Summer Sewing Sweetness

During one of my summer sewing workshops, these 2 middle school girls constructed their own maxi dresses from tank tops and favorite fabric. When finished, there was an immediate impromptu fashion photo shoot!

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May your summer be delightful with creations and friendship as well! xxoo Yabette

(If you or your kid want sewing lessons, inquire with email to


Two Eleven Year Olds chose fabric, measured their phones, cut, pinned and then sewed velcro-closing cases that match.

girls phone case phone casesAnother sewing workshop completed. xxoo Yabette


Stitch and Burn: Bag Workshop

Guiding a 9 year old to sew is completely soul satisfying for me.7 sew smile

The happy accomplishment, with a practical product at the end is enchanting. This was a 4 hour workshop. The idea was to keep him engaged (fun), have a finished workable product, use our heads to engineer the idea, and never spend a second fussing about perfection. Continue reading

Indie Artist Trunk Sale This Saturday!

Swankety Swank Fashion Forward, March!
At Swankety Swank, we are bustlin’ with excitement about the vendors we have participating in this Saturday’s Indie Artist Trunk Sale!  Here are a few items by their respective creators so you can get a sampling of some of the amazing one of a kind handcrafted work that will be available to you!

Kim of Krafty Kitten has been sewing since she was 8 years old and is inspired by rockabilly, cholabilly, psychobilly, pin up, punk and mexican culture.  Above, Krafty Kitten showcases a blue and white polka dot halter dress.

Sayuri Designs creates handcrafted feather accessories for hat and hair!

Salvaged and Stitched produces unique hand made home decor!

Ryan Humphries creates etchings, woodcuts, screenprints, monoprints, drawings, ceramic sculpture and oil paintings. His work combines disciplined, delicate draughtsmanship with unihibited imagination.

Satin Corset creates jewelry that evokes vintage, antique and Victorian nostalgia.  They describe their work as “Sweet, vintage chic. Victorian opulence. Charmingly antique, rustic redux. Flowers, pearls, glass, antique brass, little details, sparks of color & whimsy.”

Spring Into Swankness!

All of us at Swankety Swank simply adore spring time!  We love the sights and sounds of the city coming to life, we love to clean out the dusty corners of our closets and under our beds, and we love to present the best handcrafted goods that we can!  We do our best to present a different experience every time you step inside 289 Divisadero St.  When was the last time you visited Swankety Swank?

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Here’s a glimpse of what Swankety Swank is showcasing today!  In front, Yabette’s fabulous sideboard dresser is adorned with painted tree blossoms and natural orchids (center) by Laura Parson.  Beyond that is more amazing one of a kind chairs, tables and dressers beautifully handpainted with love (and sealed with a top coat)!

Swankety Swank mannequin & artwork The glamourous glittery painting is by Kurtis Rykovich (who has three awesome pieces in our store right now), the handcarved fish are made by J.B. Ward,  and the Ode to the Neverwas Haul buffet is by Yabette.  The mannequin stands at permanent attention in a hat & bolero by DAS+OWL, bustier by gibbous, skirt by Wysterium, and leggings by Miranda Caroligne.  Check out the detail on that skirt!  I don’t know if that mannequin appreciates the solid construction she’s wearing, but I certainly do!
Envelopes, talismans & socks by Novy Celebrated spray paint artist, Jeremy Novy has envelopes, talismans, socks and shirts (not pictured here) for sale.
Zodiac paintings by PhoenixSuperstar artist Phoenix has miniature paintings for sale.  These three celebrate the Zodiac signs of Pisces, Libra and Gemini!  You have to see these exquisite pieces in person to truly appreciate them!

The gorgeous artwork of Simone Coulars The splendid colors of Simone Coulars’ paintings radiate above a rack of original upcycled fashions.  Simone has four large paintings in our store right now as well as three tiny paintings.  Her glossy finishes and effusive color choices are wonders to behold!  Again, you need to see them in person!  Art like this was not meant to be viewed online!
Vintage orange rococo upholstered chairA vintage orange rococo upholstered chair lights up the corner!  That’s right, the chair and the fabric are vintage, but the upholstering is brand new!  This is a beautiful one of a kind piece of work!

Project TransAction & by NievesThe top shelf shows off smart looking cuffs and wallets by Project TransAction (we also have belts!), while the lower shelf displays the wondrous skin care by Nieves.  I use the Nieves skincare line and have enjoyed the results!  There’s natural anti-bacterial Protection Spray, bath salts and more!

