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 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 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:




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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Support Small Businesses!!!

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.


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!

Me-Made-May ’13–Week 3

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.


Me-Made-May ’13–Week 2

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 with my friend. Yay Happy Hour!

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.

Fashion Week Favorites pt1

Carolina Herrera Fall 2013

Up until now, I have viewed Venezuelan-born Carolina Herrera as a somewhat staid, conservative designer who caters to that select group of “ladies who lunch”, along with Christian St.John and Talbots on a sliding scale. But, Fall 2013… Oh, Ms. Herrera, you have redeemed yourself in the most beautiful way! Give to me your silks, your bows, your 1940s Palazzo Pyjama ensembles yearning to to live in my closet and transform me into a siren of the silver screen! In particular I am madly in love with the above look, as well as some more daytime looks like these:

Carolina Herrera Fall 2013 day dress

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