Friday, February 28, 2014

Lesley Poole and the Littles!

Hello there, I’m Lesley Poole from Poole Party of 5 .  This summer I attended Alt SF  and was extremely excited when I found out that Michael Miller Fabrics would be one of the sponsors for the event.  I originally found out about Michael Miller Fabrics from my favorite fabric boutique in Seattle, Drygoods Design where the owner, Keli, turned me onto the Mini Mikes collection.  The Etsy line that I sew incorporates modern fabrics that I then appliqué onto classic silhouettes for custom gift giving.  I have found that it can be difficult to find fabrics with patterns that have small enough repeats for my appliquéwork.  And, as it turns out, many of the fabrics I go back to again and again are from Michael Miller.  While I was at Alt, I made it a priority to meet the Michael Miller team and share with them how much I love to use their smaller patterns for the appliqué and embellishment sewing I do for Poole Party Designs.

The MM team recently contacted me to tell me about a brand new collection about to be launched that was designed with my type of work in mind.  It incorporates the small repeats I am always looking for, as well as multi-directional patterns, which can help to maximize fabric usage.  When I received a package of this new collection, The Littles (designed by Shawn Wallace of MMF), I just about swooned!  There were so many fun and whimsical prints to choose from.  I immediately set to work on some fresh new appliqués to test out the versatility of this line. 
*pictured above ~ Little Whales, Clown Stripe, Little Sailboats

*pictured above ~ Hospital Gown, Clown Stripe, Little Sailboats

*pictured above ~ Ta Dot, Hospital Gown

The “little sailboats”, “little whales” and “clown stripe” worked so well for the baby onesies and burp cloths.
*pictured above ~ Which Way Stripe
And I love the “which way stripe” and “hospital gown” geometrics in the kid shirts. You’ll definitely be seeing these items show up on Poole Party Designs soon!
Stay tuned- I'll be back with Part Two of the Littles very soon!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Get Snuggly with...

Is it over? Or, will we have more snow?? We've had quite a winter all across the US. It's been cold, bitter and white... and we might be in for one more wintery blast so why not stay inside and get comfy with Cozy?

*The cozy pj pants pictured above were created using Libby in Citron and McCall's Pattern M6194

Cozy would also make a great robe that can be used year round and it would make a really cute gift! Stitch it up (along with some soft, fluffy slippers) and then wrap it up for your favorite little one!


Cozy is available in several patterns and solid colors.


Are you more interested in getting cozy with flannel? Well, we have that too!
Create the look above with Dog Dang It in Aqua and any children's pajama pattern. We used McCall's 6458

Stay warm and have a great weekend!


Friday, February 14, 2014

Treat Yourself... something silky smooth!

Wrap yourself in a silky robe, have some breakfast, read the paper, enjoy the sunlight on a Saturday morning... or, try to peek out of the window above the huge snow drift that has formed from all of the snow this winter ;)

To re-create the look above, you'll need Tiny Guitar Picks in Gray, Solid Gray Poly Satin and the Kimono Robe pattern which is available here


Our new satin is available in several colors and patterns...

We thought that the Mod Swirls would make a cute pair of pj shorts with a matching tank top. If you'd like to sew the look below you'll need Mod Swirls in Peach and Solid Satin in Orchid. We used McCall's pattern M6848.

Have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you next week when I'll blog about more cuddly, comfort fabrics...


Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Wee Wander Dress!

Sarah Jane has released her first dress pattern of the season! This dress was a collaboration with apparel designer, Nemiha Studebaker. It features Summer Night Lights and With the Birds. Why not get a head start on your spring sewing!?
This adorable dress pattern is available as a FREE PDF on Sarah Jane's Blog- Just click here.
Happy sewing!
P.S. How cute is Sarah Jane's daughter?! Gotta love her :)


Friday, February 7, 2014

Sarah Jane :: Wee Wander

Sarah Jane's Wee Wander is in stores now! 
It's classic Sarah Jane with a lovely, story book charm reminiscent of childhood wanderings.

 We are very excited to share some of the projects that are a part of Sarah's Wee Wander Blog Tour! Let's start with this adorable Wee Wander Firefly Border Quilt
*Designed by Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter


The next project that Sarah shared on her blog tour is a twin quilt designed by Emily Carr of Simple Girl, Simple Life
Click here for the tutorial.

To find out more about these quilts and the Wee Wander collection, head over to Sarah Jane Studios!


 If you'd like a list of stores that carry Wee Wander, Sarah Jane has provided one on her website. Just click here.

And stay tuned for more fun projects and tutorials!