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Desert Island Sew | Sew 20 Tour

Blog Tour, SewingVictoria B.Comment

You're alone on a desert island. You're allowed to take ONE sewing pattern but no limits on project supplies. What pattern do you take?

I looooooved this month's prompt for the Sew 20 Desert Island Tour. It was hard to just choose one pattern out of the endless stash I've been collecting (Or downloading! PDF pattern lover over here.), but I finally settled on the Sybil Skirt by Love Notions.

Before I went back to work after maternity leave I sewed up six, yes six, Sybil pencil skirts and made the box pleat version. They are the perfect addition to my post-partum wardrobe even though I'm struggling to find tops that fit comfortably. Definitely need to find my Desert Island top pattern for the next time I'm stranded! ;)

The above two versions are by far my favorite Sybils so far. The left leopard print was made with refashioned fabric from my first sewn knit dress, and the right floral box-pleated version was made from a Knitpop auction box.

These are all six versions I sewed up during maternity leave nap time!

This pattern would be the one coming with me because it is one of the most versatile patterns I own with SEVEN options on it's own. Plus, there is a bodice option to go with any of the skirt bottoms if you download the Tessa Sheath Dress. How awesome is that? I'm planning to make a LBD out of the Tessa bodice and box pleat option. Dresses are a big hole that needs filled in my closet!

If you were stranded and could only pick one pattern to sew, but had unlimited supplies, which one would it be? //Victoria

 

 

Red, White, and Blue SEWING | Sew Americana Blog Tour

Sewing, Blog TourVictoria B.Comment

I am super pumped to be a part of Wild and Wanderful's Sew Americana Tour! The Fourth of July is always one of my favorite parts of summer. Celebrating our freedom with family and friends, grilling, fireworks...what more can you ask for? How about a quick(ish) sew to get you in the mood to PARTY? Or just hang out and snuggle your baby, like me. Whatever you're into.

My first red, white, and blue sew was a Lane Raglan by Hey June Handmade. The Lane Raglan is a favorite of mine, and usually I make it sans-pocket. I decided to hack a Fourth of July Hemlock I made two years ago to more some holiday appropriate spirit to the basic baseball silhouette. I also utilized some red and blue serger thread that I added to my loopers to make the innards of this All-American tee more fun. The bottom hem is also just roll hemmed to save some time, but it still coordinates with the colors! 

In addition to the pocket on my raglan, I was able to reuse the stars and stripes fabric from my original shirt to make an adorable drool bib for the babe! My mom bought Grayson not one, not two, but THREE Fourth of July outfits this year, and they are all so. stinking. cute. BUT I realized he didn't have any bibs to that coordinated to keep him looking extra put together. Because babies need to look put together, right?

This tutorial and pattern was used to make his reversible, Star-Spangled bib. It was quick, easy, and I love that you don't have to put any snaps or velcro on it because you just utilize your button foot and pull the ends through. Since I used a knit fabric, I should have interfaced where the button hole was going. I didn't, and it doesn't look super pretty. The bib is still functional, and I can't wait to coordinate it with his long-weekend outfits.

This tour and the Sew 20 tour have been a great way for me to ease back into sewing and blogging. Thank you to Katy so much for including me! I'll be back soon with a couple of other projects, like my postponed Minerva kits.

Happy Fourth of July and stay safe!

Take a look at the AMAZING lineup for the Sew Americana tour!

Monday, June 27 
Wild & Wanderful | Sew and Tell Project | Call Ajaire
Paisley Roots | Wally and Grace

Tuesday, June 28
Sew Thrifty | Coles Corner and Creations | Rebel & Malice
Friends Stitched Together | The Wholesome Mama

Wednesday, June 29
Sewing by Ti | EYMM | HattieLu Handmade
Daydream Believers | PenSebRox | Handmade Boy

Thursday, June 30
Beatnik Kids | Phat Quarters | Sew Starly | Sew Sophie Lynn
The Kisses Co. | Adventures with Bubba and Bug

Friday, July 1
Very Blissful | That's Sew Kari | Sew Happily Ever After | Pear Berry Lane
Mae and K
 | Musings of a Seamstress | Sew and Tell Project

As a special bonus for our readers, use the code ' SEWAMERICANA ' and enjoy a 20% discount at www.THREADandGRAIN.com  You'll find a ton of maker-inspired goodies!
(All created by your tour guide, Katy, from Wild & Wanderful.)


