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A softer look for summertime

By EUNICE FARMER Special to the Times
Published May 24, 2007


Dear Readers: I have been telling you about the latest details for spring and summer, including the return of the "puff" or fullness at the cap of sleeves. Today's pattern selection is Vogue 8354, sizes 6 to 20. It is a simple two-piece dress, with a flattering neckline and the very new shaping of the sleeve cap. It is fitted and can be worn with or without a belt. The pattern also includes three-quarter-length sleeves. This is a pattern that can be made quickly, just in time for summer wearing.

Better shoulder fits

Q: The shoulder width of all my patterns is too wide. How do I alter the pattern, and must I also make the caps of the sleeves more narrow?

A: I never recommend changing the cap of the sleeve. It must fit the armhole of the pattern. To change the width of the shoulders, take a small tuck at the center of the shoulder, tapering to nothing, on the pattern before cutting your garment. This preserves the original shape of the armhole, and the sleeve will still fit perfectly.

This week's winner

Each week, a reader wins a prize for sending in a helpful sewing hint. This week's winner is Ann Henry of Lawrenceville, Ga. She will receive a collection of 100 hand-sewing needles from England. Her tip:

"I keep a picnic caddie on my sewing-machine table to hold scissors, rulers, marking pencils, etc. This keeps the small items handy, together and within reach."

You, too, could win a collection of hand-sewing needles. Send your sewing tips to Eunice Farmer, Box 31729, St. Louis, MO 63131, or 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 in St. Louis.

[Last modified May 23, 2007, 20:06:38]

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