sewbytheshore

Sew By The Shore

California, United States · 58 Sales

sewbytheshore

Sew By The Shore

California, United States 58 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Mary Svec

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Announcement   CLOSE OUT ON GoBlankies. All GoBlankies in stock have been reduced by $15.00.
SPRING SALE: Now is the time to get that vest or purse that you've had your eye on. Use the coupon, SPRING2016 to get 25% off on any purchase over $200.00. You have until May 31, 2016 to take advantage of the discount.

A vest or purse caught your eye and it's not in your budget right now - you can contact me about a layaway plan. Don't miss out on the unique piece that you'd really love to have.

More about our work:

VESTS FOR U
Over the years, our storage customers have walked away from a substantial pile of their fur pieces, because they didn't want to pay the storage and cleaning fees or didn't want to have them re-styled. With the fashion houses showing fur vests and wraps again, we took another look at the accumulation in the vault and made up a few unusual vests to test the waters. They sold while they were still under construction - in San Diego, of all places. We've kept pulling out parts and are putting together a selection of unique pieces for you, trying to incorporate a unique design detail in each item to keep them extra special. The life expectancy of the fur is 5 to 10 years and price accordingly.

As with the purses, we make a donation ($25) from every sale to local animal welfare groups.


OPULENT HANDBAGS
These bags have been individually, hand made in California by the two of us from discarded materials. I have fabrics that are left from custom drapery construction and re-upholstery projects. Dee’s are luxury furs left after re-styles. All the fabrics are new and everything but the silk is stain-treated in the manufacturing process. All the furs have been stored in her climate-controlled vault, cleaned, and glazed. We don’t use any hides that are not in good condition and have years of life left.

The interiors get just as much attention as the exteriors. It annoys me to have to dig for things at the bottom of my purse and I made the assumption that you might feel the same way, therefore lots of pockets and compartments.

With every sale, we make a $10 contribution to Donors Choose or one of several local animal rescue groups. The purchase of one of these unique bags does good on two levels. You can treat yourself, keep these beautiful discards out of the landfill for a while longer, and have the pleasure of owning a handmade, unique, practical accessory.

I'm calling these "Opulent Handbags, Reclaimed Luxury"


TRAVEL BLANKET
After riding with kids in car seats in the winter, the "GoBlankie" is the blanket made to deal with kids and their car seat issues. Since it fits over the car seat, all but the smallest child can manage it by themselves without the need to be unbuckled. It works with a stroller as well. The blanket folds into an attached pocket with a ribbon strap which, when folded up, becomes a tote. Included is a little neck pillow that is easy for an older child to take off and put on by themselves. No more bobbing heads. When the blanket is in use, the pocket is positioned so that the feet and legs can be tucked into it and stay warm. Doesn’t solve the “are we there yet” issue, but that’s a lot to ask of a blanket. A Travel Buddy is included with each blanket.

Announcement
Last updated on Mar 29, 2016

CLOSE OUT ON GoBlankies. All GoBlankies in stock have been reduced by $15.00.
SPRING SALE: Now is the time to get that vest or purse that you've had your eye on. Use the coupon, SPRING2016 to get 25% off on any purchase over $200.00. You have until May 31, 2016 to take advantage of the discount.

A vest or purse caught your eye and it's not in your budget right now - you can contact me about a layaway plan. Don't miss out on the unique piece that you'd really love to have.

More about our work:

VESTS FOR U
Over the years, our storage customers have walked away from a substantial pile of their fur pieces, because they didn't want to pay the storage and cleaning fees or didn't want to have them re-styled. With the fashion houses showing fur vests and wraps again, we took another look at the accumulation in the vault and made up a few unusual vests to test the waters. They sold while they were still under construction - in San Diego, of all places. We've kept pulling out parts and are putting together a selection of unique pieces for you, trying to incorporate a unique design detail in each item to keep them extra special. The life expectancy of the fur is 5 to 10 years and price accordingly.

As with the purses, we make a donation ($25) from every sale to local animal welfare groups.


OPULENT HANDBAGS
These bags have been individually, hand made in California by the two of us from discarded materials. I have fabrics that are left from custom drapery construction and re-upholstery projects. Dee’s are luxury furs left after re-styles. All the fabrics are new and everything but the silk is stain-treated in the manufacturing process. All the furs have been stored in her climate-controlled vault, cleaned, and glazed. We don’t use any hides that are not in good condition and have years of life left.

