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.
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!