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It's Very Smart to 'Make Your Own'
Enchanting New Frocks for Spring
By CHERIE NICHOLAS
np HE "make your own" idea has
become of nation-wide appeal
among women who know how to
sew, as well as teen-age girls who
are having great fun learning.
If, perchance, you are lagging a
bit in getting at the usual spring
sewing, tot new inspiration try an
hour or so of sightseeing among the
joyous looking prints now in fabric
displays everywhere, a veritable
pageantry of beauty as a prelude to
the spring 1945 fashion program.
A good way to start off with the
spring sewing is to begin with a
print that breathes the very breath
of spring in its lovely coloring. The
frock to the left in the picture is
just such and it is so easily made
even a beginner can master it. This
print carries an important color
message for spring in that the crepe
that makes it has huge white flow
ers on a background in the now-so
fashionable lime green. Lime and
other enchanting greens are making
front-page color news for spring.
The simplicity of this off-side effect
is its charm- V
The big Sensation this year is that
the trend is to conversation
prints that simply dare anything in
the way of novelty. For instance, in
the new showings, one of the attrac
tive numbers is the pussy-cat print
which patterns little round kitten
heads over the background until
they give the impression of a polka
dot effect. For a peplum blouse
(simple patterns are easily avail
able) the new pussy-cat print would
be ever so smart?an idea that
should appeal to teen-age sewers. !
Another gay print tells a story of
pretty dancing girls, their swirling
skirts in a rainbow of lovely tones
and tints. A print that rivets atten
tion har little birds winging their
way Cver a colorful crepe back
ground, together with fantastic little
bird cages artfully patterned here
and there in an outline print
Another one that brings a smile
depicts llttlo white sheep gamboling
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over a color-bright crepe ground,
inter-spaced with a motif made up
of balls of yarn thrust through with
several knitting needles. One of the
most novel prints of all spaces flow
ers on a light background which has
an all-over tracery of poetic verse,
reproducing actual handwriting.
The idea of calling attention to
these novelty prints is that home
sewers will add a new thrill to
the blouse or the dress they make,
if they are style-alert in choosing
prints that arouse interest and pro
voke conversation, rather than
prints of familiar theme and tnotif.
The new flower prints are loveli
er than ever. Their rapturous, <$V
orings seem to fairty vibrate
with the very ecstasy Of spring.
You can make them up so effective
ly and print is the easiest thing in
the world for an amateur to
manipulate. Two intriguing fashion
hints in styling a print frock is that
short cap sleeves are the new rage,
and some of the cleverest youthful
models are given an animated sil
houette with a sprightly bustle bow.
Portrait necklines give new charm
to dresses this spring whether they
are made of print or plain mate
rial. Perfect for neckline dress-up
is the simple two-piece dress with
tuck-in blouse and drindl-type skirt
shown at the right. For this simple
crepe frock neckline drama is ex
pressed in narrow ruching that is
picoted along the edges with the
ruffler sewing machine attachment.
The short sleeves are also rtiche
edged, a dressmaker trick which
lifts the whole frock out of the
Released by Western Newspaper Union.
"Se? my new pinafore drees?
Mother made it!" Can't you almost
hear this Joyous little girl exult
antly saying Just that? Now that
mother has started on the house
hold spring sewing, little daughter
is in tor some very happy surprises
in way of pretty frocks and pina
fores. For instance, this cunning
pinafore frock shows how a simple
unbleached muslin frock can be
made to look too attractive for
words Just by appliqueing big cher
ries cut out of bright red boil-fast
cotton. The frail stems are stitched
in green thread.
Whims of Fashion
Dresses for the South are playing
up color contrast for all it is worth.
