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"Gorgeous' gown fits bill for fall

I will be attending a very formal affair this fall, and I would love to have a gown made in chiffon. Fortunately, I have a fabulous dressmaker.

Will you suggest a pattern?

I have selected Vogue 2799, sizes 6-22, designed by Tom and Linda Platt. It can be all in one color, or a blend of colors as the pattern suggests. I have never seen a more gorgeous gown.

Sewing for teens

My teenage daughters would love to have me sew for them. But they want patterns that are like ready-to-wear. Please help!

I have selected Kwik-Sew 3152 as a great pattern for today's fashions. It is a skirt with the new ruffled hem and no waistband. The above-waist top is gathered at the neckline and lower edge.

It can be made in a solid color or combined with a print.

Color can jazz up suits

My position with a large company requires that I wear classic suits. I always feel out of the loop because my clothes don't have a new look.

What can I do to look more in fashion and still wear dull suits?

This is the year when we should all be thinking of color. There are many ways you can update your wardrobe and add some pizazz.

Also think about accessories. They will give your suits a great new look.

First, you can add a new scarf, blouse or shell, or change the buttons on your suits from pure classic to more fun. You can add a new belt or contrasting pants or skirt as an addition to your jacket.

Purses are the hottest accessory of the year _ another great way to add color. Just choose accessories in a less classic tone. They will blend perfectly, and you will feel that you have a new wardrobe.

Color in small amounts is the answer.

Capri length varies

I see women of all ages wearing capri-length pants. I am very short and wonder what length I should make my pants for the "new look."

I have checked with ready-to-wear as well as patterns and find there is no one length featured for capri pants. Some are just below the knee; some are just above the ankle; but most of them are calf length. As with all lengths, it is a personal choice.

Put the pants on and decide the most flattering length for you. In your case, a slightly longer length will probably be most flattering.

This week's winner

Each week, a reader wins a prize for sending in a helpful sewing hint. This week's winner is Katherine Chartrand of Croghan, N.Y. She will receive a thumb pincushion. Her tip:

"To organize your sewing table, take an old silverware caddy from your dishwasher to keep scissors, rotary cutters, marking pens and other notions at your fingertips."

You, too, could win a thumb pincushion. Send your sewing tips to Eunice Farmer, Box 31729, St. Louis, MO 63131. If she selects your tidbit for publication, you'll receive this prize.

Eunice Farmer is a nationally recognized authority on sewing.

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