Whitney Deal
Mother + wife + dress designer living in NC

 

Monday
Oct282013

Ariel in Hattie

Love this shot of Ariel on her wedding day wearing the Hattie gown.

Thursday
Oct242013

Baby Bib Pattern

I'm excited to share with you the sewing pattern for the oh-so-popular bibs! I had no idea when I started making these bibs how often I would actually use them -- they have been one of my go-to baby items because they are light-weight, simple, washable, and easy to make! 

This was my first go with a PDF pattern, so please bear with me -- I also welcome any feedback! You can download a free copy of the pattern here. Please note that this pattern is to not be emailed, photocopied, sold or distributed.

This is a great simple sewing project with minimal supplies. You'll need a few scrap pieces of fabric to piece together for the front of the bib. I've listed recommended sizes for the strips but once you feel more comforabtle, experiement with different sizes/combinations. Fusible interfacing is used to help stabilize the bib and I recommend using a soft material like fleece for the backside. For closure you can go with a button/velcro/snap/etc.

Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday
Oct222013

Mini Bedroom Makeover

So we're still not going dark with the walls yet, but I have had the chance to update our bedroom from when we first moved in. We finally put in real curtain rods, picked up a new comforter, and put down this rug that I originally bought for my showroom.

Slowly but surely...

Monday
Oct212013

Tiny Metallic Boots

Perfect pair of fall boots from Zara for my new walker. There is not really much to say here except YES. Oh, and do they come in my size?

Friday
Oct182013

NYC Recap

I had a wonderful time in New York last weekend even though it was a jam packed trip! Here's a peek..

I went to the NYC Ballet for the first time and it was amazing! Before the ballet, we had dinner at Robert Restaurant that overlooked Columbus Circle. We were there at the perfect time to watch the sunset over Central Park.

The theater was to die for, the chandlier was goregous. The next morning I headed over to the Bridal Market and had the opportunity to meet Myra of Twigs & Honey in person! I've made to so many friends online through the years and it's so nice to actually see them in real life.

This was my first time at Bridal Market and it was huge! Afterwards, I made a pit stop at my favorite cupcake shop in the East Village, Butter Lane. 

I spent an entire day sourcing for my upcoming collection. The garment district isn't huge but you can still manage to get exhausted running around from store to store. 

And I also made the trip up to Tinsel Trading Co. -- love that store, especially this Halloween display.

And I ended a trip with an appearance at the Martha Stewart Bridal Market Party! So fun!

Thursday
Oct102013

Hers + Mine :: Handmade Dresses

I can only do this while she is tiny and doesn't care that we match :) But yes, I made us dresses from the same fabric, and hers is ridiculously cute. I made the Tova shirt when I took Jenny Gordy's sewing class in New York a few years ago and decided it was time to make another. I went with the dress version this time using this comfy rayon fabric. There was just enough fabric leftover to make a little something for Glory Maeve..

So for her, I chose the adorable Tinny pattern by Straight Grain with a few minor modifications. I opted for plain short sleeves and stitched down the peter pan collar. I'm so happy with how it turned out, I love the full circle skirt on her.

Wednesday
Oct092013

Headed to NYC!

I've been quietly working on a few new designs and am headed to bridal market in NYC this weekend. A little bit of business mixed with fun -- I got tickets to the Ballet, ah! I'll share my travels when I return but until then here is a little sneak of silk taffeta scallops!

Monday
Oct072013

Hooded Cape

I've been wanting to make myself a cape for years. It just seems cozy to bundle up in an oversized blanket, without it actually being a blanket...you get me? I found this simple vintage cape pattern that was perfect -- it even has a hood. I went with a gray wool coating for the outside and a flannel wool for the inside both from Mood

Perfect timing for this project..hello fall!