The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on February 1, 1986 · Page 6
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 6

Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, February 1, 1986
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Living Today The Salina Journal Saturday, February 1, 1986 Page 6 Fittedpeplums new for spring By EUNICE FARMER Cowles Syndicate Inc. It's time again to review the newest colors, fashions and fabrics for the spring and summer of 1986. One thing is certain: It's going to be a colorful season. Bright Sew simple clear and bold colors are contrasted with soft pastels. White and blacks, meanwhile, are catalysts often combined with both. You'll also see lots of clashing combinations of colors; oranges and yellows will be making a strong statement. There's a print explosion — from large tropical florals to primitive batiks and African-inspired designs. Prints definitely dominate the market, and women who sew know how much fun it is to combine prints with solids for an individual look. The spring-summer silhouette is changing from the huge oversized look to a more body-conscious figure, featuring fitted peplums, fitted bodices and often slim, short skirts. The contrast is the full, swingy skirt with lots of pleats combined with more fitted bodices. Look for lots of bare tops found in halter necklines, camisoles, fitted bustiers and the like. These are often topped with unlined jackets. The "sarong" or wrapped skirt, with the open, bare-leg look, also is another popular style. As for fabrics, watch for the new, shiny surfaces found in polished cottons, shantungs, damasks, etc. Equally important are the linen weaves in raw silks, linens, towel- ings, etc. Natural fibers are, found everywhere. Women have finally accepted wrinkles as a status symbol — to show they have the "real" thing in their wardrobe. So don't be afraid of cottons which usually only need a little touch-up with the iron. Next week, we'll talk about the new details to watch for in dresses and suits. Dear Eunice Farmer: I have worked so hard to get my body back into shape this past year and refuse to hide it with those oversized clothes. Please suggest a new style for spring that will be my reward. — JuanitaA. Dear Juanita: Good for you. You do deserve one of the newest looks for spring '86—the fitted bodice with the peplum look. I have selected Vogue 9484, sized from 8 to 18. It is featured with long or short sleeves and a fitted bodice with a peplum. It also features a slim skirt. One of the nifty parts of the pattern is the separate camisole to be worn under the jacket-type top. There are so many color and fabric variations you can add to this pattern that I think you will have fun with it. Besides, a real plus is this is a Very Easy pattern. Dear Eunice Farmer: My husband surprised me with a new overlook- serger machine after you wrote about it in your column. I don't know when I've had such fun. I just love it and am sure it will encourage me to sew more because it saves so much time. I would like to have the instructions for a round tablecloth, so I can surge the edges and make napkins to match.—Mrs. Philip S. Dear Mrs. S.: You are just one of many women who have discovered the fun and advantages of the serger. I hope everyone who sews will have a chance to use one soon. Here are your instructions for the tablecloth: First, measure the height and width of the table. Measure from floor up to the table top, across the table and down to the floor again. This will give you the width you need. Example: if the table is 28 inches Investment dressing a challenge ByMARYLOUODLE County Extension Home Economist The key to investment dressing is not how much you spend on clothes, but how wisely you purchase clothes with a dateless quality. Investment dressing means not only dollars and cents, but also an investment of time, creativity and the motivation to be well-dressed. In the home Investment dressing is a challenge because inflation has affected clothing prices, as well as other everyday necessities. As food, housing and energy costs rise, a smaller percentage of our total expendable income goes for clothing. So, we have to be selective in spending our clothing dollars. Investing your clothing dollar wisely involves studying current fashions and how they can be modified to enhance your own personality and lifestyle. Fashion is never static — that's what makes it so exciting. Clothes change as attitudes and lifestyles change; as new fibers, fabrics and finishes are developed, and as fashion designers are inspired with new ideas. Fashion changes develop gradually. We usually can see them coming, and this gives us a chance to analyze our wardrobes and adjust to new trends. Some fashion-conscious persons seem to have a natural flair for spotting trends. They instinctively select clothing items that hold their own against time and remain in vogue for several years. Even if you don't have this natural fashion instinct, you can acquire taste and fashion sense by watching today's styles and then planning wardrobes that will prove to be good investments. • Wardrobe organization and update: Now it's time to look in your closet. Examine each of last spring's and summer's garments from two points of view: 1. Is it wearable? Try it on; determine if the garment fits, looks and feels good on you, and if it expresses your personality and fits your lifestyle. Return the wearables, organized by garment style, to your closet. 2. Is it unwearable? Are you willing to wear it or will it continue to be pushed back into the closet? Sort the unwearables into four categories — recycling or make-over possibilities; sell and give-aways; store for later, and throw-aways. • Investment dressing planning list: Once your closet is organized, make an investment dressing planning list. List each skirt and under it list the blouses and/or sweaters that make an outfit. If there is a third layer, such as a jacket or vest, it should be listed beside the blouse. Do this with slacks, too, and list dresses with jackets to wear over them. You'll soon see what colors are in your wardrobe. The next step is to write down the items needed to complete the outfits. This written plan could be organized on index cards and used as a guide for putting coordinates together. It also could be used as a shopping guide when you are compelled to follow a "sale" sign. You can staple a fabric swatch to the card with information to help you shop for needed items. The next step is to decide which ^fdthing itemstb buy first, and which ones can wait. Remember, as