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Dear Vicki: I have a granddaughter! I know I will want to make little winter coats for her to wear to church and special occasions just like the ones I made for her mother. I foolishly did not save the patterns! Can you find me a very formal little coat pattern for a nice wool – a velvet collar would be nice, too. Thanks for your help. – Tommene G.Dear Tommene: My mom …

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Dear Vicki: Some time ago you had a question from Julia T. about making an Asian-style dress because she was inspired by an exhibition. I, too, would like to make this traditional style dress. Alas, I have overindulged, and the dress you suggested would never make a flattering garment for me. Can you find me a pattern that will allow for my body? Thanks. – Agatha W.Dear …

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Dear Vicki: I just finished my mother-of-the-bride dress and I like it, but why did I choose a strapless gown? I am not going to be comfortable in February without a jacket or shawl or something to keep me warm, not to mention covered in church.Can you help me? – Lynda M.Dear Lynda: I found a lovely new pattern from McCall’s for you. It’s pattern number 7289 and shou…

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Dear Vicki: I’ve been writing to you for a couple of years for suggestions for my little girls. They love to sew little projects and are already looking forward to winter vacation and crafty things to do with me. Their skills are still at the beginner level. What have you found for us to make this year? Thanks so much for all your past ideas. – Paige G.Dear Paige: This…

Cowl necks are a stylish solution for women who feel trapped in turtlenecks and chilly in crewnecks. The sweaters look so cozy, but cowl necks also show up on dresses (including some with cowl backs), sleeveless blouses and sporty pullovers.The most popular style of the season? It’s neck and neck. you may have to choose more than one.On the runway: Cowl necks made a stat…

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Dear Vicki: I am getting married again, at 55, so I am agonizing over the look. Of course I don’t want a traditional gown. I have looked at mother-of-the-bride dresses, and nothing seems special enough. Do you have any ideas to help me? Thanks so much for your suggestion. – Judi S.Dear Judi: First of all, congratulations! I wish you much happiness! I think the choice o…

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Victorian ChristmasIt’s one of Western New York’s favorite holiday traditions, and it’s coming up fast. Victorian Christmas at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, 641 Delaware Ave., kicks off Dec. 3 with a wine tasting and silent auction. Other events include several fashion show luncheons, an Irish Christmas celebration Dec. 7, a gourmet wine and food pairing din…

Loose braids. Tight braids. Side braids. Back braids. Girls and women of all ages are wearing their hair in a dizzying array of braid styles – from French to fishtails. Braids are as popular on red carpets and runways as they are at soccer games and homecoming dances. Here are a few of the variations spotted on models and actresses the last couple months.Amy Schumer: The…

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When it comes to fashion, it’s not just what you wear. It’s what you wear it with. This is especially true come fall with the influx of styles, fabrics, patterns, colors and textures vying for our attention. Some clothes beg to be layered. Others call for a killer shoe, hat or handbag to finish off a look. Oh, what a bright red clutch can do to a black-and-white outfit…

With fall comes owl decor, whether it fits into a harvest, Halloween or wintry woodland theme. Some owls appear watchful and wise; others quite menacing. Find one that speaks to you and, in return, it will look right at home.Stand tall: This handsome owl is handcrafted in polystyrene foam, grass, paper, metal and glass. It measures 13 inches high and 5 inches wide and is p…

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Soft touchThe faux fur is flying in decorative accents for the home. You’ll see it on throws and pillows but also on attention-grabbing pieces such as stools.Nate Berkus includes the Striated Faux Fur Stool, $64.99, in his fall/holiday collection for Target. It looks so furry, you may want to put it on a leash and take it for a walk.Pottery Barn also offers a couple faux…

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Dear Vicki: When traveling in Europe this summer I bought the neatest skirt. It is a wrap that is totally reversible. The band and skirt are four different fabrics, so you have a very new skirt every time you wear it. Help me find a pattern so I can make more of them. – Patty R.Dear Patty: I found this pattern by Indygo Junction – 1114 Sidekick Wrap Skirt – and I th…

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Dear Vicki: I have a girl who is a fashionista. She has requested that I make her a dress that has the hem longer in back to wear to a wedding this winter. Can you find me such a thing? – Kara R.Dear Kara: Here is what I found: McCall’s 7180. It’s pretty cute; I hope she likes it. The big bow certainly can be deleted....This is an old column:Dear Eunice: Can you help…

More on MarsalaRemember last December when Pantone announced that Marsala was its 2015 Color of the Year? This season you are indeed seeing this rich hue and many of its variations – whether as a solo act or combined with other colors.“Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, whil…

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Dear Vicki: School is starting, and my daughter is a preschool teacher. She needs some smock-type aprons. So I would love if you could find a neat pattern for me so I can make her some. Thanks. – Cindy S.Dear Cindy: Indygo Junction has a pattern they call “Sixties Smock.” It is simple to make; you could use amazing prints. It even has three-quarter-length sleeves to …