Whitney Deal
Mother + wife + maker living in North Carolina







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.


Selfish Sewing Week : Look 2

Today's look is a new design I'm in the process of working out the kinks on. It's inspired by the Glea blouse from my very first bridal collection in 2011. I've extended it into a dress (and added pockets!) and am currently working to get into a sewing pattern. Here it is in silk which creates more of a formal look, linen is next on my list to make it out of -- I think it would be just perfect for summer.


Selfish Sewing Week : Look 1

In an effort to build my handmade wardrobe, I've decided to participate in Selfish Sewing Week all week long! I spend so much time sewing for my shop and my girls that I forget to make things for myself. So this was the perfect motivation to get working on a few projects just for me. First up, my Mercer Tunic

I've been playing around with Spoonflower a bit and wanted to create the tunic from fabric I had designed. It's a mint silk crepe de chine with black and taupe triangle clusters. 


Bib Pattern: Tips & Tricks

I've been making this baby bib for three years now. I don't know the exact count but I would say I have put together over a 100 of those little guys. I've come up with a few tips and tricks that make the bibs feel more finished and professional.

1. Make sure the fabric strips are parallel. I often mark lines on my pattern so that once I have my strips sewn together, I can line everything up perfectly from side to side.

2. Use a rotary and cutting mat to get accurate cuts. Honestly, I use a rotary every time I sew no matter the project. I have different size rotary cutters depending the project. For the bib pattern, you would want to use a smaller rotarty cutter because of all the curves.

3. Sew slowly and get your curves as perfect as you can. This bib is one curve after another and if you don't get them nice and round, it will all show once your bib is turned to the right side. I repeat, go slow and make nice curves -- it will pay off.

4. Edgestitch right along the edge. For my Bernina sewing machine, I use this presser foot to achieve a perfect edgestitch. 

And those are just a few tips to making perfect bibs every time! If you ever have questions, never hesitate to send them my way.


Blue Ridge Block

At the beginning of the year, I joined together with a few of my quilting friends and we started a modern quilting guild in my hometown of Wilkesboro, NC. It's been so fun to meet up with locals who are as enthusiastic as I am about sewing (even though I'm a newbie to this whole quilting thing).

Every month at our meetings we have a sit-n-sew and work on a block together. I'm putting together a block for next month and I went with something that was reminiscent of our name and geographic location, the Blue Ridge Mountains. It's a simple block that uses a gradient of green/blues. I turned mine into a pillow and added very subtle embroidery stitching.


Triangle Denim Tunic

I've been in the mood to work on a summer wardrobe for me and my girls -- probably because I'm over cold weather and need something to look forward to. I've also been wanting to combine my love of "half square triangles" with a dress for my daugther. I used the old-faithful Geranium pattern to make a denim dress and put 4 triangles across the front using fabric from Carolyn Friedlander's Doe collection. So cute, right? I want one in my size now.