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MAKE SOME RETRO JEANS

Dear Sewing Friends: For holiday fun, add pizzazz to your jeans! Jump on the latest fad to hit the fashion world. You'll find it in all the expensive boutiques, ranging in prices up to $450.

Open the inseam about 12 inches from the hem. Add strips of fabric about 3 inches wide, ranging from satins and brocades to velvets, etc. Forget about coordination -- just choose the wildest combinations possible. Zigzag them to your jeans. You may cover the seams with braids, beads, etc., or just leave them unfinished. You might add dangling beads at the hem; also add beaded trim at the waist to resemble a belt. Restitch the inseam when finished!

I know this sounds crazy, but why not have fun with your clothes with little expense? I didn't think a sketch was necessary; let your own imagination be your guide. But do it now -- fads don't last long!

Holiday greetings to all my sewing friends! I welcome your letters, tips and sewing questions. Please let me hear from you!

Try this blouse

Dear Eunice Farmer: I would sure like you to suggest a blouse pattern that is a little different than the ones I've been making for years. I still love making wonderful blouses in prints to coordinate with suits. -- Lisa A.

Dear Lisa: Vogue has a wonderful new blouse pattern, Vogue 7155 sized 6-22. It has a new and flattering neckline and features the very new three-quarter-length sleeves. It can be worn as an overblouse or tucked into your skirt or pants. This pattern also features other versions, including a hooded neckline, a longer tunic length, long sleeves, etc. You can make it casual or dressy, depending on the fabric. Also, it has great raglan sleeves.

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