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LINENS FOR A EUROPEAN VACATION

Dear Eunice Farmer: I'm beginning to plan my wardrobe for a summer vacation in Europe. I would love to wear linens because they are so popular in Europe, but hate the wrinkles. What to do? -- Margie T.

Dear Margie: The Europeans love linen, and they don't even think about the wrinkles. After all, if it weren't linen but a synthetic with the linen look, it wouldn't be linen anymore!

If you really don't think you can live with the wrinkles, why not select a blend of linen-cotton or linen-rayon -- you would still have the look and hand of linen but the blends produce fewer wrinkles! An additional tip: I've always found that if you line your linens, they don't wrinkle as much.

A sheer look

Dear Eunice Farmer: I see so many "sheer fabrics that match a heavier weight," but dont have any idea how to use them. I'm too old for the slip dresses that are so popular and should be worn by younger women. Please give us some ideas? -- Donna N.

Dear Donna: I have selected Burda 2948 sized 10-20 as a suggestion. All the pattern catalogs have similar patterns. You could also use the sheer in a shirt blouse to be worn over a camisole. These sheer fabrics are meant to be constructed without linings. If an interfacing is necessary, you may use an organza, which wouldn't change the character of the fabric.

If you choose to make a sheer jacket, it will camouflage the heavy look of your arms. This look will be very popular this spring and summer!

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