Dear Eunice Farmer: Are jumpers in style now? I look much better in a jumper with blouses than I do in a skirt. Skirts cut me off at the waist when I wear them with contrasting blouses. -- Connie T.
Dear Connie: Yes, jumpers are definitely in style because they are similar to the slip dresses that have been so popular the last couple of years. I have selected Butterick 5141, sized 6-22. (You can also make petite sizes with this pattern.)
I love the long, slender lines and the added pleats that are so graceful in the A-line skirt. Try the longer length; it's this season's hottest look. If you don't like the new length, you can always make it shorter, but long is a trend not a fad!
This jumper would be lovely in a lightweight wool, a sueded rayon or any fabric that has some body. A softer fabric will not hold the pleats as well.
A dart dilemma
Dear Eunice Farmer: I have a very expensive pair of designer pants that have no waistband. The darts come to the top of the pants for a close fitting. I would like to copy this style but can't find a pattern. -- Carolyn K.
Dear Carolyn: Simply use a pattern that has darts in the front and back. To finish the cut edge, use grosgrain ribbon, stitch to the right side and turn to the inside of the pants. You may also cut a facing of your fabric, attach it to the cut edge and, again, turn to the narrow side to finish. A waistband isn't necessary, but you must stabilize the edge to keep it from stretching.
When a suit's a dress
Dear Eunice Farmer: I am thoroughly confused when I look through catalogs. They call a garment that looks like a suit, a dress! -- Meg P.
Dear Meg: A suit is usually lined and worn with blouses and sweaters. A two-piece dress has much less construction and no linings, and you wear it closed at all times. Think of it as a dress, only in two pieces instead of one.