Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Portfolio: 18" Edwardian Tea Party Dress

Like I said a couple posts ago, I've decided to change my costuming focus to 18" dolls (like American Girl). This doesn't mean I'm no longer going to be sewing "people" costumes, but it does mean that the majority of my projects and Etsy products will be 18" sized. 

That being said, let's have a look at my first foray into my 18" adventures! I crafted this dress back in January of 2017 as a "test" piece to see if I could actually achieve my dream. 

This was fashioned from a tattered baptismal gown from around 1900-1920. The gown was so battered that it couldn't be saved, so I decided to turn it into something new. Hence, my idea for using vintage and antique materials in 18" garments was born! 

I took advantage of the lace and pintucks already adorning the piece to detail the dress. I also sewed a vintage button to the neckline-- doesn't it look like a tiny brooch?

The back was closed with hooks-and-eyes with a line of faux buttons covering them. I used historical methods (garnered from Jennie of Sense and Sensibility pattern) to sew up the skirt placket. 

This dress sold in January of 2017, but I'd be happy to custom-make another one for you! 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Labor Day Sale 2017!

From now until Monday, September 4th, Etsy is hosting its first-ever site-wide sale! Willow's Works is taking part by offering 20% off all our old stock-- including clearance items! 

Check it out now by clicking here

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Great Return and Three Exciting Things

After a hiatus of nearly a year, I'm back to blogging! More importantly, I finished my degree earlier this year, which means I'm back for good! Posts will return to a weekly flow, something I'm very excited about.

I'm also excited about three things I have to tell you all!

No. 1: New name!

Yes, that's right-- I'm a Missus! On August 12th, 2017, I married my dearest friend and constant companion, Michael Gonzalez. We had been engaged for over a year, and dating for nearly three. Life would be dull and dreary indeed were it not for him! My dear mother sewed my wedding dress using three layers of silk and antique lace. When I get more pictures, I will share the dress's story!

No. 2: New home!

My husband and I are now living in Waco, TX-- a far way from my little corner of Pennsylvania, but definitely an adventure I'm embracing whole-heartedly! He's pursuing his PhD in Political Science at Baylor University, while I'm staying at home to sew. What more could a girl ask for?

And yes... I've been to Magnolia Market.

No. 3: New start!

If that weren't enough, I'm also heading in a new direction with my Etsy shop. My plan is to sew a line of 18" doll clothing using antique materials and historical patterns and techniques. Each garment will feature at least one antique or vintage piece, and every single piece will be top-notch quality! I'm aiming for late 19th-early 20th century garments for ladies, but I'm completely open to new ideas and custom orders.

Basically, my new shop direction is just the culmination of all my other ideas- historic patterns, a love for the antique, and a passion for dressing up.

Stay tuned for further updates! I'm working on my first release for my 18" clothing line, which should be ready by the middle of September!