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Real Life, Real Sewing | Sew 20 Tour

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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!


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!

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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

Friday Faves: Weekending and Warby Parker

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Long time, no blog! I'm excited to initiate what I hope will be a consistent series of posts where I share my favorite things of the moment. Today, it's my new weekend bag and my Warby Parker Home Try-On experience.

My mom got me this killer weekender from Sole Society for my birthday (last weekend--Valentine's Day baby over here!), and I LOVE it. I plan on using it as my hospital bag, which I need to start packing yesterday, but I figured I'd give it a trial run this weekend.

The best feature for me hands-down is the bottom compartment to fit extra stuff, like shoes! Using this bag also keeps me a little more accountable of what I pack since I'm a self-diagnosed over packer. 

As I'm getting ready to pack my hospital bag I know one thing I can't forget is my glasses, but I've had my current pair for awhile and could use and update. Enter Warby Parker's Home Try-On program!

My current pair of eyeglasses are from Warby Parker, and I really appreciate their easy to use website and options that they have, What I like most though is the Try-On program. You pick five pairs of glasses or sunglasses that you'd like to test out and they'll send them right to your door--for free! No uploading a picture to a website and guessing if they'll look good on you. 

I chose three pairs of eyeglass frames and two pairs of sunglasses to try, and I really liked them all. It will be a hard decision to make after I get my new prescription!

What are your Friday Faves going into the weekend? // Victoria


Sunday Lately: Planning, Loving, Reading, Wishing, Feeling

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Another week, another Sunday Lately post! This week's theme is planning, loving, reading, wishing and feeling.

I'm finalizing the last few parts of a free crochet headband pattern that I'm planning to post this week. I've been wanting to share it for months, and now that the weather is finally colder (and snowier!) it's the perfect time.

Have you seen the pilot for Home Town on HGTV? I am loving how the network is getting "more real" with their shows and hosts. I loooooove Fixer Upper, and this new show is very similar. Definitely check it out if you're into that kind of TV. 

Colette Patterns just debuted The Colette Book Club, and I just started reading the first book for the upcoming discussion that starts February 15. I'm only a few pages into The Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow, but I'm excited to get through my first read of 2016!

I'm wishing it were Tuesday because we're thinking about visiting Ikea to pick up a new desk and the nursery furniture! Once that is done I feel like we will officially be in baby-preparing mode.

It's the start of a new week, and I'm feeling good about preparing for it and getting things done. The next two weekends are full of fun, but we'll be busy so I need to get stuff done during the week as opposed to my usual weekend plans.

I'm off to test a pattern (blogging soon)! What are you up to on this Sunday?//Victoria