the waist.

The skirt is a circular model with a scalloped circular flounce set on at the foot and is in short-sweep length, but may be fashioned in round length, if preferred.

It is made with the popular dip at the top and has fullness at the back laid in an inverted box-plait.

Dressmaker Options

Velour would develop a handsome coat, and the skirt may be of silk, with ruchings or appliqué trimming for decoration.

Pattern Information

The coat pattern, which is No. 4521 and costs 9d. or 20 cents, is in seven sizes for ladies from thirty to forty-two inches, bust measure, and is also shown on page 602.

The skirt pattern, which is No. 4487 and costs Is. or 25 cents, is in nine sizes from twenty to thirty-six inches, waist measure, and is again portrayed on page 613.

Ladies’ Blouse Coat or Jacket No. 4521

Ladies’ Blouse Coat or Jacket No. 4521

No. 4521 Ladies’ Blouse Coat or Jacket, to be worn Closed or Open, and to Be Made with or without the Flare Collar and Cuffs.

Known as the St. Petersburg Blouse.

For Description see Page 608.


Illustrations of this coat are given on page 602, and in figures Nos. 195T and 208T in this magazine.

Decidedly becoming and trim is the coat, which is known as the St. Petersburg blouse and is depicted made of black velour with black satin showing rows of stitching for the belt.

The long effect from shoulder to bust and the military shoulders are notable features of the style, the back, and sides of which are smoothly adjusted, while the fronts, which are fitted by a dart at the top and gathers at the waistline, puff out attractively in blouse fashion.

The fronts may be reversed and worn open or lapped in double-breasted fashion and closed to the bust or throat, and a peplum lengthens the coat in a fancy outline at the lower edge.

The dip outline is emphasized by a belt that has its rounding ends crossed and is in girdle fashion at the back.

The deep flare collar, mounted on a standing part in military baud style with overlapping ends, may roll slightly or be turned down all around.

The comfortably loose sleeves had a slight fullness at the top and gathered at the wrist with turn-back cuffs mounted on straight bands.

The outside seam ends at the elbow, and a lining supports the sleeve. The cuff, as well as the flared collar, may be omitted.

Dressmaker Options

The coat will be very dressy in black or brown velvet decorated with tinsel braid or heavy lace applique. Tinsel cloth or rich silk or satin could face the revers, and the edges followed with chinchilla or ermine.

A luxurious coat for theatre wear is of gray velvet, with white peau do soie for the lining and revers facing; a beautiful jeweled belt is worn, giving a brilliant touch to the whole.

Pattern Information

We have pattern No. 4021 in seven sizes for ladies from thirty to forty-two inches, bust measure.

To make the coat for a lady of medium size needs three yards and three-eighths of goods thirty inches wide, with five-eighths of a yard of satin twenty inches wide for the belt.

Price of pattern, 9d. or 20 cents.

Ladies’ Circular Skirt No. 4487

Ladies’ Circular Skirt No. 4487

No. 4487 Ladies’ Circular Skirt, with Inverted Box-Plait at the Back; and having a Scalloped Circular Flounce Set On, from Beneath which the Skirt may be Cut Away.

To be made with the Conventional or Decided Dip at the Top, and in Short-Sweep' or Round Length.

For Description see Page 616.


This skirt is illustrated on page 613, in figures Nos. 184 T and 208 T, and on the first cover page.

An applied circular, rippling flounce that shows a scalloped upper outline is an impressive feature of the skirt, which is made of mode cloth, with a machine-stitched strapping of the material for the decorative finish.

The skirt is of circular shaping and is dart-fitted over the hips; it has the elegant Marie Antoinette dip at the top that may be conventional or more pronounced, according to individual preference.

The mode may be in round or short-sweep length at the bottom wherein the medium sizes it measures about three yards and one-fourth, and the flounce about four yards and one-fourth.

The fullness at the back is laid in an inverted box-plait, and the skirt may end at the top of the flounce or extend beneath it.

Dressmaker Options

Wide fabrics are recommended for reproducing the mode, and braid, machine-stitching or strappings of the material, silk, or satin may be applied as a finish.

Pattern Information

We have pattern No. 4487 in nine sizes for ladies from twenty to thirty-six inches waist, or thirty-seven to fifty-eight and one-half inches hip measure.

To make the skirt for a lady of twenty-four inches waist or forty-one inches hip, if it is to extend under the flounce, needs three yards and one-half of fabric fifty-eight inches wide, and if it is to be cut away from beneath the frill, three yards of fabric in the same width.

Price of pattern, Is. or 25 cents.

“Descriptions of Figures in Colors, Tints, Etc., Shown on First Page of Cover and Pages 571 to 591 Inclusive,” in The Delineator: An Illustrated Magazine of Literature and Fashion, Paris-London-New York-Toronto: The Butterick Publishing Co. Ltd., Vol. LXI, No. 5, November 1900, p. 590, 602, 608, 613, 616-617.

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.

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