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Dear Eunice Farmer: I wonder if you have any idea how many of us you help even though we don't know how to sew. I have a wonderful dressmaker who makes all my clothes. She not only is a couture dressmaker, but she also has many designer ideas. We both love your column and especially your pattern suggestions. My wardrobe is filled with "Eunice Farmer pattern suggestions"!

I am a career woman who needs beautifully tailored suits. I would love a tailored jacket with lapels, in a longer length with slim lines. Can you help? -- Janet M.

Dear Janet: Many thanks for your letter. I always try to give my readers the latest trends, accessories, fabrics, colors, etc. I'm happy I have reached a new group of women I hadn't thought about!

I have selected Vogue 9907 sized 8-24 for your spring wardrobe. This jacket comes in three lengths. It also features a concealed closing (although I love being able to choose your own buttons for your very own individual touch). The jacket can be worn with skirts or slender pants. You might choose a lightweight wool crepe, gabardine, silk matka or even a silky crepe. You will have a dynamite ensemble for year-round wear!

Donate to schools

Dear Sewing Friends: I have some answers to my question in a recent column about donating fabric, sewing supplies and miscellaneous notion items you no longer need to a worthwhile source where they will be welcomed.

Thanks to Dr. Judy Toggle, director of career education, who came up with a great suggestion. Most middle and high schools have family and consumer science classes (formerly home economics) with many students enrolled who cannot afford fabric and other sewing supplies. Having these supplies on hand will be a tremendous help to students and teachers. Readers should contact their local high school or middle school to donate those valuable supplies!

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