Author Archives: Susan Fogel

Jungle January A Subtle Savage on the Way to Being Svelte

Jungle January, a subtle addition to the wild things, and a celebration of my commitment to  my health.    There comes a time when one must say: ” Enough is enough!” that could be  enough work, enough  suffering, enough alcohol or enough  chocolate. And in my case,  I had enough of  being overweight, sluggish and…

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Susan Sews a Little Black Beach Dress

After the great success of my va va va voom dress, I decided to make another dress that would accent my curves and would be appropriate for dinner out or lunch at the beach.Should I make a hot pink number with striped knit trim?  Or an animal print? I decided to make a little black…

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Polka Dot Lutterloh Blouse, Saved from Oblivion

This was supposed to be the lining for the color blocked version of this top(shown below that I had made for the Mini Wardrobe contest.  However, the main fabric was a  cotton Lycra stretch, and this had none. It shredded when I removed it, so I lost the seam allowances. it was on It’s way…

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Va Va Va Voom Nightie Another Lutterloh Success

iI lover I Love This Dress!My mother, Esther was world class at what she called “reclining”. She had any number of caftans, robes , “shifts” and “muu-muus”. I learned from her how to look wonderful, be comfortable, and of course get others to make my evening coffee.  Living in the tropics requires softly tailored, cool clothing.…

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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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