you do this, all of your new purchases should fit into your -present wardrobe. After you have decided which items you need, and have set your priorities, there are a few other things to consider. At this point, you haven't spent a cent. If you sew, take an inventory of the patterns you have purchased and plan to use. Consider combining garments from different patterns. Also take samples of fabric you have on hand to coordinate with new purchases and before going shopping, check your budget and see how much you have allowed for clothing additions and replacements. Few people will be able to add all needed items at once, but you can build from season to season by adding a few items at a time. Adding some new accessories can change the look of last year's outfits. PAIR SALE CONTINUES Buy 1 Pair Of Sale Shoes At Regular Price Get 1 * Pair FREE! *(of equal value or less) ^^ Hundreds Of Pairs Of tv^V^ Sale Shoes On Racks LJ %-3^L For Easy Selection! MEN'S WOMEN'S & CHILDREN'S WOMEN'S Shoe ctt OPEN SUNDAY 1 TO 4 108 S. Santa Fe Downtown 114 S. Santa Fe high and 30 inches wide, your total length will be 86 inches. Then add two more inches for the hem — a total of 88. (Add even more length if you wish the cloth to drape on the floor.) For our example, you will need two lengths of 45-inch fabric each 2 yards long. Cut one 2-yard length in half lengthwise and seam it to each side of the uncut length. Press seams open and clip selvage if it pulls. Fold the large square in half lengthwise and again in half forming a square. Attach a string the length of half the width of the top plus the length to the floor to a safety pin and pin to the center of the folded square. Extend the length of the string and mark your circle with chalk or a pencil. Cut your quarter circle and it will be a perfect circle that is now ready to hem. Try it on the table to be sure of the exact length and then used a "surged" finish for the hem. Tablecloths are fun to make and will save you money. This week's winner of the Sim-Flex measuring gauge for the sewing tip of the week is Rhoda Sher, 7824 Glenlster Drive, Springfield, Va. 22152. Her tip: "When making buttonholes for blouses, skirts, jackets, etc. make an extra one on a scrap of the material. This will enable you to buy the correct size and color buttons needed. Take the sample with you when you are shopping. (Thanks to all of you who sent in a similar suggestion.)" (You, too, could win a Sim-Flex folding measure. Send your sewing tips to Eunice Farmer, P.O. Box 4994, Des Moines, Iowa, 50306. If she selects your tip for publication, Fanner will send you the Sim-Flex.) Cosmetic firms in Japan face tough market TOKYO (AP) - From the basic bar of soap to the latest formula conjured up in biotechnology laboratories, cosmetic firms are brandishing an array of products to win the $5-billion race to gloss the Japanese woman's face. Women are wooed by fiercely competitive domestic makers while foreign firms are making inroads into the 1.1 trillion yen ($5.4 billion U.S.) market, second in size only to the United States. Last year, imports accounted for slightly less than 20 percent of total sales. "We are at a stage where we must overhaul our approach to the consumer," said Yoshikuni Sato of Shiseido Co., which dominates the market with more than a quarter of annual sales and puts out 2,100 products. Meanwhile, its biggest rival, Kanebo Ltd., promotes lipstick and eyeshadow made with biotechnology techniques through its "Bio Cinderella" campaign girl. Max Factor, the foreign leader, is seeking to become a "color leader" with its "freaky lips," a palette of seven lip shades ranging from blue to yellow that encourages creativity among young Japanese women who tend to lack confidence in choosing colors, said spokeswoman Setsuko Ninomiya. Also in the arena are foreign firms that sell their products mostly in high class department stores. Department stores account for only about 5 percent of cosmetics sales, but are enjoying annual sales increases of about 10 percent compared with the total industry's average growth of 2 to 3 percent, said Thomas Sands of the U.S. firm Elizabeth Arden. Recent government moves to simplify market entry procedures for imports also are expected to increase competition. In July, the government announced it would categorize cosmetics into 78 groups and compile a list of permitted ingredients. New products using these ingredients need only notify the Japanese government before marketing them here. The system replaces current requirements for a separate license application for any new product. "Before, it took six to 10 months to get approval for even a change in shade. It was a red tape nightmare," said Edward Kavanaugh, president of the U.S. Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association. Kavanaugh was in Tokyo recently to attend a conference on cosmetic regulations in Japan. "We are now at a crossroads. The market is there and now we have a lot of work to do," said the head of the 245-member trade association. RALPH WEIGEL Bonds • Insurance Phone 827-2906 115 Ea»t Iron The "most wanted ' microwave Rated as Best Buy for 1986 The©Spacemaker II™ ^-f^ • Model JEM31E Sits on the countertop or hangs from a cabinet. Check these exclusive features; •New high power output for faster cooking. •Word prompting display for easy programming. •Auto roast provides correct cooking for meafcs. •Electronic touch controls w/time of day clock. •• 5 year warranty on parts & labor. •Worldwide G.E. quality & dependability. NOW ON SALE ONLY AT MID-AMERICA APPLIANCE CENTER Located in Mid-America Pl.ira at Belmont Blvd. & So. 9th Home Owned .ind Opn ,it,'<l 825-8925 Love Is... Telling Your In A Special Way! send A Special Valentine to your sweetheart, mate, parents, sister, brother, boss, secretary, teacher, serviceman, neighbor, friend or anyone you'd like to remember on Valentine's Day in T»1SS)]l§mS) T 1 1 he Journal FRIDAY, Feb. 14th Special Valentine Rate 35' Per Line (Minimum 3 lines) Pre-Payment ' Required EXAMPLE: PROMISE HER anything But give her "OUR PAGE" \ M.05 LOVE IS... Letting you bring your Kawasaki into the living room. Flaming Stan Ms. Teacher Roses are red Violets are blue I wish everyone had a Teacher like You. 4th Grade. '1.75 S 2.10 Require! Pre-Payment ulrel Copy Must Be Received by 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 11th Call of our friendly A^-takers will help write your Valentine or give you complete information —or mail to Journal P.O. Box 779 Salina, Kansas67402-0779 823-6363

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