Dear Vicki: I love new, unusual details in my clothes, especially ones that I take the time to construct myself.
My question is, can you find me a simple sleeveless shell that is also interesting in some way? I use really lovely, expensive fabrics, and I want something that will be worth the time and investment. Thank you for finding a new look for me. – Anne P.
Dear Anne: All of my readers know I love Louise Cutting Designs, and she has one for you. This is a fairly new pattern, and is called Danger: Curves Ahead. This pattern has a perfectly simple front with only top-stitching as a detail and a curved hem, but the back has an interesting button detail. For those of you who need or simply like it, Louise has complete instructions for adding a bust dart to the front in individual cup sizes. There is also a view for a tunic included. As always, the pattern instructions are extensive and packed with nifty tips. Please try to find this at a local shop, but if you can’t, then send me a check for $22.75, and I will send the pattern to you.
Dear Vicki: Please tell us again how to determine if a fabric is nylon, polyester or cotton. I know you covered this some time ago, but I didn’t save the information. Thanks. – Kelly G.
Dear Kelly: You usually can determine fabric content by burning a small bit with a match or lighter. Cotton will ignite and flame, leaving ash, and smell like burning paper. Nylon will melt leaving a hard, gray, round bead and smell like celery. Polyester melts away from the flame and leaves a hard round bead like the nylon but smells more like chemicals. Acrylic melts into a hard, black, irregular bead and smells like acid. Wool burns slowly and smells like burning hair, and leaves a brittle bead that crumbles. Silk also smells like burning hair but leaves ashes. I hope this was helpful.
This week’s tip is from Judy Dembinski of East Aurora. She writes:
“After using a pattern, I fold every pattern piece separately with the pattern number showing. Everything fits neatly into a zip-top bag, and it’s easy to choose your pieces for different views.”
Please send tips and questions to Vicki Farmer Ellis, P.O. Box 220463, St. Louis, MO 63122, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.