Sunday, November 5, 2017

What Victory Looks Like


This may not look like much at the moment, but it's what victory looks like. 

For the last three months, my husband and I have been living in a travel trailer, helping his family build what's to be our home for the next five years. I've been sewing on the trailer's wobbly dinette table, occasionally cutting my projects on a picnic table outside. 

So you can just imagine how excited I am to be moving into a house that has ROOMS... and doubly excited to be allowed a SEWING ROOM all of my own!
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Even though the only thing in there right now is a vintage Duncan Phyfe-style table (in need of repair), I'm super excited for the potential this room has. Samantha's excited too, because this room is going to be her home too. 

I'll be sharing updates on the layout, decor, and organization, so stay tuned! For now, check out my Pin board for sewing room inspiration. 


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