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A READY-TO-WEAR BLOUSE

Dear Eunice Farmer: I have seen a blouse in ready-to-wear that I would love to make, but I can't find a pattern like it. It is an overblouse that is slightly fitted with a wrap detail. -- Leslie P.

Dear Leslie: I think I have found the perfect pattern for you. It is Vogue 7024, designed by Sandra Betzina, and features the new sizing she has perfected. Instead of the conventional pattern sizes, this pattern is sized from A to J (Bust sizes from 32 inches to 55 inches). I know that if you try these new patterns, you will find the fit is much more accurate!

The pattern is semifitted, has an optional lining and is suitable for novelty or moderate stretch knits only. Long sleeves are also an option!

To seam or not?

Dear Eunice Farmer: The fabric I have chosen for my fall suit has so much surface interest, I would like to eliminate all the seams I can. Is it necessary to have a center back seam? -- Nan R.

Dear Nan: If the center back seam is perfectly straight, you may eliminate this seam. Some designers use the center back seam because it gives more stability to the back, and also gives a slender line. If the center back seam is shaped or curved, you cannot eliminate it and have the same slightly fitted effect.

Sewing tip

Winner of the lighted seam ripper and needle threader for this week's sewing tip is Loraine DeZern of Florissant, Mo. Her tip:

"I had a problem with contour sheets slipping off the corners of the mattress. Elastic doesn't seem as strong anymore. I cut four 9-inch strips of 1/8 -inch elastic and stretched it tightly, sewing it to each corner -- no more slipping off!"

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