Thursday, 13 February 2014

Jenya in yellow

I did it! Oh how exciting! I really really did it! I sewed for myself! Whoo hoo!!!


Yes I really am THAT excited. I have been sewing like a maniac for the past two years. Mostly for my daughter and for markets. I have been meaning to make something for myself for ages. I even had a go at it a few months ago, which unfortunately was a disaster.

I am not into New Year resolutions, however this year I have decided to start sewing for myself.

Have you heard of the Shades of Me sewing series created by Hayley of Welcome to the Mouse House and Celina of Petit a petit and family? The idea behind the series is to encourage women to sew more for themselves. I have been inspired by all the colourful gorgeousness, and I could not resist to join in!


Sorbetto Top by Colette patterns looked like it could be a successful first 'sewing for myself' project. I bought this yellow printed cotton poplin at Spotlight a few months ago. How funky is this print? And how well does it look as a Sorbetto top? Yeah!



I have confessed my undying love for buttons on numerous occasions. I sew buttons onto everything I make for Little Monkey, as she is just as addicted to buttons as I am. Now she will have to share cool buttons with me! Sharing is caring sweetie ;)


 Little Monkey said she loved her mummy's new dress. Best compliment ever!



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64 comments:

  1. ok... #1 You look totally hot! such a good color on you. #2. Whoohoo for sewing for yourself and it turned out awesome. What a super cute top. Hope to see more selfish sewing from you. Did your mom leave already?

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    1. Thank you Alisa :) The Washi dress is next ;) Yes mum left a couple of weeks ago. She is back in snowy Moscow!

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  2. Gorgeous! Makes me longing for the summer too :)

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  3. So great to see you in front of the camera!! Yellow is definitely your colour - lovely :) Looking forward to seeing the washi next - mine has had heaps of wear during this heatwave and I love wearing it x

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    1. Thank you Renee :) I love your Washi dresses (well, the dress and the tunic - see I remember). I might knock on your door (so to speak) for an advice if it is OK :)

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  4. Oh Jenya you look wonderful, I love the fabric you chose!! Great job and good to see you in front of the camera :)

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    1. Thank you Kim :) It is such a great feeling to have soemthing in my wardrobe that I made myself! And it is actually wearable haha

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  5. You look absolutely gorgeous! That turned out so great. Can't wait to see your washi! That's on my "sew for me someday" list too :)

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    1. Thank you Heidi :) Washi looks like an easy enough pattern, hopefully I am not too wrong :)

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  6. How cute are you! Love the top, such pretty fabric. I have a thing for buttons too. :)

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    1. Thank you Olga :) Don't buttons just brighten things up? Love them!

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  7. Love love love these photos, and what a great top. Good resolution Jenya....I have been wanting to make a similar one.:-)

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    1. Thank you Asmita :) My sweetest husband did a good job taking photos as he was hurrying to work!

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  8. that is super cute! i saw it on pinterest and had to come over and check it out. Well done! I repinned it ;o) Emily

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  9. ha! I just realized I made this before!! I made it into a dress. Your buttons made it look so different. I really like it the way you made it.

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    1. I remember your dress :) Did you make it during the selfish sewing week last year? It looked great!

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  10. Amazing! The fit is great! Warm day envy over here too :)

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    1. Thank you :) I think I need to make one more and try a couple of tiny little adjustments... Yeah I was looking at all the winter photos sitting under our air conditioning and couldn't help it but smile :)

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  11. Jenya, it's gorgeous. You look great! Your post is encouraging. Let see if I´ll use the fabric saved for me now. ;)
    Love the buttons.

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    1. Thank you Carolina. I could not believe how satisfying it felt to be wearing something I made for myself! I hope you will use your fabric soon to see how it feels for yourself ;)

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  12. What a sweet little one. Those kid comments really are the best ever! And you look beautiful! I love the sorbetto top.

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    1. Thank you Rebecca :) I love it how she calls everything a dress hehe

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  13. You look so happy in the first photo :) I love the pop of of the blue buttons on the yellow top.

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    1. Thank you very much :) I was so happy the top fit well when I tried it on in the process! I may have even performed a little happy dance ;)

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  14. That first photo is so funny. Love the top, well done!!

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    1. hehe Thank you very much :) I enjoyed jumping around the backyard like a little kid ;)

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  15. Gorgeous jenya! I love reading your posts:))

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  16. you're so funny! The top is gorgeous well done for doing a little something for yourself it looks fab Jenya!

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    1. Thanks Mel :) It actually feels great to have something in my wardrobe that I made myself! So gonna do it again!

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  17. Great job sewing for yourself, Jenya. You look fabulous in your new top and the colour really suits you!!!

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    1. Thank you Pam :) I showed this fabric to my husband when I bought it and told him I was going to use it for myself... He did not believe me... Oops :)

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  18. Wow it looks great I would be that excited as well...

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  19. The yellow is beautiful on you! Love the shirt!

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    1. Thank you Carin. I cannot believe I avoided yellow for many many years! Love it now :)

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  20. It's a beautiful fit on you and the colour is gorgeous! Love it! x

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    1. Thanks Ros :) I actually avoided yellow for a few years. How silly was I! I can see a few more Sorbettos joining this one in my wardrobe. They are so comfy and so easy to make!

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  21. Your top looks great! It's such a good basic pattern. Love the buttons too!

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    1. Thank you Abby. I didn't end up making a muslin as I was running out of time. I am so glad it actually fits well! I think I will play with the pattern a tiny little bit next time, but nothing serious. Thank you! I really needed soemthing simple to boost my confidence :)

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  22. You look so cute, Jenya! Look forward to seeing more sewing for yourself!

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    1. Thank you Shino :) I feel mosr confident that I can make soemthing wearable for myself now :)

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  23. Lovely top, lovely photos! You look great! I am totally rubbish at sewing for myself, I have a dress I started in October 2012...still unfinished, but maybe I'll whizz it up soon. Love the fabric. I'm unsure about wearing yellow, but it looks good on you!

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    1. Thank you Victoria. I have a skirt I cut out last year and it was way too big, so maybe one day I will fix that hehe Oh ust make seomthing new!

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  24. Jenya, it's perfect! That was one of the first tops I sewed for myself a few years ago! I love the yellow and I'm a huge fan of buttons as well!

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    1. Oh thank you April. So there is hope that in a few years time I will be able to make myself an awesome pair of jeans ;)

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  25. Cute top, you look great! Beautiful fabric and button selections!

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    1. Thank you Annie. I just had to sew buttons on it! Can't let my daughter have all the cool buttons, right?

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  26. Took me a while to get here, but you look fantastic! Gorgeous colour on you, love the buttons you went with too. And that leap, very impressive!!! Can't wait to see your washi.

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    1. Thank you Shell. My husband did a good job taking pics of me while I was jumping! I think I left a few of our neighbours wondering about what was going on hehe

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  27. Looks great and that color is very flattering on you!

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  28. the buttons are a really sweet touch.

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  29. Love this Jenya, the fabric, the pattern and the fit.
    Thanks for visiting me over at http://sewitsherry.blogspot.com.au/?m=1 and leaving a lovely comment.
    BTW I am your newest follower :)

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  30. Oh, yes, jump for joy!!! I know EXACTLY how you feel. You look beautiful in the yellow, and I love the simple top. And the coveted sewing pattern list grows and grows... (and grows...).

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    1. Oh yes Monica, the list of 'I want' patterns is growing every day! Luckily there are some good free patterns around!

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  31. Yay selfish sewing! This is a great cut on you! Well done!

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    1. Thank you :) I am only making baby steps in selfish sewing, but I am loving it!

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