The Dolores Batwing Top

Hello Sailor!

Hello Sailor!

Back in November, I won a Dolores Batwing Top pattern by Zoe Edwards from the So Zo…What Do You Know blog, with the caveat that I make up the garment and then blog about it in a timely manner. (I’m so sorry Zoe!!!!!).  I made the shirt and never posted it.  A million months later, here we are.  I cut myself a test garment out of a large thrifted men’s tee shirt, just in case it came out badly I would not have wasted much money.  Hey, what do you know, it fits really well!

The details: Dolores is a dolman-sleeved shirt meant for knit fabrics with two sleeve options and three length options–top, tunic, dress. It comes in UK sizes 8-16 and is a PDF download that you can print at home and assemble with tape; or have printed whole large-format at the copy shop. I had mine printed up at the office-supply store for about $7.

Grading out the hip on the Dolores.

Grading out the hip on the Dolores.

Changes I made: The size 16 pattern was not quite big enough for me, and I have a petite shoulder line, so I used a smaller size for the shoulder and graded it out. I added a bit of width from the armpit to hem and shortened the hem by 2″ to fit my 5;1″ height. I omitted the band on the short-sleeve option as it was a wearable muslin.

Verdict: The Dolores Batwing Top has turned out to be a great pattern to use again and again, incorporating small style changes  as mood or fabric dictates. I have made three so far; the burgundy (pictured), a long sleeve high-low hem version for my friend’s birthday, and a long sleeve in marled grey for myself for the fall.  Overall, I’d say a success. I love the ease of the tee-shirt with some waist-defining shaping and style.

Disclaimer: I was NOT compensated for this review. All statements and opinions are my own. I received the pattern for free as part of a promotional contest. (if anyone really wants to sponsor me, lets chat)  Shirt photos by Jen Helbert of Prjona Plym textile studio. 

Vacation Time! Aug 13-18

It has been another very busy summer with wedding season alterations! Time for a little break before Ballet Season begins. Senjiva Studio will be on a short vacation August 13-18. All messages and emails will be returned as soon as vacation is over and all current projects will be delivered as promised. Ciao!

A Very Vintage Holiday Shop

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The Senjiva Studio Vintage Shop will be open during  Third Friday at 78th Street Studios,  December 19 6-9pm.  We have some fantastic beaded and sequined tops, velvet skirts, and tweed sport coats for the dapperest of ladies and gents! Also, find vintage accessories and handcrafted knitted accessories to keep warm during this unpredictable Ohio winter.  Stop into Suite #220 and say hello!

Studio Sabbatical

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.

Fall Studio Hiatus

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!!!

Me Made May ’14- Week 5

Ah, the final week of May! Stay tuned for the Me-Made-May ’14 wrap up and conclusions…

Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 7.45.08 AMMe 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.

Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 7.44.52 AMMe 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.

Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 7.44.34 AMMe 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.

Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 7.44.08 AMMe Mades:Stretchy denim pencil/jean skirtworn to see comedian Eddie Izzard at the Palace. Loge seats, baby! (Mr.Pants occasionally gets free tickets to stuff through his work)

Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 7.43.44 AMMe Mades:Ikat inspired rayon dress. And to quote Mr. Eddie Izzard. “Et, Voila!” Also I can write backwards in French.

Me Made May ’14- Week 4

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Me Mades:Pins & Needles Peplum top, taking a meeting with myself.

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Me Mades:Tank Dress or dress of doom. This thing cannot be photographed and sports a sharpie’d bleach mark under the carefully placed lace. I usually only wear it at home.

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Me Mades:Blue Bias tee, again. I really need to get a personal photographer!

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Me Mades:Tote bag 2014. Worn every single day. Apparently I’m smuggling a barrel of pickles under this sweater while waiting for the train in Chicago.

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Me Mades:Aurora Borealis tee. I think the GingerMakes photo model works well.

Me Made May ’14- Week 3 and a straggler

Look, I found a straggler from Week 2:   Me Mades: Blue checked skirt from menswear shirt, a few years old.

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Screen Shot 2014-05-17 at 9.39.56 AMMe Mades:  Blue Bias Tee appropriate for Brinner and other belly filling activities.

Screen Shot 2014-05-17 at 9.41.17 AMMe Mades: Batik print knit tee. I cut a whole new tee with slightly gathered sleeves and a tucked neckline from a very warped large shirt I got for less than $1.

Screen Shot 2014-05-17 at 9.43.14 AMMe Mades: Aurora Borealis tee, again. (not sick of it yet)

Screen Shot 2014-05-17 at 9.44.10 AMMe 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.