XOXO//VICTORIA

Real Life, Real Sewing | Sew 20 Tour

Sewing, Blog TourVictoria B.Comment

I'm taking a break from never posting to my blog (sarcasm, sorry! Let's just ignore the fact that I totally failed at documenting Me-Made-May, okay??) to join in on Sew 20's first Blog Tour! The theme for this tour is Real Life, Real Sewing, and it showcases a bunch of awesome bloggers who are sharing what our projects look like "out in the wild." No staged photo sessions (so none of me in front of my blue door!) and honest answers about the whole process.

I'm answering five questions on what real life sewing looks like for me below. Scroll down to the end for information about a giveaway from Sew 20!

1. What do you look for when choosing a sewing project?

I always try and think about what I NEED in my closet. Mostly the answer is more tops, even though I sewed several pencil skirts while I was on maternity leave (another post for another day). I also try to think about what I have time for. Taking care of a brand new baby, keeping a clean house, AND trying to sew or even read a book is a lot harder than I expected. But I honestly wouldn't change it for the world! I love sewing my own clothes, so I do my best to make some time.

Aside from what I need to fill my wardrobe holes and time, I also consider what I can make out of what is already in my pattern/fabric stashes. If I have the pattern and the fabric to make something to fill a hole in my closet then I will always try to at least start it.

2.  Is there anything you would like to (or wish you could) do differently when selecting projects?

There is almost never an actual plan when I start sewing, and I think I'd like to get into the habit of making more project lists. Creating a list of garments I need/fabric I have/patterns I want to make would definitely help me stay organize and get more done. 

3. What is your most used/worn sewing project? This either could be of all time or currently.

Most of my handmade clothing gets a lot of wear, but right now I'd say that my Laurelhurst cardigans get the most wear. It's in the 80s most days now, but when I come home to central air (which I am VERY grateful for!) I get chilly. Comfy cardis are a must for me!

4. Do you have a project that you thought would be used/worn frequently but just did not end up working out?

I sewed up a bunch of Tiny Tanks (discountinued pattern by Grainline Studio) right before I found out I was pregnant last summer, but they are unfinished. I only need to sew the bindings, but right now I know they just wouldn't fit my post-partum body. I might just finish them and see how they fit, but right now I'd rather focus my time on projects I know I can definitely wear.

5. What is your favorite tip or quote that applies to sewing for real life?

JUST DO IT! So many times I get hung up on how hard a new skill might be to learn (jeans, zippers, etc.) and I just need to DO IT. And so do you! You'll thank yourself later and get more completed in the end.

This tour made me go through my phone and find some great "in the wild" shots of my projects from the past year (May 2015-June 2016). In each of the photos below I'm wearing at least one sewn item. It's really neat to see that I get a lot of wear out of my projects (I wore a me made to both the weddings I went to AND Christmas.) I'm looking forward to a year from now and plan to have just as many more pictures of my handmade wardrobe to share!

Thanks so much to Sew 20 for hosting this awesome tour and allowing me to join in on the fun! Don't forget to check out the other stops on the tour that are linked below and enter the giveaway!

XOXO//VICTORIA

Me-Made-May 2016...I'm in!

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After years of watching on the sidelines, I think 2016 is the year that I participate in Me-Made-May! My plan is to wear at least one handmade item of clothing each day. It's a doable goal, as a majority of my favorite go-to tees are made by me! Plus, I have a few basics in the works thanks to The Creative Counselor's Back to Basics challenge (happening next week). I'm currently printing out four patterns and working on my plan!

My pledge is below. If you'd like to join, be sure to head over here and make your pledge!

I, Victoria, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '16. I endeavour to wear at least one handmade item of clothing each day for the duration of May 2016. I will document my journey on Instagram and do a weekly round-up on my blog, Very Blissful.

Hello, it's been awhile!

Life LatelyVictoria B.Comment

I didn't post at all last month, BUT I have a great reason why...

Baby Grayson is here! Born exactly one week after my last post on Friday, February 26. He was a month early and the tiny turkey had to spend an extra two weeks in the hospital. All is well though and he's growing like a weed!

Needless to say, I've been a little busy and neglected my lovely little blog. The good news is that I'm finally feeling up to working on some outstanding sewing projects (I'm looking at you, February/March Minerva plans!) and starting my postpartum work wardrobe. Stay tuned!

Xo, Victoria