Butcher linens highlighting bright
color themes are especially impor
tant. For example, a black sunback
dress has halter straps of lime and
Charming are hand - crocheted
calots designed to be worn with the
new pastel suits and dresses this
spring. They are decorated with col
ored sequins and some of them even
go out for extreme novelty in way of
adding wee tinkling bells to the
Fashion holds in promise for the
future such scientific achievements
as sheer woven glass hosiery, un- ,
I breakable glass-soled shoes and ,
even very sheerest prints of spun
glass are being made into blouses. J
As exciting news as this is the prog- \
ress being made in materials de- ,
rived from especially processed j
An idea that is going over big in
millinery midseason showings is the ]
"dog collar" trim, on the very smart ?
and new "sissy" sailors, postilion 1
and horn burg types and on youthful I
calots. Each little bat is completed i
with a veil which has a sparkling <
jewel-embroidered velvet or gros- ]
grain band attached. This fastens to
form a dog collar fastened about the
throat, or it may be used to band
Something new that looks as if it
might develop into s real fad for
evening wear or with the brief cap
sleeves is a jeweled arm band which
encircles the arm midway between
the sbouldes and the elbow. It may
be of wide, black velvet ribbon or of
self-fabric. In, either event it is
elaborately be-frweled or It may i
flaunt an important large brooch or c
spray clip, or a group of whimsical a
little cluster pins. I
Washington has now put a ban on
conventions, which strikas us as
strictly okay. A convention is a ren
dezvous of agitated citizens whose
wives will accept no other excuse
tor a week's absence from home.
It is a noisy gathering of middle
aged men who think that fighting for
a hotel room is good for their
ft .. fi T
It is a hnddle in lobbies and ban
quet halls of let's-get-together once
a year to see if the competitors have
It is a gandy-dance by men who
think spending a week trying to get
in and out of elevators conies under
the head of business promotion.
The whole idea of conventions
was started by the railroads and
hotel people and perpetuated by the
aspirin tablet Industry. The theory
is that a contention Is good for
whatever line the delegates are in.
Bat nobody has ever returned from
one in shape to be any kelp te the
boss for 341 days.
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And his back home discomforts
are always added to by the discov
ery he lost his watch, packed a pil
low case instead of bis pajamas and
can't remember the four fellows he
had a fleht with.
Conventions are a series of lost
motions concerning matters that
could all be batter settled by mail.
A delegate spends $25 a day doing
nothing he couldn't do by postcard,
except denounce the phone girl. By
staying home he could have avoided
fallen arches, acidosis, the scrap
with the tardcab driver and those
foolish words to the manicure girl.
We know men with national repu
tations for sagacity and soBd sense
who will travel 1,000 miles, spend a
week In a bom hotel, get ptomaine
poisoning, pay 40 cents for a soft
boiled egg and consider It all comes
under the head of demonstrating
routine business acumen.
And we can name gents famed
for old-fashioned thrift who come to
the big city and pay 25 cents Just
to get their own hat back.
A convention la a device for bring
ing to distant points men who think
they can only develop bright ideas
if their eyes are full of train cinders.
The only thing we oah say In fa
vor of a convention la that It gives
a fellow a chance to slap on
the back and say "Hello, J.- D.
How's tricks?" to an associate who
otherwise refuses to be friendly ex
cept by letter.
You listen to 10 speeches, IB lec
tori e and 100 committee reports but
you still go home without finding
out why a glass of milk in a hotel
should cost a half-dollar.
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The Real New York
How silly the idea that the spirit
of New York is found on Broad
way! That is where millions of vis
itors concentrate, thinking they are
seeing the real Gotham. But we took
our semi-annual hike along the down
town water front a few days ago
and know better. The gTeat docks
teeming with life, the countless
freighters loading up with vital sup
plies, the tugs huffing and puffing
around the bay, the coast guard
ships (of all types and shapes), the
sailors, soldiers and seamen from
all ports of the world; and over it
all an atmosphere of serious energy,
hard work and accomplishment that
makes the Times Square area look
like a mere dizzy zone.
Super Gal ]
A wonder woman rarely - j
b Mrs. Either Gram pi:
She really can keep track of
Her good and no-good itampe. j
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Lift the Stefan! !
