Wednesday, December 19, 2012


  It's a very exciting part of the year! People are preparing their hearts and homes for Christmas, and one of those fun preparations is wrapping the gifts. This year, however, I decided to be particularly artsy with my presents.

  With jute twine, sheet music, stickers, and some paper bags! And, of course, some Pinspiration from talented people across the web. Here are some examples of what I did... 

 Sheet music wrapping, tissue paper bow. Brown paper wrapping, lace and twine decorations.

 Brown paper wrapping, twine bows, sheet music and sticker tag.

 Tissue paper wrapping, recycled greeting card decoration and faux historical dollar bill tag.

'Ordinary' wrapping paper, twine bow and sheet music and sticker tag. 

Hope this provides some inspiration for your own wrapping... and may you have a blessed Advent!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Susan's Coronation Dress

  After months of 39% work and 61% procrastination, I am pleased to announce that I am finally finished with my Susan Coronation Dress from Prince Caspian. Without further adieu, some lame dressform pictures for your viewing pleasure!

Baaa daaanngg. I'll have you know that I am stinkin' happy it's stinkin' done. Also, it might be helpful to note that I was working with pure speculation for the skirt... so if it's not all what the real skirt looks like (or what you think it looks like), I'm sorry. I was working with one clear picture and several not-so-clear-in-fact-quite-fuzzy-pictures on this one.

I poured a lot of detail work into that bodice. Check out the embroidery, the slashing, the separated sleeves... 

 Though it was a lot of work, I am so happy with the results.

 Le back with metal eyelets... 

...and a detail shot of the underskirt train. 

As to this dresses' future, I am not certain where it will end up or what I will be doing with it. I want to wear it to at least ONE event (doesn't matter what it is) and then I'll be listing it on my Etsy shop. But we'll see. 

  Oh, and these aren't the only pictures you'll be getting of this one. I plan on doing a wintery photoshoot (similar to this one) with this lovely!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

It's Coming... {Project Update}

...can you feel it in the air? We're already a few days from the beginning of Advent (and after that, Christmas!), and before you know, it will have been a year since I've started this blog! Sadly, our Christmas will be different this year. My brother left for boot camp yesterday, and we won't be seeing him until late February or early March at the earliest. Please keep him in your prayers!

  In other news, I'd like to show you a few of the projects I've been working on recently. The first is an ornament I made after a Pin!

 I'll be making more for hostess gifts and to keep. Golly, ornaments are so much fun to make.

 Next up is a mustard infinity scarf I'm knitting... and it's not in the round. Yeah, you're shocked. I know you are. But I wasn't too hot on the idea of knitting 640 stitches on my short needles. 

Too lazy to get more needles? You bet.

The above is a pile of fabric and patterns I'm hoping will soon become... 

 Prequel era Jedi robes! Well, I won't be crafting them exactly like Master Gallia's, but the same idea.

(I had her action figure when I was little, and she was my favorite Jedi ever. Besides Obi-Wan, upon whom I crushed for the longest time.)

And last but not least, I am literally 98% done with my Susan Coronation dress from Prince Caspian. That shot should give you an idea of WHY it's been taking me so long to finish it. 

Detail. It's all about the detail.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Why You Need A Cape

Why? First of all, ask yourself that question. Why does anyone need a cape? Let me name the reasons...

 The Hobbit is coming out, and you want to look fab at the theater like we do in the above picture. Notice that even the people without costumes look amazing... 

They can instantly make any costume look better. Believe me when I say that nearly every costume, be it fantasy, steampunk, sci-fi or otherwise, looks ten times better with a cape. 

There ya go. Do you need any other reasons? Check out the shop to find your perfect cape!

...don't believe her, by the way. She doesn't know what she's talking about.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Big Thanksgiving Sale!

To thank all of my lovely customers and followers for such a great year of sewing and custom orders, and for wonderful new friends that I've made while blogging and expanding my Etsy shop, I'd like to present you all with a very special coupon code! 

It's good for forty percent off any non-custom order. Enter the following at checkout: 


Thank you, all of you... and may you have a blissful Thanksgiving with family and friends. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

All Saints!

  Catholics have a special way of celebrating All Hallow's... we have our own special little parties called 'All Saints' Eve', and you come dressed as a Saint or Biblical character. You give a little speech and everyone has to guess who you are. It's loads of fun.

  This year, I was Empress Zita of Austria, who isn't technically a saint. HOWEVER, I was 'standing in' for her husband, Blessed Charles of Austria, because I couldn't be him.

I wore this dress because Empress Zita was married in the year 1912, meaning she was a young woman around that time.

I was a little nervous during my speech, and one of my friends came up to me afterwards and said, "Were you going to cry or something?" 

Nah. That was just my shaky-knees-buckling voice.

I tied for best presentation for my age group, which is saying a lot, considering that the person I tied with perenially gets that award. I guess I didn't do that bad. 

My armor-crafting friend threw this outfit together and got best costume for our age group. He did so with the help of my cape

(And I know you're reading this right now, Pete, come'on... the cape finished the outfit off.)

Not that I was going for best costume... but I think the judges should have taken his SHOES into consideration:

I know I'm gonna get nailed for posting that, but oh well. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

DC Fashion: The Retro Plaid

  A recent trip to Washington, DC, required a plethora of fashionable clothes. What better to bring than my latest projects? This one is my wild plaid jumper.

