Dear Vicki: Can you find a pattern for a shawl or cover-up for my mother to wear to my daughter’s wedding? I want her to look very formal, but shawls often are hard for her to control. Thanks. – Pam K.

Dear Pam: Vogue has a wonderful pattern, number 7161, that has several views. The one I like for your mother wraps and has a button or Velcro closure on the side. It could be made out of a lovely dupioni or satin. She will look wonderfully dressed.
Dear Readers: This is from Eunice:
“In the fall, I try to offer my favorite fashion accessory. I fell in love with the Drapeable Dickey the first time I saw it on a $1,000 suit. It is perfect for most any type of jacket – either with a v-neckline or a notched collar – or if you have a shirt dress that is cut too low, it’s a flattering filler for your dress. It certainly has a touch of dash and pizzazz and changes in an instant from daytime to after-five because of the choice of fabric. The Drapeable Dickey tucks into your skirt or pants and gives you a choice of wearing your jacket buttoned or unbuttoned because it can take the place of a blouse or sweater when you don’t remove the jacket. It takes 1/3 of a yard of fabric and is simple to make. If you would like a copy of the step-by-step instructions, please send $4 and a stamped, self-addressed envelope, and we will send it to you.”
lease note, you don’t need pattern pieces, because it is just a rectangle of fabric folded, pleated and stitched very cleverly. Please send Eunice a short note if you’d like to tell her something nice (to me, Vicki Farmer Ellis, P.O. Box 220463, St. Louis, MO 63122); she is celebrating her 95th birthday and is doing very well, still reading and helping with the column. She would love to hear from her faithful readers.
This week’s reader’s tip is from Carrie Checkley, of Fenton, Mo. :“I use an ice-cube tray to hold all of the extra presser feet for my sewing machine instead of the little pouch that they came in. Now I don’t need to search and scrounge around; I just glance and grab.”