The navy department baa rated i
that the fleets may carry beer and i
ale for the sailors to drink ashore. ,
But red tape being what it some- 1
times is in the services, we hope the 1
boys don't get ashore with a few j
cases of beer and And Washington i
Forgot the "openers." 1
It came as a surprise to this do- i
jartment to learn that not since 1
Joseph us Daniels made the navy i
sone dry 25 years ago has an Amer- i
can warship carried anything but I
loft stuff. Restoration of beer will I
io more tor naval morale than 1
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HI diddle diddle, I
The botch ta the middle, I
The eew lamps over the eeO- c
The easterners Jut t
TeD "Sirloin or but!" r
And K aD leads ta choice den- p
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The Barnum - Bailey circus an- "
ounces that it will have metal cir
ns seats next season. Wo knew
one use wu bound to be found n
m those old razor blades
lUlwa?d by Waatern Hewepaper Umkam.
A REAL FARMER
HAS 'A WAT OF LIFE'
The late Frank O. Lowden, one
time governor of IllinoU, waa a busi
ness fanner. Hia meaaure of euc
ceaa waa the caah dividends ha
could pay on the inveatmeptd he had
in hia hundreda of Illinoia acrea and
the buildinga and etfutpment of the
farm plant. That meaaurlng stick of
cash dividends is also used in meas
uring the success of the Pullman
Car company, the caah dividends it
can pay to its stockholders. Frank
Lowden was first of all a business
man, and to him farming was a
business venture. He was typical of
the large farm operators throughout
the nation. They, too, farm as a
business and count cash dividends
as their measure of success.
Not far removed from the Low
den acres in northern Illinois is the
modest 180-acre farm of George
Wermact. He farms, not as a busi
ness, but as a way of life. He farms
because he likes the farm way of
living. He derives a pleasure from
helping to make things grow. He
likes the gamble offered by each
season's weather conditions, and
solving the problems such conditions
offer. He likes being his own mas
ter, the architect and engineer of his
own career. He especially appre
ciates the insurance his acres pro
vide tor himself and family, an In
surance of food, shelter and fuel.
He knows there will be potatoes
in the cellar bin, mead on the hoof
whenever it is needed, milk and but
ter to be had for the taking, eggs in
the henhouse, and trees in the wood
lot that will provide fuel. He looks
at all of those things, not at cash
dividends, as his measure of suc
cess. He farms because he likes
farming as a way of life.
George Wermact, far more than
was Governor Lowden, is the typi
cal American farmer, and may
he continue to be all of that as an
exponent of an American way of
life. He is to agriculture what the
small one-man owned and operated
plant is to industry.
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II Theodore Roosevelt were still
alive he would point to the family
of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney J. Bour
goyne of Philadelphia as among -
the models for Amerlea. At the
time of the reeent celebration of
their golden wedding, the family
was enumerated as: Mr. and
Mrs. Bourgoyne, two daughters,
nine sons, two sons-in-law, eight
daughters-in-law, 22 grandchil
dren and one great grandchild.
Sidney Bourgoyne Is known in the
big cities and the small towns
from eoast-to-eoast as the "help
ful smile man." He has reason
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V. S. BUREAUS HAVE
MANY DIFFICULT RULES
WHEN I WAS A BOY some of the
farmers around the village in
which I lived raised sugar cane.
They sold their product to a small
plant in the village engaged in
making cane syrup. Those farmers
would probably have stopped rais
ing sugar cane had they had to
interpret and comply with present
bureaucratic OPA rules in deter
mining the price they were to
charge. After several pages of pre
amble the OPA rule as to price gets
down to this: "The producer (the
farmer) is therefore entitled to only
that part of 4.5 cents which is equal
to the portion that the net contents
of the case, 312 ounces, bears to 5
gallons, 640 ounces." In the end
the farmer is given this prob
lem: "Multiply .4875 by 4.5 (.4875 z
4.5 ? 2.19375) and get the sum of
2.1838. I have not yet discov
ered whether or not that 2.1838 told
the farmer what he is to charge, or
for how much of his sugar cane.
It all represents one of the count
less funny rules the bureaucrats
make for our guidance.
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MANPOWER IN THIS WAR
IN THE FIGHT TO BREAK the
Sigfried line in Germany there were
In the Allied forces one Canadian,
me British, one French and five
American armies, including the air
jome force. The claim waa made
ay our Allies in World War I that
America did not do a full share of
he fighting, that we provided
!unds more than men. In World War
3 we certainly provided funds, but
t is also quite evident that we have
arovided a full share of battle
font man power. America and Rus
da did the heavy work of the past
hree years. We will also do the
najor part in the rehabilitation of
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WE OF THE OLDER generation
rill remember the terrific national
towl we set up over the first "ba
ton dollar congress." We consid
red such expenditures outrageous,
'odsy the interest charge on the na
ional debt amounts each year to
oore than seven times the appro
iriations of that "billion dollaf con
gress," and that is a small item to
ny. Now we would welcome a
ONE billion dollar congress."
