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Dear Readers: With fall just around the corner, we immediately think of accessories. Adding a touch of the newest color can make an old suit look new. My Drapeable Dickey has by far been the most popular accessory I have ever told you about. It is easy to make and flattering to wear; it softens the neckline of jackets and adds immediate pizazz! This was originally found on a $600 suit, and it inspired me to share it with you. The dickey takes about 3/8 yard of silk or silky fabric (even georgette or chiffon) and is very easy to make.

If you would like a copy of my step-by-step instructions for the Drapeable Dickey, please send $3 and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Eunice Farmer, P.O. Box 31729, St. Louis, MO 63131, and your instructions will be sent to you immediately. You'll be wearing it the next week! I will not be offering this again this year!

If it feels good, wear it

Dear Eunice Farmer: Your column is such a help to many of us who don't sew but want to be up-to-date on the latest trends. You always are on target! My question concerns skirts and pants. In some resort areas, where we spend most of our time, you can't even buy a skirt, and besides, you don't see anyone in skirts anymore. Why has this happened? -- Sally C.

Dear Sally: Pants have replaced skirts for many reasons, mainly because of the casual dressing you see for daytime and evening. This began because of the controversy concerning the lengths of skirts -- up one season and down the next.

Today, skirts seem to be very short, just below the knee, and very, very long. Most summer skirts I have seen are almost ankle-length, especially for the young ladies. The length of your skirt is strictly up to you.

I would wear whatever makes you feel good. Have the courage to do your own thing!

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