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Welcome Spring!! Today is the first day of the long-awaited Spring season.  Celebrate by coming to the monthly Third Friday open house (March 21st, 5-9pm)  at 78th Street Studios and get out of that winter funk.  Senjiva Studio has a fresh batch of sweet vintage clothing finds for sale. Nautical stripes, fresh prints, and sassy satin secretary blouses lead the charge.   Give winter a sendoff with a big sale on sweaters. Any vintage sweater in stock is only $10!! Men’s sport coats will be $20, even designer labels.  The Tweed Ride is next month, so this is a perfect time to start getting your ensemble together.

Just a few of the new looks available in the vintage shop.

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Is it too late to make my sewing resolutions for the year? Last year’s went about 50% out the window. I decided to take a page from another blogger and choose a certain few patterns to make up this year, rather than just say “I’m gonna make pants” or something similar.  Not only that, but I am doing fit-muslins so that I can perfect the fit to my particular body and then have a pattern that I can use frequently to reproduce basic garments, like I have done with my pajama/shorty pattern.

Six patterns below  were chosen for several reasons: to fill gaps in my wardrobe, to perfect the fit on difficult to buy garments, and fulfill my need for appropriately sized vintage garments.  The reason for so many Simplicity patterns is simply that they went on sale for $1 apiece.  The two Decades of Style patterns were a bachelorette gift from my infinitely fashionable friend Rachel of Re/Dress, an awesomely positive plus-sized fashion company.  I have already started on muslins for the pencil skirt and pants.  Wish me luck!

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Third Friday/ Winter Thaw Vintage Sale

Senjiva Studio will be open February 21, 11am-9pm, during the monthly Third Friday event at 78th Street Studios. With a hopeful look toward Spring, every item on the Vintage clothing rack will be 25% off this weekend only, February 21-22.  Also available, an assortment of vintage accessories and a new batch of vintage neckties.  Looking forward to new clothes shopping for Spring? Get your basic body measurements taken by the seamstress  to make creating your style easier.

Senjiva Studio is located at 1350 W. 80th Street in Cleveland,

Suite #220 in the Northwest wing.  330-388-9826facebookicon

2013 Book List

Vintage WPA library poster, ca. 1941

With the new year upon us, I am happy to look over the 53 volumes read in 2013– 6 more than 2012. Last year, I joined Goodreads, a website that allows you to keep track of books read, find new book that meet your reading preferences, and to share books and reviews with friends. The site also has a “reading goals” function. Normally I do not set a reading goal as I am a fairly prolific reader anyway. I decided on 45 books, based on my previous year’s total, and quickly caught up to that sometime in October.  So, without further prattle, here is what I read in 2013:

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Support Small Businesses!!!

It’s that time of year again. Women tearing each other’s hair out over some overpriced ugly shoes at Macy’s.  Just step aside and support your local businesses. Artisans, chefs, service providers. Everyone is doing their best, so why not stay out of the mall? It’s better for your sanity anyway.

This weekend only (through Dec. 3) everything in both Etsy stores will be 20% off with coupon code “TURKEY.”  The code must be entered at checkout in order to get the discount on Vintage goods.  Shop mens’ at SenjivaStudio and ladies’ at Marjoriejayne.


Third Friday!

Well, it’s that time again. A whole month has passed in the new Senjiva Studio, and things are back to normal (?).  I am so happy to be seeing new faces and loyal repeat clients every week.

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A carefully chosen selection of Vintage clothing and accessories is available, featuring chunky sweaters, handcrafted tie clips, and beautiful vintage and handmade pocket squares.

Senjiva Studio will be open until 9pm tonight as part of the monthly Third Friday open house at 78th Street Studios.  Come say hello, see some art, drink some wine, and shop Vintage!

1305 W. 80th Street/ Cleveland, OH 44102  Suite #220.  Just follow the signs for Blank Canvas Theater on the second floor and look for the bright blue door!

Re-Opening Party!

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Good news!  Senjiva Studio has found its new home at the 78th Street Studios creative complex on W.80th Street in Cleveland. Just two miles West of the old location; featuring a dressing room! free parking! your favorite seamstress!!

Join us Friday, October 18 from 6-10pm to see the new Senjiva Studio and enjoy some refreshments. Also going on that night is the monthly Third Friday Studio Openhouse at 78th Street Studios. It’s a chance to see innovative art and design and meet new people!

Appointments will resume Saturday, October 19th.

1305 W. 80th Street/ Cleveland, OH 44102  Suite #220.  Just follow the signs for Blank Canvas Theater on the second floor and look for the bright blue door!