Whitney Deal
Mother + wife + dress designer living in NC


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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.


Geranium Dress

I've been wanting to make something from the Geranium Dress Sewing Pattern by Made by Rae for quite some time and finally got to it! I love all of the options that this pattern has -- I went with a top with flutter sleeves (using this fabric) and added a waist detail. I'm already planning the next garment I want to make..

Super cute umbrella leggings by House of Mia.


Botanical Dress

We've had a very slight change in the air here in North Carolina -- a very small hint of fall. Which is the. best. thing. ever. However, I freaked out immediately, like all good mothers do, when I noticed I barely had any long-sleeved shirts for Glory Maeve. Solution..whip up a few! I used a vintage sewing pattern for this little botanical dress.


A Spring Baby Dress

I finally had some free time recently to make little Glory something and had really been wanting to use this fabric from my mom's shop ...so voila, a simple, sweet spring dress. Adorned with a simple velvet ribbon and bow with gold buttons up the back.


Gloria Sews Etsy Shop

My mom has recently been giving her Etsy shop a makeover. In addition to fabrics, she has also started listing notions, such as zippers and buttons. I love the range of colors in zippers and the way she has decided to display the listings. She runs a small business that is invalubale to a small community. I look up to her dedication to her work and the creative support she provides for her customers, friends, and family.

You can read more about her fabric store beginings here and here.