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. 

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 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.

 

 

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.

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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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!