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Wrap up an easy summer style

Dear readers: The No. 1 skirt for spring and summer is the wrap skirt. Whether it is very long, knee-length or very short, it's a winner.

It's simple to make, even for beginners. The pattern says it takes only one hour to create.

I have selected McCall 9255, sizes 4 to 22, for your first project to get your summer wardrobe started. You'll live in it from morning to night.

Let your fabric tell your fashion story; it can be very dressy or very casual.

Better fit for pants

Dear Eunice Farmer: I have finally perfected a pattern for pants that I am pretty happy with. It fits my body perfectly, and now I can make pants in less time than it takes to buy them.

I do have one problem, though. I feel that the crotch is cut too low, especially in front. The purchased pants seem to have a shorter crotch, which is more flattering. Can you help me? _ Joyce W.

Dear Joyce: Most American patterns seem to have this problem. This is one reason that many experts suggest using Burda patterns for pants. They have a much better cut, one that is closer to ready-to-wear.

I always suggest cutting the crotch at least 1 inch higher when cutting your pattern. Try the pants on with the new seam. If it is too short, you can always restitch lower until you are satisfied. If the crotch is too long in the beginning, it is very difficult and tedious to shorten.

Let me know if my idea solves your problem.

Bias cut not for everyone

Dear Eunice Farmer: I have tried on several dresses that were cut on the bias and found they weren't too flattering. If I make one, what can I do to remedy this? _ Margie C.

Dear Margie: A dress cut on the bias is not the easiest or most flattering to wear unless you have a perfect figure. The more curves you have, the more problems you will have in fitting.

The stretch of the bias tends to pull across a full bust, waist or hips, emphasizing rather than disguising.

Be honest. Unless you are pencil slim, avoid the bias cut.

Tip of the week

Winner of the lighted seam ripper and needle threader for the sewing tip of the week is Marlene Lyons of North Tonawamda, N.Y. Her tip:

"To pick up loose threads resulting from use of the seam ripper, take a 4-inch to 5-inch strip of masking tape. Rub tape over the area of the threads; it instantly picks them up."

You, too, could win a lighted seam ripper and needle threader. Send your sewing tips to Eunice Farmer, Box 31729, St. Louis, MO 63131. If she selects your tidbit for publication, you'll receive this sewing notion.

Eunice Farmer is a nationally recognized authority on sewing.

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