Whitney Deal
Mother + wife + maker living in North Carolina






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Baby Sunsuit

As much as I enjoy making clothing for myself and my girls -- I've never been a big fan of making baby clothing. It's because there are only certain types of clothes that actually fit babies well and comfortably. Those being knit onesies,leggings, and rompers, am I right? You make a baby dress and as soon as you try to hold that baby, the dress is creeping up on her. So I stick to making baby bibs and such...

I was going through my rather large stash of sewing patterns when I found this little sunsuit. It was a pattern that my mom had purchased to use for me when I was baby. I thought it might be something I could make for the 8-month-old that she could wear easily. 

Why did I not find this little gem sooner? I've already made two of these sunsuits and am contemplating my next!

I went with a double gauze for both of the suits -- both fabrics can be found here. Double gauze works well for garments and since this is for warmer weather, it's super breathable for the higher temps. And it doesn't hurt that the more you wash double gauze, the softer it gets.

So cute, right?

Here is the pattern for those interested -- it has a date of 1984. I'm also considering a beach bonnett next for my lady


Handmade Table Runners

I wanted to make a quilt for all of my family member's Christmas presents...BUT, there are just not enough hours in the day. The next best thing was to make table runners! I pulled together my scraps and was able to make each one different -- and even experimented with machine quilting on my regular sewing machine. 


Gem Tunic 

You know how I love to add sleeves to most of my patterns, right? Had to do it with this one as well! I made this blouse twice this past summer for my daugther (here and here) and this time around I went with a cotton lawn fabric (Gems Truly Outrageous from Cotton + Steel) and contrasting coral buttons. I love how this one turned out..now I'll have to add a few more to my sewing queue.


Christmas Tree Skirt

I took a quilting class this summer to make a christmas tree skirt and I just finished it! Thank goodness I started on it many months ago, right? Anywho, I went with solid fabrics in red, white, and green and a chicken wire binding. I LOVE how it turned out -- Charlie Brown reminiscent, yes?

I loaded it on the longarm quilting machine which required a LOT of basting since it was circular. Once on, I quilted in the white and and darker green areas. 


Cyber Monday - Fabric Sale

I've got great news! It's Cyber Monday and fabric in my Mom's etsy shop is 15% off! All types of patterns, styles, colors, etc. I hope you enjoy -- get to sewing! And if you need more yardage than what you see listed, just send a convo and she'll try to get you fixed right up!

Discount Code: happyholidays

You'll be able to find several fabrics I've used for things I've made for my daughter (examples below) all of which are now searchable at the top of the page under the tab "clothing gallery"!


Herringbone Quilt Kit

My mom's fabric store carries fabric from the Cotton + Steel line and I love working with a mix of patterns from their collections. I recently put together this herringbone quilt top featuring three prints and a solid. It's a simple and fun quilt to make so I decided to package the appropriate yardage and directions together in a kit, which can be purchased here. I prefer to make the half square triangles (HST) using the "magic 8" method -- meaning you can get 8 HST from just two pieces of fabric. Now on to figuring out how I'd like to quilt and bind it...

Oh, and can you believe how golden this photograph is? It's just screaming fall in the background with the leaves and wind!

And here's a close-up -- I love how the white just brings it all together!


Sunki Dress

I've been holding on to this Figgy pattern since my first daugther was born...and now she is finally big enough to fit into it! It's the Sunki Dress pattern and I chose to use Essex Yarn Dyed fabric in black with Cotton + Steel Dottie in Gelato Gold. This dress sewed up fairly quickly and since we're approaching winter, I thought the Essex fabric would make for a heavier dress in cooler months. She's also pretty stoked about having pockets..it's the little things!



Where the Wild Things Are - Custom Quilt

I love when things come full circle! That's exactly what happened when a couple whose wedding I photographed asked me to make a custom quilt for their baby boy. The inspiration for the quilt is below...a scene from the book "Where the Wild Things Are" -- we collectively decided on a color palette from that illustration and went with a simple square pattern with straight line quilting. The quilt is going to be used as a wall-hanging in the nursery so I added a sleeve on the back. I love it -- a sweet, simple quilt for a baby boy!