Category Archives: General News

Wow! I was Nominated for a Liebster Award!

  I am honored, and a bit embarrassed, because lovely Anne, Lovely Anne’s Blog nominated me back in April for this award. I was thrilled. And then I could not  find her message, I thought the blog boogyman had erased it. I had to go through a couol of posts to find it. then things…

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Summertime and I Have No Clothes to Wear!

It’s that time of year when the temperatures start to rise, and our clothing get’s more minimal, lighter, and brighter.And I go crazy if I don’t jump in the pool several times a day. I have been on a quest for a good basic blouse to make in several colors to wear with shorts and capris. I…

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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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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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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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