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Dear Eunice Farmer: I'm so happy to see the jumpsuit returning to popularity. I would like to make one for a formal affair. Please suggest an appropriate pattern for a patio party. -- Marsha M.

Dear Marsha: I have selected Vogue 7882, sized 8-18. It features a halter neckline. Select a soft, flattering and exciting print for an outdoor party.

One tip to remember: It's very important to check the length of the waistline seam and the depth of the crotch. Both are critical to the success of the jumpsuit.

Be careful with border prints

Dear Eunice Farmer: I have fallen in love with a beautiful border print, but I don't know just what to do with it except use it at the hemline. Can you give me other ideas? -- Lois C.

Dear Lois: Remember one important detail when using borders: You must use them on straight edges. In other words, you can't use the border on an A-line skirt. It must be straight at the side seams. You may use it at the hem of pants, on the edge of a wrap skirt, as a yoke on a blouse or dress. If the border is geometric and doesn't have a direction in the design, it can be used at the center front of jackets, blouses, etc.

It takes a little imagination to use unusual fabrics. This is the real joy of sewing. Don't avoid these unusual, lovely fabrics; simply allow enough time to plan before cutting.

Velcro problem solved

Dear Eunice Farmer: With Velcro used on so many sports clothes for my children, how can I keep it from pulling and tearing other garments in the washing machine? -- Lauren W.

Dear Lauren: You must always put both of the closures together before washing. This will prevent the teeth from gripping other fabrics.

Tip of the week

Each week, a reader wins a prize for sending in a helpful sewing hint. This week's winner is Doris Mueller of New Port Richey, Fla. She will receive a wonderful sewing notion. It's a thumb pincushion. This is a beautifully made cushion, tightly filled and easy to use. You'll love it! Her tip:

"When you have trouble keeping the thimble on your finger, put tape around your finger. The thimble will stay on!" (Another tip is to moisten your finger; it will prevent the thimble from slipping off.)

Send your sewing tips to Eunice Farmer, Box 31729, St. Louis, MO 63131.

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