Author Archives: Susan Fogel

The Lekala Top and the Bombastic Boobs!

This blog post is my review of the Lekala Ruched top.  I was going to send this farther away then just to my Oh Shit drawer. I sent some photos to my good sewing friend on Pattern Review. I told her the fate of the top was in her hands. if she thought I looked…

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Cherries on Top! My Lutterloh Collection

Here is my composite picture of the four garments yielding four looks.  Yes, I know it is almost the end of October. It is still warm, and I can flop around in the poolwithout  heading towards hypothermia. I am catching everyone up on my sewing efforts for the last two months. The Pattern Review Mini…

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Polka Dots and Linen a Lutterloh Dress for Summer Hell

My Beloved says that there are FIVE seasons here in Southern Baja. There are Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer and Summer Hell.What is Summer Hell? That is the time in late August to early October when we are in the middle of hurricane season. But it is not the hurricanes that are his own private hell.…

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Tropical Earrings Inspired these Pants and Sandals Part 1

Part 1 of the Pineapple Express  Pants It all started a few years back when Miss Melysse, my  beautiful, daughter asked what I wanted for Christmas.  “ Mom, what  would you like for Christmas?” she asked.  “ Tropical earrings.”  said I.  “ Like  what, big bananas, crystal palm trees, shells, what?”  “Bright citrusy colors, not…

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My First Sewing Memory: The Black Singer Makes it’s UnWelcome Entrance

My First Sewing Memory: The Singer Sewing Machine Makes Its Unwelcome Entrance It must have been 1957 or 1958. My father bought a brand-new Singer sewing machine for my mother. My mother never asked for one. The idea of sewing or owning a sewing machine never entered my mother’s head. There was an antique Singer…

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Woman Shamefully Neglects and Abuses Important Sewing Tool for 13 Years!

Do you remember that wonderful,quirky PBS series connections? You know the one where a fly  bites a donkey’s bum and the abacus gets invented? We ll here’s my connection:  After my Christmas visit to Dallas, I came home with all of the sewing supplies I needed.  I cleaned and organized my sewing room: and here…

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My End of the World Purple Metallic Pants

Here I am in the Lobby of the Costa Baja Resort Hotel We have a group of three couples  we call the “French Connection” because two of our friends are French, each married to one of our Mexican friends. We usually have dinner at each other’s house and enjoy a dinner, some vino ( French…

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My Obama Pajams for the Pattern Review Recycle Challenge

Her’s to you Mr. President, My Obama Pajamas, are wonderfully soft, and I am sure that my wearing them on election night put him over the top!  Many moons ago, we purchased  these lovely Croscill sheets, they were luxuriously soft because of their high thread count. Dreamy and creamy, that’s how I would describe the…

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Susan Connects the Dots and makes Well- Fitting Clothes

Jacket and shorts It is really that easy! Using the Lutterloh pattern making system is literally connecting the dots. Here is an outfit I completed last week: Me in the jacket and shorts   Instead of trying to  adjust a Vogue, McCall’s, Butterick or Simplicity(the Big Four) pattern to fit your body. Lutterloh patterns are…

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Susan Wears a Bed Sheet

This lovely 600-thread count sheet will become a caftan, or tunic in pants My mother, Esther Natale Klindienst had a great influence on my personal style.  She always told me to be different and not to try to dress like everyone else. And scarves and accessories were her first love, and mine too.  Mom also…

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