Whitney Deal
Mother + wife + maker living in North Carolina





Favorite Sewing Books

My bookshelf is filled with books about sewing, from couture techniques to draping, I have aquired quite the collection -- I thought I would share two of my favroite go-to sewing books for beginner and experienced sewers. I use these two books for my own patternmaking or when the directions in a sewing pattern just don't add up. The illustrations are very clear and there is a wealth of knowledge in each one. Honestly, I'll refer back to one of them and then find myself there an hour later just discovering new techniques. 

This is the edition I have of the Reader's Digest New Comlete Guide to Sewing, but I know there are several out there. I received this as a gift from my Mom around the time I was starting fashion school and it was a saving grace during frustrating sewing projects.

And before graduating, I bought the Professional Sewing Techniques for Designers book (again, probably new editions out there) and it really complimented the book above. Sometimes the two cross over in technique, and sometimes not -- either way, both super helpful. And hopefully this is helpful to you if you are interested in finding a few must-have sewing books.

Does anyone else have a favorite sewing book to share??


Ribbon Blog Tour : Bonnie Christine + Renaissance Ribbons

I'm excited to be a part of Bonnie Christine's ribbon blog tour! If you are not already familiar with Bonnie's work -- she is a super talented surface pattern designer and also writes the blog, Going Home to Roost. I appreciate her aesthetic, voice, and creative purpose so it was a lot of fun to use a few of her products to make something with. I chose to go with baby bibs and bloomers! A perfect little set for your little one or for a baby shower gift. 

Pretty darling, yes? I stitched up a pair of bloomers from my bloomer sewing pattern and hand-stitched a bow front and center. The bow is purely for decoration so it will stay in place. These bloomers are going directly into my daugther's summer wardrobe :)

Using my bib pattern, I accented each bib with a piece of ribbon to separate the fabrics. Super simple -- just top-stitch the ribbon directly on to the pieced together bib fabrics. 

Feel free to continue on with the ribbon blog tour! Before me was Amy Watkins of Cozy Reverie and tomorrow will be Alexis Wright of My Sweet Sunshine Studio. It's fun to see the different projects and directions others are taking. See the whole collection of Bonnie's ribbons here.


Color-Blocked Maeve Jumper

I've been wanting to make a few Maeve Jumper variations lately so I started with a color-blocked version. Oh, aqua + mint...you get me every time!

This is a super easy way to add a little something-something without having to change very much. I simply shortened the skirt and added a band. I attached the band using a french seam to keep everything nice and neat on the inside.


New Chicks on the Block

We recently added a few more chickens to our hobby farm. My hub has always wanted a few barred rocks and he just decided to order a few one night on a whim. We had an extra chicken coop that my cousin didn't need so it was the perfect place for the new hens. 

In addition to three barred rocks we also got two white rocks -- to mix it up a little bit. Right now, these girls are in their teenage years and just starting to feather out but you can already tell how beautiful they are going to be.

This little coop is so cute -- just needs a little paint and a few touch-ups. I believe the birds are enjoying their new digs as well as the warmer weather!

We still love our golden comets, they have really grown into their personalities! They are also serious egg-layers. Even when it was freezing cold this winter with snow on the ground, we could always count on eggs every single day. 


Future Sewers of America

She watches me sew almost every single day, so I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that she knows the appropriate steps and tools. Thankfully I did not have the blade out when I caught her doing this. 

IMG 8185 from Whitney Deal on Vimeo.


Selfish Sewing Week : Look 5

I've SO enjoyed this week and sharing a few of my personal handmade wardrobe pieces! I'm ending my last look with another Mercer tunic favorite of mine. A sweet, gray silk version that can be dressed up or down. So comfy. And while we're at it, I made the necklace too ;)


Selfish Sewing Week : Look 4

The most recent garment in this look is the denim skirt. I've been in love with this skirt for years (years, people!) so with it as the inspiration, I made my own out of a dark stretch denim and added a scoop pocket. I paired it with a sleeveless Glea blouse that I made in 2011 out of a Liberty of London fabric.


Selfish Sewing Week : Look 3

Okay, I'm in love with this dress. There are so many fabulous patterns out there and just not enough time to get to them all! So, again, I'm thankful for this week and forcing me to finally make the Alder shirt dress by Grainline Studio. I'm a big fan of Jen and her mad style -- so this little number in chambray was a no brainer.