Since dresses are made to cling so closely, the white petticoat, after a few
hours' wear, becomes so soiled that a lady who is at all neat with regard to her
under-clothing, is unwilling to put it on a second time. To obviate this
the white petticoat is now made shorter than the dress, but a white muslin
ruffle flounce, a quarter of a yard to three-eighths of a yard in depth, is
basted around the bottom of the skirt, inside, and so falls with the dress,
which a petticoat does not. The ruffle can be made of any kind of cambric,
not very full, and sewed on a tape. Strange to say, the ruffle does not
seem to catch the dust as much as the longer petticoat did. We can speak
from experience on this subject.
All skirts are drawn as far back as possible, giving an ugly wriggle to a
walk, and making sitting down most uncomfortable and often inelegant. It
is rumored that crinoline is to be again worn, but it is only a rumor, for in no
respect have we seen and indication of it. The best French dresses are not
drawn back as tightly as those made in this country, and are not so very
uncomfortable to wear.