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.
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!!
Usually, one would post before and after pictures. Right now there is just the way before. The agonizing over paint colors, and the anxiety of “when do I get my key?” Behold, the new Studio, Suite #220, the really raw cut:
Edit: 9/20/2013. No more appointments can be taken, I am full for the week. Thank you for your business, and I will see you in the new location mid-October!!!
As you know, the business is moving a couple miles into a new, larger space in October. Senjiva Studio will stop taking appointments for a few weeks, starting September 21, in order to finish current projects and make the transition into the new studio space. Any appointment already set up with Margaret will be kept. All orders will be finished as promised and pickups will be arranged individually. Stay tuned for further details! Thank you very much for your business and your patience!!!
After two great years at Deering Vintage in Ohio City, I have decided to take the opportunity to move to a larger studio space in October. It is going to be nearby; just two miles West at 78th Street Studios.
What does this mean for everyone? More workspace for me, and participation in a community of highly creative humans. Higher ceilings for you tall folks; no more changing in the “super glamorous bathroom;” and plentiful FREE parking at all times.
Currently, I plan to stop taking appointments for a week or two, likely starting September 21, in order to move the equipment and get the new space looking all clean and pretty. (It’s not pretty right now, believe me.) All works in progress up through that date will be completed as promised and arrangements for pickup will be made individually.
To celebrate, there will be a little party on Friday, October 18, coinciding with the monthly 3rd Friday studio open house thrown by 78th Street Studios. This is not only a chance to see my new digs, but to join hundreds of other people in exploring and enjoying art and conversation in this unique art complex.
So… I wore Me-Made clothes during week four, I really did. It was two dresses, one of which was a new make in keeping with my pledge. But the thing is, it was so hot and so humid that my clothes got thrown straight into the laundry without documentation. When that laundry eventually gets washed, I’ll share photos of those things with you. Sorry.
Week three. Where is the time going? No seriously? Wasn’t it just March?
On Thursday I wore my climbing vine lace sweater, knit from bamboo-blend yarn in spring of 2011. After work I had the pleasure of going for Mojitos with my friend Krissie and her super sweet new pup, Pierre. Pierre seriously defies all small-dog stereotypes in that he is very quiet, very calm, and pretty much does whatever you want him to. For some reason this picture makes my head look twice as small as my body. Not the case; I just photograph exceedingly badly.
I wore my new refashioned peplum top to the Studio on Saturday. I made this from an 80s vintage dress/jacket set from the thrift store that I had to have because of the little pin print. The garments were fully re-utilized except for some scrap. With the majority of the fabric I re-lined one of my old winter jackets. The top of the dress and some scrap were turned into this little peplum top that buttons down the back. It is polyester, however, and does not breathe very well. Photo credits below to Mr. Pants.
Right-O. So it’s almost the end of week three, but in my defense, there have been a LOT of bridesmaids and suit-wearers needing my attention to get them ready for events these last few weeks. Wedding season waits for nobody! But, I’ve taken today off and here are my Me-Mades for the second week of May:
I made these two dresses from the same 1980s “easy” pattern, with some fussing to adjust for length and full bust. The original pattern called for some jersey material, but when has that ever stopped me? The blue dress is made from a vintage bedsheet. I added bust darts as well as pockets (that’s why my hand looks like it’s gone). I think I wore these dresses every week last summer.
Black dress with stripey tote after Taco Thursday Happy Hour.
The black dress is from the same pattern, but has no darts and no pockets. The fabric is some soft, drapey rayon blend from Joann Fabrics with a self-belt. Also worn, Me-Made denim stripe tote bag that I use every single day. In fact, I made this bag a year ago and it is holding up very well. Patternless and customized with an interior phone pocket made from recycled upholstery samples and vintage rick-rack trim. Also it has a loop for my keys to hook onto, lest I spend all my time digging in the bottomless pit of my tote. The exterior pocket has a reclaimed zipper from an ugly wool jumper that I repurposed for a fashion client.