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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.
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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.
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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.”

email info@eunicefarmerfabrics.com.