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Experiment with the pattern prior to making the embroidered version. Make a “muslin” or a mock up garment in similar fabric. Before you choose a pattern shop ready to wear and try on similar styles. Bring a tape measure and note overall length, width at the hemline, etc. Do this before you commit to purchasing pattern and fabric, then find something similar at the fabric store. Today patterns are much more in keeping with the times and reflect current trends. Select a pattern that has multiple choices to get the most for your money. A pattern like the one below provides many opportunities for embellishment of any kind. You could also consider other lightweight embroidery motifs in place of bobbin work designs. You can never go wrong with embroidery near the neckline. Multiple rows of decorative stitches from the sewing side of the machine would be ideal accents on the neck and sleeve facings as well. A style like this is begging for some sort of embellishment. Look for Volume 91 locally or visit www.dzgns.com. If you read the article I'd love to hear your comments!