Question: I will be leaving soon for Mexico and I need some hot-weather clothes. I am desperately seeking a dress that is covered enough to be appropriate for wear in the churches there. I'm 5 feet, 7 inches and wear Size 14. I'm fairly well proportioned and prefer tailored clothes.--D.L.
Answer: The dress illustrated here is a suiting-weight twill made of 55% silk and 45% cotton. It is available in white only, Sizes 4 to 14, for $57. The short sleeves will be cool to wear, and once you leave the church you can unbutton the top and bottom buttons. The dress is available at Royal Silk, Royal Silk Plaza, 45 E. Madison Ave., Clifton, N.J. 07011.
Q: Not realizing that my son had left bubble gum in the pocket of his best white cotton pants, I washed them. Alas, the pocket now boasts a fairly large and gummy pink spot. How do I get rid of it?--M.I.
A: The experts at the International Fabricare Institute say you should first chill the remaining gum, either by applying an ice cube to the spot or by putting the pants in a freezer. Once the spot is cold, scrape the gum off and launder the garment again. If that doesn't work, take it to a dry cleaner, who can steam the gum off.