McCall’s 6310 – Stitch by Stitch – Peyton’s “Shamu Dress”

If you’ve been around my channel for very long then you probably now that my oldest, Peyton, is OBSESSED with Shamu and all things orca related!  So when we found this adorable orca whale fabric at JoAnns she insisted I make her something from it.  I went through my HUGE pattern stash (you can see all of my patterns HERE!) and found McCall’s 6310.  I love how the bodice and neckband form a shape that resembles a whale tail.  This is the perfect pattern for this fabric!

The dress turned out exactly how I pictured and Peyton loves it!

For this week’s tutorial I’m showing step-by-step how I made Peyton’s Shamu dress using McCall’s 6310.  You can find that video HERE!

The smallest size on this pattern is a size 4 (about an inch larger than Peyton’s measurements), but I didn’t want to make any adjustments to the pattern sizing since it was my first time making it.  So after I finished the dress I folded a pleat in the back center under the loop and sewed a few hand stitches to keep it in place until Peyton gets bigger.

Let me know if you like videos like this and want to see more in the future.  Until next time, Happy Sewing!


100,000 Subscriber Giveaway Sneak Peek!

On youTube 100,000 subscribers in a huge milestone to reach.  My channel is getting really close to reaching that 100,000 subscriber mark and I’m so excited about it!  I will be hosting the biggest giveaway I’ve ever hosted to thank each and every one of you for your views and support over the years!  Today I wanted to share a sneak peek of some of the items that will be in the giveaway, as well as a few other items Arteza sent me.

Arteza was so kind to send over a few items for my giveaway and I can not wait to share them with you all!

Check out everything Arteza sent over HERE!

You can find more details about all the items mentioned in the links below.  The links are affiliate links so I do earn a small percentage if you purchase one of the items through my link.  This helps to financially support future Whitney Sews tutorials –


Set of 4 Square Rulers

6 x 12 inch Ruler

Fabric Markers

Face Paint

Hair Chalk Pens

I’ll have a brand new sewing tutorial up tomorrow!  Until then, Happy Sewing!



Vintage vs. Reprint

If you use sewing patterns at all I’m sure you’ve noticed that vintage reproduction patterns are wildly popular!  They allow modern sewers to create vintage inspired looks with ease and convenience.  No worrying about trying to track down a single size vintage pattern that is all in tact and in good condition.  You can just run down to your local fabric store, pick up a pattern (hopefully on sale!) and start right in.   Butterick, McCalls, Simplicity, and Vogue have joined the fun and are offering fantastic pattern options.

I recently shared my sewing pattern collection HERE, showing off all 308 patterns in my stash ranging from the 1920s to 2018!  One really fantastic part of my stash are the patterns I own in reproduction AND the original printing!

This is the first vintage and new set I acquired.  I picked up the reprint of Simplicity 3544 about 8 years ago when I first started collecting retro patterns.  A couple of years later I purchased a bag of patterns at a thrift store and the vintage version of the pattern was inside.  I didn’t realize at first that it was the same design.  Once I noticed I was so excited that I had found one of the original copies just by chance.

I purchased several of those pattern grab bags at various thrift stores over the years.  Inside one of the bags was this 1950s blouse, jacket, and skirt pattern.  I feel in love with the smart style and it was in my size(!!!), but too fragile to actually work with.  Just this week I went to Hobby Lobby to take advantage of their $.99 Simplicity pattern sale (I needed a different size in one of my patterns).  While there I flipped through the vintage reprint section of the catalog and saw pattern 8462!  It is one of their newly released patterns and a reprint of my beloved vintage original!

I’m not actually certain when I picked up this vintage bathing suit pattern.  It was possibly when a local fabric store was moving.  The store had several boxes of old patterns that had been given to them and they were giving them away for free to any one who was interested.  Of course I was interested!  My mom and I sat on the floor in the back room of the store and went through box after box of patterns.  Interestingly enough that is the same store that is going out of business this week that I have been getting so many amazing deals at!  I had forgotten all about this pattern until I was working on my pattern collection video.  I have wanted to make a vintage style swimsuit for years, but never found a pattern I loved.  Well, I love this one, but it’s too small.  I was trying to work out how I could easily alter it to fit my size and the next day is when I went to Hobby Lobby.  And wouldn’t you know, right there in the catalog was Simplicity 8139, a reprint of that same swimsuit pattern!  Now I can make that fabulous swimsuit, in my size, without having to worry about damaging the original copy or drastically altering it to fit my waist and hips!

I absolutely love this part of my pattern collection and hope to acquire more vintage and modern sets in the future!

Which of these sets is your favorite??  Do you have any of your own?  If so I would love to hear about them!

Until next time, Happy Sewing!


My Sewing Pattern Collection

I own a LOT of sewing patterns! I haven’t actually used very many of them (it’s a goal to start using more!) but they are so lovely and inspiring, especially the vintage and vintage reprints.  I thought it would be fun to dig out all my patterns and make a video showing EVERY single one of them!  This way you all can see them and I can easily reference it as well.

