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Sew Simple / By Vicki Farmer Ellis

Dear Readers: This is a second reply to Mary Ann T., who last month wanted a shirt with a tie at the neck. I suggested a pattern that is found on the Internet at the BurdaStyle website. Now I have a suggestion for those who don’t want to or can’t access the Web. This is a Vogue pattern, No. 1368, from designer Donna Karan, and should be available at any store that carries Vogue patterns. It is a classic look that works well alone or with a jacket. This one is designed for woven fabric, unlike the one I recommended last month – that one was for stretch knits only. You could make this blouse using a very sheer, gauzy fabric for an updated look and then wear a camisole underneath. Even though this pattern has the Vogue name, don’t be scared; it is very basic and easy to construct, even for a beginner.


Readers: Here’s another oldie from Eunice. She is well and getting ready to celebrate 97 in June. She sends a big, affectionate hello to all those who read her column for the 50 years she wrote it.

Dear Eunice Farmer: I see so many patterns for sleeveless tops that I love, but I can’t wear sleeveless anymore. Can I simply add a sleeve to the pattern? It seems like that would be so easy. If it is, why don’t companies offer this view with the other? Thanks. – Delia W.

Dear Delia: Never try this. You won’t be happy with the results unless you make other changes. A sleeveless top is cut with a smaller armhole and higher than a standard armhole. You must recut the armhole from the same pattern that you are using for the sleeves. This isn’t too difficult. Simply place one pattern over the other and cut the correct armhole and underarm seam for success!


Each week I share a reader’s tip and thank him or her with a set of 100 fine English hand-sewing needles. This week’s tip is from Betsy Allen, of Torrance, Calif. She writes:

“I love scuffs to lounge around in, but they don’t love me and constantly slip off, especially when going up and down stairs. I fixed mine by using an awl to punch a hole at each side by the sole and attaching elastic for a “seat belt” to hold my heels in place. You could use ribbon or just fabric straps, but use some elastic so they hug your foot.”

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