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A PATTERN FOR HEAVY WOOL ELIMINATES THE COLLAR

Dear Eunice Farmer: I bought a gorgeous piece of wool for a suit, but need your help with a pattern. The fabric is fairly heavy with many strands of uneven yarn in muted colors. It is too heavy to make a conventional notched-collar jacket. Help!

-- Pat H.

Dear Pat: A perfect pattern would be a Chanel-inspired collarless pattern -- Kwik-Sew 3258 (all sizes included). You can weave strands of yarn together for a perfect braid to edge the jacket. Or you can use a fold-over braid and make it a single-layer jacket. The pattern includes a zipper for the front closing or just simply a finished edge. It is fairly boxy; you can always add darts for a slightly fitted look. The neckline is perfect for scarves or turtleneck sweaters.

The pattern also includes a great new look in skirts: It is fairly fitted until it flares out in a flirty hem -- the newest detail in skirts.

Variegated thread

Dear Eunice Farmer: When I use variegated thread in my embroidery work, the design looks like it is striped. Is there any way to eliminate this look?

-- Maggie C.
Dear Maggie: According to Marie Duncan, a sewing specialist, you can use Sulky's "Blendable" thread, which gives you some variation without the striped effect. These threads are created by winding two strands of different but similar colors together. Try it -- it works.

Reusing wedding gown

Dear Eunice Farmer: My wedding gown has been hanging in my closest for 15 years. Is there some way I can use this gown for a quilt so that I have it on a daily basis. My friends have offered to help me if you can suggest some project many of us can use with our wedding gowns.

-- Rhonda W.
Dear Rhonda: I am asking our many readers to help you. Please send any suggestions to me: Eunice Farmer Box 31729, St. Louis, MO, and I will write more about this at a later date!

Hint of the week

Charlotte Summers of North Catham, Mass., writes: "Recently, in the middle of a project, I needed a cord for piping a child's dress. I had no cord and no way to get any immediately. I found a narrow round elastic from an old project. The elastic inside my piping worked perfectly!"

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