I had such a lovely time going through my stash and discovering some patterns I had forgotten about.  I hope you enjoy seeing my entire collections HERE!  A pair of little shears in the lower left corner of the screen notes that I have used that pattern.

I also posted a bonus video today answering some of the frequently asked questions about my sewing pattern stash.  I go over how my oldest, favorite, first used, and more!  You can see all my answers to your questions HERE!

I hope you enjoyed getting a glimpse at my patterns and what actually hides behind the “curtain” in all my videos 😉

Until next time, Happy Sewing!



EASY DIY Camera Strap

This week I have a fun, super easy project to share!  My hubby Jeremiah wanted a new camera strap that was long enough to wear crossbody with a Star Wars theme so we whipped one up and he loves it!

We used THIS ribbon for the Star Wars part, but you can select any ribbon that suits your tastes.

Check out the full video HERE to see how the strap was made!

What kind of ribbon would you use??  Until next time, Happy Sewing!


Friendship Star Block | Sampler Sew Along

It’s time for the second block tutorial in the Whitney Sews Sampler Sew Along!  Haven’t heard about it yet?!?  Each month I’ll be sharing a step by step tutorial to make a traditional quilt block as well as how to sew the blocks together to create a sampler style quilt that finishes in a great lap quilt/baby quilt size.

This week I’m sharing a tutorial for the Friendship Star Block. A lot of historical blocks are based on start designs and the Friendship Star is one of easiest.

I share the step-by-step instructions from cutting to sewing this block in the video HERE!

Don’t forget to share a pic of your finished block with #SamplerSewAlong so we all see it!

If you want more details on the supplies I use in my videos, you can find them all HERE!  I set up an Amazon storefront so all my most used items are in one place and if you use my link to purchase anything I get a small percentage for referring you and that goes to help create more quality content like this video tutorial.

Until next time, Happy Sewing!


Serger Saturday – Setting Up a Serger

A few weeks ago I FINALLY got myself a new serger to replace the one that broke last year!  You can watch the serger unboxing HERE.  Even though I’ve owned a serger before it was a second hand one that I didn’t really know how to use other than basic finishings.  So as I’m learning how to use my new one I want to share that info with you all!

This week I wanted to share how I got my serger set up, threaded and ready to use.  Check out the video showing all that HERE!

BTW I have already used my serger to make one project!  I made a fully finished Jedi costume.  I’m pretty sure it’s the most professionally finished garment I’ve ever made!

I’ll have another video in the future with more details about the costume.

What kinds of things do you want to learn about using a serger?  Let me know in the comments 🙂  Until next time, Happy Sewing and Serging!


Patchwork Pillow Sham DIY

This week I wanted to share a fun upcycling project.  I have been making a lot of pillow shams lately using upcycled materials and wanted to share the process with you all.  Since I was without a serger for about a year I came up with a way to make these shams fully finished inside and out so they are very durable and completely washable.

My go to pillow size is 18 inches because that is a very common throw pillow size.  My shams finish a little smaller so that once the pillow is inside it will look more full and fluffy.

To make the pillow sham you will need 8 squares measuring 6.5 x 6.5 inches and 2 rectangles measuring 6.5 x 3.5 inches.  I interfaced all of my patchwork pieces because they were from thin cotton shirts, but that step is totally optional.  (I use this interfacing HERE and yes, I buy a bolt at a time because I use it for everything from memory bears to t-shirt quilts and so much more.)  You will also need a piece for the lining measuring approximately 19 x 19 inches and 2 pieces for the backing measuring approximately 19 x 13 inches.  If you don’t want to use as much fabric you can skip the lining.

Anyway, enough chit chat, check out the step-by-step pillow sham tutorial HERE!

I hope you liked this tutorial!  I love making pillow shams so much.  If you want to see more of the shams I make check out my Whitney Sews Memories page.

Until next time, Happy Sewing!



DIYs We Use Weekly or Monthly at Our House

A few weeks ago I shared a post where I talked a little bit about the large number of DIY tutorials I’ve shared on my channel.  With over 700 videos on my channel it makes sense that people want to know what I do with all those projects.  The truth is that I sold some, gave some away, threw a few away…but a lot of them I still use!  You can see what DIYs I use EVERY SINGLE DAY in this video.  Many of you wanted to know about the other DIYs that we don’t use every single day, but still use on a weekly or monthly basis.

Click HERE to find out what handmade items we use at our house each week or monthly.

Were there any tutorials on the list that you haven’t watched yet?!?  You can find all of them in a playlist right HERE!

Want to see my favorite sewing supplies and other items I use on a regular basis?!?  You can find them HERE!

What DIY items do you use regularly? Also, what are your favorite sewing supplies? I would love to know!

Until next time, Happy Sewing!


A New Serger…FINALLY!

This week I have an exciting unboxing to share!  I finally got a new serger to replace the one that broke last year!  I finally decided on THIS Juki serger and I can not wait to start using it.

Check out the entire unboxing HERE!

I hope you all are looking forward to some serging tutorials!  Until next time, Happy Sewing!