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The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio • Page 59

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THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRERThursday, Feb. 28, 1980 PEOPLE TODAY E-7 Mail-Order Firms Offer Unique Patterns, Fabric, Accessories seumg white-white splashed with yellow or melon. And lots of knlts-not your regular double knits, but the very classy knits that have Interesting textures and weaves. And there will be linens and linen looks, not the rumply linens of last year, but heavier with more body." For swatches, send $2 (which is applicable toward your first fabric purchase) to "Imaginations 1980" at 61 Kindall Framingham, Mass. 01701.

are items which have unusual color, texture or weave. With her partner, Jeanne Cowan, who was formerly In retailing and teaching, Schecter began Imaginations about a year and a half ago. There's no showroom, but rather an unusual catalog in which swatches are co-ordinated with both top and bottom weights. For example, blue wools are grouped with co-ordinating blue tone cotton and silk blouse weights. "In general our prices are lower.

For example, we carry every color of Ultrasuede at $39 a yard, along with the co-ordinating blouse weight fabrics In cotton, silk and fine poly," said Schecter. We asked Schecter about their spring inventory: "Colors are excit-ing-not neon brights, but mid-brights. A lot of color with a lot of BY DONNA SALYERS Enquirer Contributor People who sew are often very particular people; they cjo not settle for the mass produced, but seek those Items which are special, unique. It Is for those persons that this list of resources was compiled. Fashion Touches Is a mall-order company that custom covers buttons, belts, buckles, even earrings and cuff links.

Fabric may be furnished or you may choose from Its leathers in seven colors. If you think all buttons are round and flat, take another look. Fashion Touches has gold or nickel overlays for every fashion look. And not Just buckled belts, but belts with leather tabs, belts to snap, hook or lace, crushable belts and on and on. Order all types of covered uphol- stery buttons as well as a wide selection of garment buttons.

For a free catalog, write to Fashion Touches at PO Box 804, Bridgeport, Conn. 06601. IMAGINATIONS, also a mall-order company, was started by two young women who saw a market for fine fabric. Co-owner Laurie Schecter, a former fabric buyer for a retail store, says, "A small town Just can't support a store selling really fine fabric, but there are enough people in other parts of the country to support a market of fine fabrics-not just fine, but something special. We try to get unusual fabrics things a little bit different.

Our best sellers PAST PATTERNS, 2017 Eastern S.E., Grand Rapids, Mich. 49507, is a small one-woman operation specializing in authentic patterns of fashions from the 1890s and early 1900s. Saundra Altman, who began her mall-order business just over a year ago, seeks out the very special designs to duplicate not just the everyday clothing of that period. Captions such as "Late 1890s Ball Gown" and "Late 1890s Fancy Promenade Suit" describe the designs in her catalog, along with eor-sets, corset covers and other "unmentionables" intended to be worn under those designs. An initial reaction might be "but who buys patterns for period clothing?" "Lots of people," according to Altman.

"Brides are my biggest business. But there are antique automobile people and equestrian groups all over the world who wear costumes. And historical preservation groups-there are thousands of people across the country involved In historical preservation, plus bicycle people they all need special costumes. And museums have been approaching me." Altman does extensive research for each design, piecing together bits of information obtained from old books and magazines. Some designs, however, are taken from actual garments offered by individuals or organizations.

ALTMAN, WHO has a fashion design background, was aghast at the notion that one of these garments might be ripped apart to obtain a pattern duplicate: "I could never do that. Why, it would be like destroying history." What she does do Is study the construction and design since most garments of that age are too fragile to take apart and indeed might even be In shreds. Each pattern is complete with "Fashion Notes" explaining the type fabric which might have been used in the original gown and how the It's Wise To Prepare For Power Failure PAST PATTERNS offers such creations as this dotted Swiss muslin that perhaps a lady of leisure would have worn on an agreeable summer day to play croquet. freeze In those drain traps under sinks and in toilets. If you drained them, noxious sewer gases would enter the house.

So flush all toilets, sponge the remaining water our of the tanks and pour about a gallon of 50-50 water-antifreeze mixture into each bowl and sink drain. A hot water heating system also might have to be drained, but get instructions before you do. Appliances. Leave them off for at least 10 minutes after power returns. They could be damaged by the restored power until its voltage rebuilds to normal levels.

Turn them on one at a time to prvent a sudden load surge, which also could be harmful. one outside door and seal the others by taping plastic or hanging blankets over them after they're locked. Pipes. If heat stays off for a while, you can keep water lines from freezing by leaving one or two faucets open enough to allow a trickle of water. Make sure drains aren't clogged.

In an extended power failure, which could force you to abandon your home, you can prevent water lines from freezing by draining the water system. Turn off the water near the water meter, open the drain cock next to the meter, turn on all the faucets so they drain and drain the hot water tank. Preventing waste lines from freezing, though, will require anti design is properly accessorized. A real sense of history comes across as Altman relates the design's origin, who wore a particular design, and perhaps names the special occasion for which it was intended. Write to Altman at the above address for more information, or send $6 for a complete catalog.

BY CLIFF SMITH Gannett News Service Although this has been one of the least challenging winters In most areas of the U.S., there could be a lot of weather problems between now and spring. And winter seldom ends when the calendar tells It to. Here are some preparations you can make right at home: Flashlights. Every member of the family old enough to use one should have one. Since power failures often occur at night, put one In each bedroom within reach from the bed.

In a darkened home, you'd also appreciate a lantern with a large battery or a kerosene lantern for lighting an entire room such as the kitchen or den. Stock extra batteries, preferably in the refrigerator, where they'll keep longer. Avoid candles, if possible, because they're a fire hazard. Fire extinguishers. These are year-round essentials, but they're needed particularly in the winter, when fires occur more often.

Snow-clogged roads also could delay or prevent firemen from responding with their usual promptness. Inspect extinguishers regularly to make sure they're fully charged. Emergency stove. A power failure leaves all-electric homes without cooking facilities. But a small propane camp stove or a unit using canned heat can be a fair substitute.

Keep your charcoal grill out of the house, though, because the fumes might get you before you take your first bite of food. Emergency heater. Any power failure also will make your furnace as useful as a swimming pool in a blizzard. If you have a fireplace or wood stove, keep some dry wood In the basement, garage or outdoors and covered. If you have no wood-burning equipment, one of those new kerosene heaters, which burn with little or no odor, can heat at least one room efficiently.

Then centralize all family activities in the room with the heat. Water. You wouldn't have any If your water lines froze or if the power failed and the local water company has electric pressure pumps without any standby power source. Keep emergency drinking water In thermoses to prevent freezing. Water for washing and other purposes can be stored in cans or jugs.

Food. If shopping Is a problem, you'll be glad to have a supply of canned food or other items that can be eaten with minimal preparation. If you keep the refrigerator door closed most of the time, food inside will keep for at least 24 hours. Freezer food can keep for up to 48 hours If the freezer Is full and kept closed. Important prescriptions should be filled In advance, if possible.

Window. Keep a large sheet or two of heavyweight clear plastic and duct tape on hand. If a window is broken during a storm, tape or tack the plastic over the outside, If possible. For stronger reinforcement, use strips of wood and small nails around the edges of the plastic. Doors.

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