Whitney Deal
Mother + wife + maker living in North Carolina

 

 

 

Tuesday
Nov182014

Sunki Dress

I've been holding on to this Figgy pattern since my first daugther was born...and now she is finally big enough to fit into it! It's the Sunki Dress pattern and I chose to use Essex Yarn Dyed fabric in black with Cotton + Steel Dottie in Gelato Gold. This dress sewed up fairly quickly and since we're approaching winter, I thought the Essex fabric would make for a heavier dress in cooler months. She's also pretty stoked about having pockets..it's the little things!

 

Friday
Nov142014

My Favorite Sewing Tools

I sew nearly every single day, for work and for pleasure -- and there are a few tools I've come to love so much that I just can't sew without! Here are a few of them..

Acrylic Rulers -- in every shape, length, and size! I use them for measuring and cutting everything.

Self-Healing Mat & Rotrary Cutter -- I hardly ever pick up a pair of scissors. Using a rotrary is so quick and precise. I actually have a self-healing mat over my entire table so I can use my rotrary cutter anywhere!

Tracing Wheel & Tracing Paper -- I use this for my own personal patternmaking but when I'm sewing something from a commercial pattern, I trace the pattern onto my own paper so I don't lose any sizes or markings.

Pressing Ham -- A good iron is crucial and I have come to rely on this pressing ham for more precise ironing especially in garments.

Tiny Scissors -- Pretty obvious, right? I have a pair of tiny scissors beside each sewing machine and serger.

Weights -- I never pin patterns, instead, I use weights and zip through trimming pattern pieces with a rotrary.

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Do you have any sewing tools you just can't live without? I'd love to hear...there is always room is my sewing box for more goodness!

Wednesday
Nov122014

Where the Wild Things Are - Custom Quilt

I love when things come full circle! That's exactly what happened when a couple whose wedding I photographed asked me to make a custom quilt for their baby boy. The inspiration for the quilt is below...a scene from the book "Where the Wild Things Are" -- we collectively decided on a color palette from that illustration and went with a simple square pattern with straight line quilting. The quilt is going to be used as a wall-hanging in the nursery so I added a sleeve on the back. I love it -- a sweet, simple quilt for a baby boy!

Monday
Nov102014

Toddler Tunic in Cotton & Steel Lawn

Just whipped up this Geranium tunic for my daugther using this cotton lawn fabric by Cotton & Steel. Hooray for long sleeves! I drafted and added the sleeves so she'll be able to wear it during the colder months ahead. I love how it turned out -- easily paired with a variety of pants and leggings.

Thursday
Nov062014

Color Story #2

From this lovely wedding we photographed a couple of years ago. A fall-inspired color story..

Wednesday
Nov052014

Liberty Quilt

I just finished up this quilt that I started months ago -- Liberty of London (cotton tana lawn) swatches made into a rows of flying geese. I went with a queen-size and used a pebble design for the quilting. Those darn pebbles took me hours on the long-arm! -- but I am so happy with how it all turned out. I also used a Liberty of London fabric for the back and binding.

Tuesday
Nov042014

Etsy Shop Sale!

I'm cleaning out my etsy shop in time for the holidays so many of the ready made items are on sale! Head on over to see the steals!

Monday
Nov032014

Dawn's Custom Dress

Let me just start by saying -- Dawn is the best, period. I've followed her work online for many years and was thrilled when she asked to collaborate on her wedding dress. She is my ideal bride! We pieced together two of my existing dress styles (Elsie & Lucille) then tweaked it to Dawn's preference. Doesn't it look just darling? Best wishes to this sweet couple!

You can see more of her wedding day here. Photos by Sayher Heffernan.