Whitney Deal
Mother + wife + designer living in North Carolina


Entries in fabric (70)


Tulip Pinafore Top

I purchased this pattern from Too Sweets etsy shop well before my daugther was born and only recently whipped up something out of it! That's very much not like me, but I'm glad I finally made something just in time for this summer heat. I made it out of Gentle Vines by Elizabeth Olwen. Here's a photo of the back..

I'm already scheming of ways I'd like to personalize the pattern a bit -- thinking of a making the back sweep with a scallop? Hmm..


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)