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SENJIVA STUDIO will be CLOSED MAY 23-27, 2014 for VACATION.   

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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.

 

 

Me Made May ’14- Week 2

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.

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Me-Mades: Sportsbra edged with fold over elastic.

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Me-Mades: Floral dress made from Vintage bed sheet.

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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 ’14- Week 1

Me Made May wasn’t too tough to complete as it was a short week.

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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?

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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.

 

 

Me-Made-May 2014

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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:

 

 

 

Tweed Ride…Take it Easy…

Ah, Spring, when young men and women shine up their trusty velocipedes, press the plaid, and pedal downtown for the Fantastic Cleveland Tweed Ride!  I had so much fun last year that I’m doing it again this year.  Therefore, PSA: Senjiva Studio will close at 1pm on Saturday April 26 in order to participate. We are also proud to be a prize sponsor this year with several unique cycling caps to be given away at the after party at Nano Brew in Ohio City.

The vonZipper-Pants stop for tea at Rising Star Coffee.

The vonZipper-Pants stop for tea at Rising Star Coffee.

For your enjoyment, some more photos of the 2013 revelry, starring myself, Mr. Pants, and the whole darn snazzy crew.  Join us, won’t you??

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All photos taken by, and property of Senjiva Studio. 

Spring…Ahoy!

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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.

If you can think it, you might do it.

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,

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