Perfect fit for business trips

By EUNICE FARMER, Special to The Times
Published February 8, 2007

Q: I wear a plus size and need a jacket that can be dressed up or down for business trips. I don't want a strictly tailored blazer, but one with softer lines. Can you help?

A: I will be featuring plus-size patterns more often because of reader demand. I think Kwik-Sew 3368 is perfect, and it comes in sizes 1X to 4X. Your choice of fabric will dictate how dressy your jacket will be. If you choose a beautiful textured silk for your jacket, it will serve both purposes. This fabric is often called silk matka, and is woven in lovely colors. To retain the shape of the fabric, I suggest you underline it or lightly fuse an interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric.

This week's winner

Each week, a reader wins a prize for sending in a helpful sewing hint. This week's winner is Betty Vebber of Canton, N.Y. She will receive a collection of 100 hand-sewing needles from England. Her tip:

"When I'm hand quilting, I thread a full package of needles. I have a small magnetic strip, and as I use up the thread, I place the needle on the magnet so it doesn't get lost. When the last needle is used, I rethread and begin again. Sure saves time!"

You, too, could win a collection of hand-sewing needles. Send your sewing tips to Eunice Farmer, Box 31729, St. Louis, MO 63131, or info@eunicefarmerfabrics.com If she selects your tidbit for publication, you'll receive this prize.

Eunice Farmer is a nationally recognized authority on sewing. She is an author, teacher, lecturer and fashion reporter, and she owns her own fabric boutique and sewing school.