So now you know about a few of the well-crafted goodies awaiting you inside of our store!  Remember, Swankety Swank supports local artists who create original work.  When you shop here, you support your community and local economy!  We look forward to your visits!

The House of Swankety Swank Presents: The Emerald Moon Affair

Beltaine:  When sky and earth collide, the fires of creativity are ignited…
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Lords and Ladies, don your finery and join us on May 1st from 7pm until 11pm as we celebrate the Beltaine Spirit of Spring’s Awakening with Art, Fashion, Music and Revelry!

Artwork by:
T. W. Chui
Laura Parsons
Kathryn Bernard
Sarah Woodward

Fashions by:


Music by Foxtails Brigade

Also featuring Heroic Tarot by STORM!  Receive a 3-card reading and discover reflection through STORM’s signature divination skills!

Join us as we reflect on the growth we have achieved this year and tie on a ribbon of intention on our Maypole!

$10 Sliding Scale Admission.

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SwankSpeak! Issue #2 Available Now!

Print The House of Swankety Swank proudly presents SwankSpeak! a bi-monthly ‘zine from the boutique gallery Swankety Swank!

Located in San Francisco, California, Swankety Swank offers Conscious Consumer Commodities for Mind, Body, Spirit and Home!

Swankety Swank represents handcrafted items from over 20 local artists including furniture, accessories, and clothing from babies to Papas and Women sizes 2-24. We take our commitment to honor Earth, Age, and Beauty seriously and we celebrate our artists and community with Art Walks, Trunk Sales and Gallery Openings.

The 24 page second issue of SwankSpeak! is a meaty ‘zine created with sincerity, intelligence and love. This delicious issue #2 (limited print run) features:

Interview with DAS-OWL fashion house designers Deborah Sciales and Oliver Lowe!

Photographic fashion story “Natural Magick” by Eartha L. Goodwin featuring Tiff Rojas & Mary Van Note (Mary is also our “Muse of the Month”)!

“Creative Genius”, a column about inspiration & art with essays by Dean Haspiel (ACT-I-VATE), Kelly Lydick (Mastering the Dream) & Serena Valentino (Fairest of All)!

Galaxy Runway, a two page comic strip by STORM, creator of Princess Witch Boy!

Come visit us at 289 Divisadero (btw Haight & Page Sts.) in San Francisco for your own copy!

If you love this issue of SwankSpeak! (And we think you will!) consider purchasing a year’s subscription! (sold on our Etsy site).

When you buy a subscription to SwankSpeak! you will receive 6 issues of SwankSpeak! a year! That’s 4 issues of consumer consciousness and creativity coming from our House to Yours!

San Francisco Fashion Forward. March!

Indie Artist Sidewalk Trunk Sale Monthly Launch

Saturday, April 17th 11am to 4pm

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Join us in support of handmade, community and shopping local!

Sunshine Jones of Dubtribe Soundsystem and Sunday Soul will provide a smooth and groovy afternoon sound scape.
Trunk Sale Artists:
Darina Drapkin: Steampunk & Edwardian finery
Jade Rivera: Curiouser & Curiouser Accessories
Juror 2: Steampunk Jewelry and Madcap Tees
Lita Ward- beautiful jewelry
Aranonymous SFCA -well dressed modern girl’s clothing and accessories
Wayward Shifties -steampunk clothes and accessories
more TBA

Swankety Swank Bay Area Artists/Designers:
gibbous fashions
Eartha Goodwin
Darina Drapkin
Wayward Shifties
Rusty Cuts
Laura’s Little Luxuries
Jeremy Novy
Bleu Loo
J. Bemis
Miranda Caroligne
Mark Hawkins
Stephanie Mufson
Kathryn’s Krafts
Tara Graves
Medium Reality
Animal Instincts
Rock n Roll Babies
Project Transaction
Beads of Beauty

Current Natural Magick Art Show Featuring the following (unless otherwise mentioned):
Sheri DeBow
Teresa Moore
Alicia DeBrincat
Alicia Rockafellow
Scott Franklin
Paul Lewin
Sheri Jurnecka
Alyx Lance
Sarah Soward
Radio Free Clear Light
Jason Starr
Diana Blackwell
Tim Lukowiak
T.W. Chui
Jordan Quintero
Adriana Sparkhul
Tim DeSoto
Tracy Starr
Kevin Kreutler

Complete 2010 Spring/Summer Sidewalk Trunk Sale Schedule:
Sat. April 17th: Launch Date
Sun. May 16th
Sat. June 5th
Sun. July 11th
Sun. Aug 15th
Sun Sept 19th
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