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THE PROBLEMS OF peace will
ot be easily solved.
itili ff is
Bet on the APO
By MARION TAYLOR
1 ~ M r >1 ii ii
T DON'T know by what atroka of
fortune three boys who grew up
together in the aame little town of
Prairie Junction. Iowa, ehould land
in the aame flying outfit in the Pacif
ic, but here we are. And one of ua
haa become an ace with more
knocked-out enemy plane* to hia
credit than any other Tank in thia
theater. That'a Roger Bamea. But
Tom Norria a till haa the hand
aomeat face and the moet devil
ish eyes and the most broken hearts
along hia trail of all men on our
island. That Is, he. did until Roger's
fame and daring txhde headlines in
moat of the American newspapers.
Roge is a big fallow, awkward
and shy as a newborn colt That's
why he never even had a girl back
in the old home town, I guess. Al
though I know plenty who would
have been glad enough to step out
with him, if he'd given them a
chance. Especially Polly Meacham.
And Roger was plenty fond of Polly,
too. But the only time he ever
scraped up enough nerve to ask her
for a date, she already had one
with Tom Norria. And he waa too
darn bashful ever to ask her again.
For weeks Tom had been brag
ging about getting the most letters
from dames of all the guys in our
gang. On the other hand, Roge prob
ably got the least mail of all of
us. But after all those high-powered
| "Dearest Itfet," it said. ?
write-ups about Roge and his
bravery, and his Gary Cooperish
face appeared in all the newspa
pers and magazines, things sure
Of course the fellows in our tent
weren't slow to let Tom know that
there was one guy in the outfit get
ting more mail from dames than he
was. Tom bet Roge two hundred
dollars that, given a month's time,
he could still be top man so far
as such missives were concerned.
Roge took him up, stipulating that
everything must be on the up and
up or the wager would be off.
I offered to help Roge with his
answers, and didn't spare the roses,
I described the moonlight and the
wide sweep of sand and said how
lonely I was, and how I wished they
were here beside me, and we signed
Roge's name. And the results were
But Die strangest thing was that
letters started pouring in by the
bucketful for Tom, too. He let us
examine them, and they all seemed
to be the McCoy.
The wont of it was that there waa
a letter to him from Polly
Meacham. Beside those she sent
poor old Roge, It sizzled and
Thinfs went en like this for
a while, with Tom gradually noeing
I dropped e personal note to PoOy,
telling' her ebout the bet aad hew
Roge really loved her aad "w"g
her please to do a little sleuthing
about Tom at her end.
Two days before the month ended,
Roger eat on his bunk reading a
long letter from Polly with smiles
chasing themselves all over his
face. And, after he had finished, he
handed it to me with a aide,
"Dearest Roger," it said. "Yes,
I'm going to begin my letter that
way because I've been In love with
you almost forever, and I think you
care a little about me.
"But I have another important
thing to take up with you first, lbs
bet you made with Ton? Norrls. ,
"About a month ago a letter came
from Tom, asking me to marry him.
Naturally I was flabbergasted. But
men are pretty scarce here, sad
your notes were pretty stiff and for
mal, so I aren't too deflate in my
refusal. I?well, I thought I'd stall
"One afternoon at the Red Cross-1
Lucy Beemis came in, her face shin
ing like a Christmas candle. 'Girls,'
she shouted, Tm engaged to Tom
Norris and I want you to be the
first to know it.'
" "Like heck you are,' glared
Gertie Simons. He Just proposed to
me via air mail, and I accepted
"There were ten girls fat that one
group Tom had proposed to by
A. P.O. '
"So, Roge, you really win. You
can teD the boys that Tom violated
the terms of the agreement by ask
ing more than fifty girls to marry
him just to beat the bet on the
A.P.O. . . . "
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