Dear Eunice Farmer: I like the look and feel of a collar, so I'm looking for a jacket with a collar but not the difficult notched collar. Please help. -- Norma M.
Dear Norma: I have selected Butterick 5311, sized from 6 to 22. It features my favorite fitting seam, from shoulder to hem. It can be left open or with a zipper at the center front.
You can wear this jacket with pants or skirts. It comes with several variations. I can see this jacket in daytime or evening fabrics, and you can wear it with a sweater or a dressier shell. The possibilities are almost endless.
Beware of magnets
Dear Sewing Friends: Recently I awarded a prize to a reader who suggested attaching a small magnet to the side of the sewing machine to keep needles close at hand. Thanks to some of you who wrote me, I learned that if your sewing machine is computerized, it is important to keep all magnets away from the machine.
If you are in doubt about your sewing machine, please check with your dealer; it could save you expensive repair bills.
A wedding gown dilemma
Dear Eunice Farmer: We have been married for more than 30 years and have no children. I am at a loss as to what to do with my wedding gown. It's all cleaned and boxed. I don't want to sell it or give it away.
Do you have any ideas about what I can make with the satin material? -- Lois W.
Dear Lois: How about lovely boudoir pillows? Or use the satin for a blouse and trim it with some of the lace.
You said you don't want to give it away, but if you change your mind, you could donate it to your local church for some lucky bride-to-be, or to a theater group.
If readers have other ideas, please write.
China silk lining
Dear Eunice Farmer: Some of the designer suits I see have China silk lining. Do you recommend this over rayon? -- Martie P.
Dear Martie: Rayon linings are used almost exclusively because of the cost factor. I love China silk for my jacket linings; it is lightweight and feels so good. The cost doesn't amount to much more, because it take only about 1 1/2 yards to line most jackets.
This is an option for you to decide; the effect is virtually the same.
Sewing tip of the week
Winner of the lighted seam ripper and needle threader for the sewing tip of the week is Eleanor Moch of Elma. Her tip:
"For an attractive, reasonably priced and quick no-sew Christmas tree skirt, take advantage of holiday sales. Purchase a colorful, round Christmas print tablecloth, cut it from the edge to the center in one spot only and wrap it around the tree trunk!"
Send your sewing tips to Eunice Farmer, Box 31729, St. Louis, Mo. 63131. If she selects your hint for publication, you'll receive this sewing notion.