Whitney Deal
Mother + wife + dress designer living in NC

 

Monday
Dec162013

An "Over" Dress

This is what I call an "over"dress. When you have the little one ready to go with long sleeves and pants, and you just need a little something extra. 

Once again made with Rae's lovely Geranium pattern!

Monday
Dec092013

Late Lunch Tunic

I recently sewed myself a Late Lunch Tunic pattern by Liesl + Co. (a women's division of Oliver + S). I went with a chambray double gauze grey dot (found here) and decided to continue double buttons all the way up to the neckline. I'm so happy with how it turned out! I love a comfy tunic and this seems like it will transition well between seasons. 

Thursday
Dec052013

Hand Embroidery

One problem I've run into with calling my daugther by a double name is embroidery. There are 11 characters in her name (including a space) and that is typically over the letter limit for a lot stores I've looked at. But I should actually say this first..

I'm not necessarily in love with traditional embroidery. I'm fairly picky when it comes to deciding to monogram or embroider anything. I actually didn't own anything with my initials on it until I was bridesmaid and received a monogrammed gift. Not opposed to the idea, just never did it. But when I recently decided to look into it, I ran into a wall with the options that are out there. Everything looks the same, yes?

So what's my solution? Put the thread to the fabric and do my own thing, per usual. Just a simple back-stitch on this top I made for my daughter...

Now I'm intrigued with the idea and have ventured into embroidery sewing machine land. Anyone have one? I'll take all the tips I can get!

Monday
Dec022013

Our Holiday Cards

Very excited to share with you the holiday cards I chose for our family from Minted! So many choices, but I finally went with a card that paired well with the custom wrapping paper and gift tags that I also ordered. We are all ready to go now, time to start stuffing envelopes and wrapping presents! Guys, it's only three weeks until Christmas!

Ribbon Noel Holiday Card - Meshed with Love Gift Tags - Silver Glitter Ribbon
(all from Minted)

Block Print Branches Wrapping Paper - Winter Pines Personalized Wrapping Paper - Vintage Type Personalized Wrapping Paper - Berry Kraft Wrapping Paper
(all from Minted)

Monday
Dec022013

December Sparkle

I decided to dress up two forms with new sparkly dresses, and put them on display for the holiday season. Although my studio is in the way back of the space I share with my mom's fabric store, it's nice to have a small presence with the outside world. I'm loving my studio space and it's currently brewing with new designs that I will be releasing in the spring!

Monday
Nov252013

Holiday Dress

Remember this botanical dress? I decided to make that dress again for my daughter but this time in a more festive fabric for the holidays. Many of you have asked about the pattern, and it's actually a vintage pattern from my stash...I've included a photo of it below. 

For children's dresses, there is usually a pretty deep hem (this one called for a 3" hem) so I like to do a couple of rows of parallel hem stitches to add stability -- and I just like the way it looks! 

Is it just me? But don't you just love that vintage patterns only come in one size? You don't have all those other sizes to cut away...keeps everything clean, tidy, and less bulky :)

Wednesday
Nov202013

Muji Monotones

I'm pretty sure I could slip into the Muji pieces below and call it my uniform for winter (except when it's terribly cold and I need something more for my feet). A tunic, leggings, and super comfy sweater are staples for me...what about you?

Monday
Nov182013

Tiny Cottons

This whole set of cherry neon big dot children's pieces is perfection. Just look at that henley body suit! By Tiny Cottons, all 100% pima cotton.

Happy Monday!