Your seamstress has decided, after much consideration, to take a sabbatical of indeterminate length from Senjiva Studio’s alterations service in order to refocus and spend more time making ballet costumes at her other job.
Thank you for your business over the past several years! Further updates will be posted here, as well as on our Facebook page.
Beginning today, September 15, Senjiva Studio will stop taking new appointments for several weeks, for a small break and to work on some outside projects. All current orders will be finished as promised. The studio will be open for pickups 11-5 on Saturday, September 20; all other garment pickups will be arranged individually.
Thank you very much for your business and your patience!!!
Ah, the final week of May! Stay tuned for the Me-Made-May ’14 wrap up and conclusions…
Me Mades: Moire print bloomers/short pajamas.These are from a chunk of inexpensive but decent quality remnant cotton I got at Zinck’s down in Berlin,Ohio a while back. The trim is what was left from a vintage skirt refashion. Actually worn for Day 27, but the Cosmos watching extended past midnight.
Me Mades:Vintage floral dirndl skirt refashion. Unders made from the SoZo pattern. This skirt had been languishing in the “need to work on to make usable” pile for over a year. I am so glad I finished it because it is extremely comfortable to wear. The fabric doesn’t stick and it seems to hold a press pretty well.
Me Mades:Leaf print skirt made from a questionable/borderline hideous men’s shirt from the thrift store. Once I hacked it into a skirt and sewed the pocket back on, i was really happy with it.
Me Mades:Stretchy denim pencil/jean skirt, worn to see comedian Eddie Izzard at the Palace. Loge seats, baby! (Mr.Pants occasionally gets free tickets to stuff through his work)
Me Mades:Stretchy denim pencil/jean skirt. Mostly self-drafted with fly-front zip, pockets, and contrast binding inside. I’ll turn it inside out later. New me-made garment per my Pledge. I’m posing inside my friend Sandy Buffie’s studio at 78th Street.
A day late a dollar short- or- awash in a sea of sparkly prom dresses so that’s why I’m behind. Here’s the wrap-up for MMM’14 week two. I wore Me-Mades more than two days of the week but missed a couple photos. OOPs.
Me-Mades: I wore this shirt three times this week. It’s really comfortable. New rayon blouse cut from a vintage menswear floppy shirt of the 1990s. I hacked off the yoke, collar, sleeves and side seams; then I turned it back to front and cut out a new blouse using my trusty Janky basic top pattern and added the collar back to the new front, utilizing the original shirttail hem. Also worn: Unders made from the same shadow stripe stretch as the sports bra.
Me Made May wasn’t too tough to complete as it was a short week.
Me-Mades:Aurora Borealis shirt, 2014. Made from the top portion of the dress pattern used here. Fabric from Jo-Ann’s. Unders, made from knit fabric scraps using Zoe’s free pattern. You really get the best, comfiest wedgie-free fit this way!
Als0 wearing: my new custom-made necklace by the very talented Sandy Buffie. Sandy has a jewelry and sculpture studio in the same artist’s building as I do. I gave her an Indian pendant that I have been carrying around for years, and two diamond-shaped beads, and she put it all together with some recycled silk sari strips and chain. It just happened to be done on the day I wore this shirt. Perfect, no?
Friday in the studio…can you tell that I’m exhausted?
Me-Mades: Silky roses blouse, ca. 2011. Pattern unknown. The fabric came in a bundle from the thrift store with half a pattern and one piece cut out. I drafted up the rest of the pattern and made facings and made it into a lovely shirt.
Edit: D’oh! the correct Instagram is @cynicalcarnivale. Durr.
For the third year in a row, I will be participating in Me-Made-May. The brainchild of the lovely and talented Zoe, stitchers across the inter-webs pledge to wear self-made garments throughout the month of May and then share photos with the world. This year, ‘I, Margaret of ‘Senjiva Studio, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’14. I endeavour to wear at least two Me-Made items or outfits per week for the duration of May 2014, and to make at least one new item and restyle a thrift store garment. ‘
I will be blogging weekly about the previous weeks’ “me-mades;” and posting additionally on Instagram @cynicalcarnivale with the tag #MMM14. Feel free to follow as I beg those around me to take photos of my outfits. A few photos from last year:
Black dress with stripey tote after Taco Thursday with my friend. Yay Happy Hour!