Whitney Deal
Mother + wife + designer living in North Carolina

 

 

 

Entries in fabric (78)

Wednesday
Oct222014

Mercer's Baby Quilt

My mom pieced together this baby quilt for my daugther before she was born. We picked out the fabrics/colors together and she went to town with sewing and piecing strips together. My cousin then quilted it with wavy lines which I believe contrasts well with the linear design.

Thursday
Oct162014

Maeve Jumper - PDF Sewing Pattern

I'm excited to share my latest PDF sewing pattern, the Maeve Jumper! I created this jumper for my daugther this past summer and here are a few examples of what I've made using this pattern..

Sailboat Jumper
Nani Iro Jumper
Liberty of London Jumper

And of course, the one pictured below is with fabric by Cotton and Steel. This super sweet jumper is perfect for your little lady. Bodice is lined and adorned with three buttons. Can be worn as a summer dress or layered in the cooler months with a tee and leggings. Available in sizes 18-24, 2T, 3T, 4T, and 5T.

Happy sewing! and as always, I'd love to see your creations!

Tuesday
Oct142014

Sweet Sunday Dress

I refer to this most recent dress that I made my daugther as a "Sunday" dress because I took the time to line it and give it a deep hem. Making it it just a little bit more special and full in the skirt. It's a simple tank dress with a zipper back closure and square neckline. I'm planning on pairing it with a white tee as the weather cools off a bit to get more wear out of it.

Friday
Sep262014

Mickey Mouse Button-Up Tunic

Remember this botanical button-up? My daughter, Glory Maeve, is in the middle of a Mickey Mouse obsession and I whipped up a similar top in a tunic length featuring vintage-inspired Mickey fabric. My daugther was thrilled... :)

Wednesday
Aug202014

Quilting + The Longarm

If you follow me on instagram (or even here on my blog), it's no secret that I've been bit by the quilting bug. After working so passionately on my spring collection of wedding dresses, I believe I've been yearning for an opportunity to experiment with color, pattern, and cotton. 

Even though I've been involved with my mom's sewing shop for a few years now, the idea of quilting never really interested me. But when I stumbled across a few unique quilts on pinterest, something sparked up inside of me. So here I am, almost 10 quilts later, intrigued by this creative world and wanting to learn more. 

I'm fortunate that my mom's shop offers longarm services and I have started dabbling a bit with the machine. It's an intimidating piece of equipment (her's can load up to a king size quilt) but to be able to have the control and ease of quilting on my own is really exciting. So I'm learning -- and it's so fun!

I'm working on figuring out my "quilting style" so to speak and have been trying to get a handle on using the machine as well as figure out stitching patterns and techniques that interest me. I'm very excited for the endless creative possibilities! And as you can see below, I have a helper who is obessesed with sewing and pinning (yes, that sounded dangerous -- but she now has her own pin cushion and carefully places pins into it...start young, yes?).

Monday
Aug182014

Persimmon Quilt Top

My mom just received a large selection of layer cakes and charm packs for her sewing store so I decided to take on two Persimmon charm packs and make this lap quilt. This collection has a nice color palette and I love it against the white base..now on to figuring out how to quilt it and finish it up...

Have I mentioned that I've been experimenting with long-arm quilitng? Oh yeah.

Monday
Aug042014

Botanical Button-Up Tank

One of my pet peeves with children's shirts is when they creep up -- so when I make anything for my daugther I tend to add length to avoid constant belly exposure! I stumbled across this pattern in my stash and made this simple button-up tank with ruffle hem using Bonnie Christine's Sprouts of Joy fabric. I ended up adding about 2.5" to the length on this tank. Pattern is Butterick 3825.

Friday
Aug012014

Liberty Flying Geese

When I still had a line of bridesmaid and garden party dresses, Liberty of London was my favorite fabric to use. There is nothing like it! I was often sent swatches of the latest fabrics and held on to them because they were just too pretty to part with. I recently made the decision to do something with all those swatches and just started making flying geese..with no plan! But I'm loving what's happening...

I'm leaning towards a queen size quilt at the moment but we'll see how it evolves. It's nice to have a project on the back-burner that develops as you sew!