Whitney Deal
Mother + wife + maker living in North Carolina






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Mercer Tunic in Nani Iro

June was Nani Iro month hosted by Miss Matatabi, and I squeaked in this Mercer Tunic before the end of the month. This fabric is a yummy double gauze from the Mountain Views collection. It has a nice metallic sheen. I'm trying out no buttons this time around, more of an open placket. I need to wear it a few times to make sure it doesn't flop open -- but if does, I'll either stitch it in place or add buttons. Just another tunic to add to my collection.. :)


Glea Dress: Sewing Pattern

Finally! Here she is...the Glea Dress sewing pattern. 

The Glea was a blouse from my debut bridal collection. A simple button-up blouse with peter pan collar, it quickly became a favorite. I had always envisioned it as a dress, something comfortable and flowy yet with light darts at the bust. Althought the pattern is designed to be a dress, it can easily be shortened back into a blouse or made sleeveless. 

Hope you enjoy!

Here are a few links that showcase the Glea:

Glea Dress in Floral Silk

Glea Dress in Natural Linen

Selfish Sewing Week : Look 2

Selfish Sewing Week : Look 4

Hannah's Wedding Dress

A New Collection + Press

High Kick



When I was in college I took a couple of printmaking and surface design classes. I had a blast and always wanted to get back into it. Recently I purchased an Indigo Dye Kit for fun and played around with a few yards of white fabric. 

With one piece of yardage, I made a pair of bloomers for my youngest daugther. I could have gone ahead and made the bloomers before dying the fabric but I liked the idea of choosing what part of the dye job I liked best.

Then I went with a Maeve Jumper for the oldest daugther. Both perfect staples for summertime.


Glea Dress in Floral Silk

I'm working away on the Glea Dress sewing pattern. It takes so much testing to get a pattern ready and I'm sewing and drafting in between naps ;) I just completed the dress in this silk fabric that I designed and just couldn't wait to share.

Remember my sketchbook doodles? I've taken a few of my watercolor paintings and had them printed on fabric from Spoonflower. This particular fabric is a silk faille, it's a little on the heavy side for my taste but very comfortable as well as machine washable (plus!). Since the Glea Dress isn't super fitted, I belted this version to make it more form fitting. 

Now on to more testing!


Baby Bloomers PDF Sewing Pattern

The Baby Bloomers sewing pattern is now available in my etsy shop. This is a fun, quick, and simple project available in sizes 0-3T. I've been making bloomers like crazy! It's freezing in North Carolina right now and it's putting me in a warmer state of mind to make baby bloomers :) 

Below is a pair I made for my youngest daugther -- I used double gauze and they are just the softest!

I decided to piece together three shades of solid fabric to make this "ice cream" inspired pair for my oldest daugther. She is officially potty-trained so I've been making her a stash of bloomers to wear under her dresses this summer.


Ohhh summer...swing-dress + saltwaters

I hope you enjoy this darling pattern! I'm putting together an additional tutorial to easily lengthen the bloomers to transform them into knickers. So stay tuned!


Etsy Shop Sale!

I'm cleaning out my etsy shop in time for the holidays so many of the ready made items are on sale! Head on over to see the steals!


Dawn's Custom Dress

Let me just start by saying -- Dawn is the best, period. I've followed her work online for many years and was thrilled when she asked to collaborate on her wedding dress. She is my ideal bride! We pieced together two of my existing dress styles (Elsie & Lucille) then tweaked it to Dawn's preference. Doesn't it look just darling? Best wishes to this sweet couple!

You can see more of her wedding day here. Photos by Sayher Heffernan.


Sample Sale!

Major sample sale happening now in my bridal store! I'm moving away from selling standard sizes and into custom measurements -- so everything in the online shop is 75-80% off! Includes all wedding and party dresses!