Author Archives: Susan Fogel

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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Mini-Wardrobe Contest is Over, And Susan Made it to the Finish

The challenge, make 5 pieces that combined to make 6 looks. These are my 6 looks  As you know from my previous post, my original idea for the Mini-Wardrobe contest was to make a silk blouse, silk pants, and some denim pieces as well. The silk was impossible to work with. I am not a newbie…

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Susan Finally Makes Progress on Her Mini-Wardrobe

What a spectacularly  awful sewing week.  I broke the deadlock today, finally.  I drafted the patterns for the denim dress, the denim skirt with contrast panel and the  silk blouse. Based on my normal sewing speed, I should have had the blouse and skirt done by today. This is the  blouse and skirt I am…

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Susan Sews a Mini-Wardrobe for a Pattern Review Contest

These are the 6 pieces I am making for the contest The challenge is to create  a mini wardrobe or collection using a key piece which can be purchased or  already sewn. The other pieces must form at least 6 outfits. The contest starts today. So today I will draft the patterns, and start cutting…

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Stolen: My Gorgeous Summer Purse

Isn’t this a gorgeous purse? We were  in San Jose del Cabo for our 30th anniversary in April.  I was shopping for light cotton shorts, when I saw this. It was love at first site. My Beloved liked it too. He admired the colors and the interesting design. This one was in the window. I hated…

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Make Your Own Ironing Board Cover? Really?

Okay, so I have made lingerie, bathing suits, pot holders, place mats and napkins, throw pillows, duvet covers and grocery totes.  These are all utilitarian items, but also decorative, pretty and stylish. And I made these items because they are fun, I can change my look or the look of my house by changing the…

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Susan Starts a Blue Linen Baja Dress

It’s hot here! In fact we are heading into what my beloved calls Summer Hell, the fifth season of the year here in Southern Baja. We have a luscious pool, and insulated and air conditioned house and gentle breezes at night and in the morning. But  moving around the rest of the day is misery. You go…

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