When the end of the nineteenth century
approached, simplicity was the keynote in dresses for young girls.
The large gigot sleeves of the mid-1890s were replaced with a sedate
narrow sleeve. The two seam sleeve had a slight gathered fullness at
the top. At times the design was given a dressy touch by fanciful
sleeve-caps that stood out broadly from the shoulders. Bodice yokes
were filled with insertion lace with a matching high collar. At
times a double ruffled frill would outline the yoke. A popular style
had an unadorned waist joined to a gored skirt, plain and smooth at
the front and sides, but with a graceful gathered fullness at the
back. In 1899, The Delineator recommended poplin, India silk,
cashmere and dimity for a young girl's dress. Decorative trimmings
noted were quillings of ribbon, lace or embroidered insertion, braid
or lace frills.