Whitney Deal
Mother + wife + designer living in North Carolina


Entries in fabric (69)


Triangle + Mint Voile Sundress

I picked up a yard of voile in Triangle Tokens by April Rhodes and could not wait to whip something up. I love the mint color with small touches of metallic and you just can't go wrong with the softeness of voile fabric. I decided to adjust the geranium dress pattern so the bodice slopes downward from front to back. It's the perfect little sundress for my little one.


Mama Tops

Although I love to sew for my daughter, I enjoy making things for myself from time to time. As I'm gearing up for our second child and my belly continues to grow, I've making been myself tunic-like tops that will transition easily between maternity (right now) to my real-size wardrobe later on. 

Love, love, love this tunic pattern I've been testing out. I've made it in a cotton/linen navy herringbone as well as in a 100% silk green fabric. You just may see this piece again in (a possible) etsy shop I'm opening up in a few weeks! 

And this flowly bamboo knit stripey top that I find myself wearing nearly every other day! I used Vogue Pattern V8952 for this one.


Baby Quilts

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw this photo of my tiny blocks. I'm finishing up a seris of baby quilts and could not be more excited to share. My workspace is in the back of my mom's quilting/sewing store and I often get the itch to piece fabrics together when I'm not busy sewing silk dresses. Before this new baby debuts in late August, I can already feel its going to be a summer of sewing...


Summer Dress

I'm in love with this darling little dress. The fabric is Nani Iro Joy Flower and it is just so lovely -- I knew it needed to be made into something as equally sweet. So, I drafted this button-up tank dress that has a lined bodice and gathered skirt. 


Tiny Jacket

I made Glory Maeve this little jacket using this Oliver + S sewing pattern. I used a pale pink herringbone fabric I picked up from Purl Soho (along with the dotted bias tape shown below) when I was in New York and opted for just a two button closure. Just in time for this sudden burst of cool weather!


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.


Tiny Knit Tees

I should warn you, I've been on a bit of a sewing binge lately. I've been making things for Glory Maeve, finishing holiday projects, shirts for my hub, and even a few things for myself. But the way I see it, when you get the itch to sew you have to just go for it -- so I'm going to have a quite a few things to share soon.

When I started making leggings for my daugther earlier this year, it was honestly my first real go with knit fabrics. But I sure have become addicted. Knit is so a part of our lives, and not just in t-shirt form. For good reason, it's super comfortable and makes fit more flexible.

Here are two tiny tees I made recently for my girl..

A mint chevron henley with snap closure. (Pattern - Hipster Henley by Blank Slate Patterns)

It is so hard to find simple clothing for children without anything on it! Which is why I made this simple white raglan tee. (Pattern - Recess Raglan Knit Tee by Sew Kate Sew)


Geranium Dress - Take 2!

I just couldn't help myself! Here's my second go with the Geranium Pattern with a completely different feel. See the first round in the previous post.

I used a multi-color stripe from my mom's shop and decided to set it off by mixing the direction and adding pockets. Perfect print for preschool, yes? I did just say preschool..we're trying a mother's morning out program, she's warming up to..not quite loving it yet :)

I used a snap closure this time. 

Styled with black polka-dot leggings and these adorable shoes from Zuzii.