 It's made from a retro-ish pattern and this orange/brown wool plaid. Like the combo?

It fit extremely well on me, so I think I'll be making use of this pattern again. Yeah, the purse clashes. So keep silent on that matter. 

Oh, and if you're going through the gemstone section of the Natural History Museum and you see this one quartz formation you're allowed to touch, do you quote Saruman?

Like this jumper? Contact me and we'll see about getting one in your size and choice of fabrics! 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Straight from the Workroom: A Project Update


That may look like just a pile of patterns to you. Don't worry. It is. 

But it's not just any pile of patterns. With that pile, I made this:


(side note: it looks much better on a person. Trust me.)
You're probably unimpressed. Okay. Understandable. I'll flash two closeups before I give you an explanation. 

 ...collar and neck edge...

...skirt front... 

Still don't see it? How's this? 

Knights of the Old Republic robes! I am FINALLY doing it, living my dream of making Jedi robes. And thanks to the above beautiful concept art by Aimo, I was able to nail down exactly which I wanted to do! 

Eventually, I'm going to be doing Clone Wars era robes (like sooner than later, I promise!), but I wanted to do something extremely special for my first set. And since I have obsessed over the best role-playing-game in the universe, Knights of the Old Republic, for eight years, I figured I might as well do something from it! 

Can you tell I'm a Star Wars geek? 

Okay, moving on.... second project preview I wanted to give was this ADORABLE little costume I was commissioned to do by a friend's mom: 

A little nun habit for our All Saint's Day party! I can't wait to see it on her! 

The veil was yet to be made when the photo was taken, so don't worry... this lil' nun has a veil. Don't despair. 


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Customer Photos: Fellowship Cloak!

   I finally got a chance to be Galadrial herself and weave a cloak for a wayfarer... actually, no, I didn't weave the fabric, but I did get to make a Fellowship Cloak for the same person who ordered this one!

He found the fabric on this site, and believe me, it was perfect. 

 It was like a dream to sew on that fabric. Really, it was. I was sad to see it leave the house, but it looks really amazing with his Aragorn costume.

I have to say that his costume is very impressive (and not just because I contributed to it); he put a lot of time and effort into the whole ensemble and it certainly shows!

Now that is just cool. 

 Best part of the whole deal? I had to try it on to test the fit. Muhahaha.

  If you'd like your own Fellowship Cloak, do not fail to contact me! Additionally, if you are a customer from Willow's Works and would like to share your pictures with me, please send them along! Nothing is better than for me to see my work in action!

Friday, October 5, 2012

An Edwardian Fall

   I made this 1911 shirtwaist a few months ago and didn't really try it on until a few days ago.

And I was going to sell it... but then I was like, 'Hey! I could wear this in real life!' 

...real life being when? I dunno. I'll make excuses.

However, don't worry! This will be a custom listing in the shop... I have plenty of this material left over and would be happen to craft it in your size!

I LOVE the lines... so lovely! The design is so simple but so amazingly classy.

Like this shirtwaist? Request it or purchase a custom listing!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Mirror, Mirror Costumes: The Queen

  Last week, I featured Snow's costumes from Mirror, Mirror, with the promise that I would post about the Queen's costumes this week. Here it is!

  While the movie wasn't all that great, the costumes were fantabulous, as we saw last week. However poofy and bold Snow's costumes might have been, the Queen's were twice as big and fun! They are the epitome of amazing costuming. 

  She is first seen in her Court Dress... 

The attention to detail is STUNNING. 

I love how it just sort of poofs everywhere. And how there's just gorgeous embroidery encrusting the thing. Sadly, this dress is only in one scene. We move onto the next dress... 

... her Peacock Dress!

I love the feather embroidery... so unique, as opposed to having a dress in peacock colors.

And those WINGS and that LACE and that COLLAR! 

...and that POOF! Like... over the top but awesomely fun! 

There is a look-alike pattern

It's a far cry, but with some work it can do. 

  Next up is her Gold Mirror Gown!

Ruff. Ruff. Ruff. 

The bodice and sleeves have a unique slashing design all over... and that ruff... 

 It is also worn WITHOUT the ruff. Relief. 

 Here's some bodice (back and front) detail... I love the pointed bodice. So very classy. 

There are three other costumes before the wedding dress, but I couldn't find many pictures of them. One is her Reflection Dress, which looks like a nightgown with a ruff (is there a trend with ruffs here?), another is this dress... 

 It's very lovely, but the internet wouldn't cough up any other pictures of it. It's about as poofy as the previous dress in the skirt. Then, there's her robe...

Awkward scene. Very awkward. Rrrruuuufffff to that robe, though. It's very lovely.

To build up tension for the most amazing costume in this film, here's what goes underneath it: 

What is it with Hollywood and corset lacing scenes? 

Moving on... here's her wedding dress! 

Is it possible for everyone to fathom just how much work went into that beauty? 

 While I can admire and drool over this dress, I am thankful I am not the one who had to make it. 

But it is breath-taking. 

You just saw the image on the right, ignore that. Check out the one on the left. 


  Lastly, we have her deeply hooded Apple Cloak... 


The dress underneath is a simple black frock with next to no detail. I like the camo print on the cloak, I guess. 
Thanks for reading my Mirror, Mirror costumes series! Hope you all enjoyed it!