The interiors get just as much attention as the exteriors. It annoys me to have to dig for things at the bottom of my purse and I made the assumption that you might feel the same way, therefore lots of pockets and compartments.

With every sale, we make a $10 contribution to Donors Choose or one of several local animal rescue groups. The purchase of one of these unique bags does good on two levels. You can treat yourself, keep these beautiful discards out of the landfill for a while longer, and have the pleasure of owning a handmade, unique, practical accessory.

I'm calling these "Opulent Handbags, Reclaimed Luxury"


TRAVEL BLANKET
After riding with kids in car seats in the winter, the "GoBlankie" is the blanket made to deal with kids and their car seat issues. Since it fits over the car seat, all but the smallest child can manage it by themselves without the need to be unbuckled. It works with a stroller as well. The blanket folds into an attached pocket with a ribbon strap which, when folded up, becomes a tote. Included is a little neck pillow that is easy for an older child to take off and put on by themselves. No more bobbing heads. When the blanket is in use, the pocket is positioned so that the feet and legs can be tucked into it and stay warm. Doesn’t solve the “are we there yet” issue, but that’s a lot to ask of a blanket. A Travel Buddy is included with each blanket.

Mary Svec

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Kathy Davis

Kathy Davis on Mar 11, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

What a gorgeous bag! Great for a night on the town! I love it! Thanks!

Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth Anderson on Jun 11, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

thanks for very speedy delivery

Susan Judelle

Susan Judelle on Apr 1, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

OMG these bags are AWESOME!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much!

Susan Judelle

Susan Judelle on Apr 1, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

OMG these bags are AWESOME!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much! The attention to detail is great!

Susan Judelle

Susan Judelle on Apr 1, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

OMG these bags are AWESOME!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much!

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About

We re-purpose luxury discards.

Hi, I'm Mary and my partner is Dee. What we do can never be production pieces. The purpose of these pieces is to creatively re-purpose luxury scraps left from other projects and give them a second, useful life rather than a trip to the landfill. This art that you can carry or wear.

One of the side effects of being an interior designer is an impressive pile of odds and ends of fantastic fabrics. Over the years, I turned them into Renaissance costumes, children's clothes, household accessories, anything I could think of to keep them out of the landfill.

Several years ago one of my daughters was looking for a green summer bag and I decided a purse would be her birthday present. She got raves and I received request from her friends. I tore apart purses that I found at estate sales to identify the products used to create the architecture, then I built the exteriors around customized interiors that organized the parts of our lives that we all carry. They were then useful inside and unique outside.

As a test market, I made up dozens of one of a kind bags and went to local craft fairs. I would sell out the first day and decided to make the jump to Etsy.

Not quite two years ago, I was having a local furrier make a client's inherited fur coats into a throw for her master bedroom. Dee had a couple of fur purses hanging in her shop that she was experimenting with. I told her what I had been doing and we joined forces to used both of our piles of leftovers to make unique, professional quality handbags. Dee has been in the fur business for over 30 years and has an impressive pile of fur left after customers have had their coats restyled.

We both have decades of technical experience and design skills, are expanding our products into wearables, and have started with vests. Each will be unique and given the types and quantities of raw materials will be one of a kind as well. Our creations are perfect for the person who has her own style and wants pieces that set her apart from the crowd.

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Shop policies

Last updated on March 31, 2016

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
Payment
Payment may be by check, money order or PayPal. Shipment on items paid for by check will be made after the check has cleared.

Any orders delivered to an address within California are subject to sales tax.

Payment is due within 4 days of the purchase.

Cancellation must be done before the items have shipped.
Shipping
Items ship within 3 working days after receiving the order. Items paid by check are shipped the day the funds are received.

Small items will be shipped in plastic envelopes.

Standard shipping for items requiring a box is UPS ground which includes insurance, tracking and confirmation of delivery. The fee is figured by weight. Fees will be listed with the item. If you need expedited shipping notify me at the time of purchase and provide your address for UPS. The additional amount can be added to your purchase price.

Drop shipping is available. Local buyers can make arrangements for delivery or pickup.

Whenever possible I recycle packing materials. You may get some unusual boxes.
Refunds and Exchanges
Returns and exchanges will be accepted on a case by case basis. Contact me to work out the details. Arrangements must be made within 14 days after the purchase and all items must be in their original condition.

In the case of returns, the refund will have the shipping deducted. For exchanges, you will be responsible for all shipping.