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Pattern's style is far from conventional

Dear Eunice: I need help fast. I am going to a convention this spring and need a pattern that is slenderizing. I don't want long sleeves. It must be classic, but I want it to be dramatic. Is there such a pattern for me? _ Ina L.

Dear Ina: I have selected McCall 6381, sizes 6-24 (also adjustable for Miss Petite).

The contrasting banding gives you a wonderfully slenderizing line and the longer jacket is not only fashionable, it also gives you a longer line. This is a simple chemise with jacket. I would suggest rayon, linen, silk matka, etc. as fabric choices, using a contrasting color for your banding. You might use white on black or navy, red on navy, yellow on black, etc. Pick up your favorite colors.

Getting the sag out

Dear Eunice: As I get older, my body has changed radically. I am slender, and my derriere is practically nonexistent. I see so many women with baggy pants because of this. How can we correct this before cutting a pair of pants? _ Yvonne E.

Dear Yvonne: The best way is to simply take a small fold in your pattern from the waist to the hem. Try a \-inch fold (this will take { inch out of each side). Make your darts much smaller. By doing this, you will not only get a better fit because you will eliminate the extra fabric from the end of the dart, you will also add width at the waist. This is important because you have taken fabric from the waist when you folded your original \ inch out of the pattern.

As a safeguard, you might also add a little extra at the side seams before fitting your pants. It is a good idea to make a sample pair of pants out of an inexpensive fabric to be sure your alterations are perfect.

Finishing touch

Dear Eunice: What is the best way to finish the hem of a blouse that will be worn tucked in or worn as an overblouse? _ Terri B.

Dear Terri: I would finish the cut edge of the blouse with my serger to prevent ravelling. Then turn up the hem about { inch, machine stitch very close to the folded edge, and then a second row of stitching \ inch from the first stitching. This will look professional and avoid any bulk.

Winning tip

Winner of the Sim-Flex accurate measuring gauge for the sewing tip of the week is Mrs. J.W. Baulch of Roswell, N.M. Her tip: "To avoid slippage when sewing velvet, baste UP the seam just to one side of the seamline, and DOWN just to the other side of the seamline. Then sew between the two lines of basting and you will have no more trouble with slipping and sliding. It's a little extra work in the beginning, but it's much easier than ripping mistakes."

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