Wore My All Seasons (turn, turn, turn)…

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I am excited to be a part of the Sew into Spring Blog Tour with Pickle Toes Patterns, which is happening from April 16-20, 2018!! Please make sure to enter the GIVEAWAY (the link is at the bottom of this blog entry).

I don’t know about you, but I love multifunctional things. I love to save time, money, and energy every way that I can. Pickle Toes Patterns (https://bit.ly/2qfY2Pj) has been enabling my habit but making fabulous multi-option patterns, and their latest hit is the All Seasons Top, Tunic, and Dress (Click here). The name also got me singing the classic The Byrds song, “To everything turn! Turn! Turn! There is a season, turn! Turn! Turn…”

This pattern has 3 very distinctive lengths, 6 sleeve lengths, and 2 neckband options. I love that I can make a comfortable and flirty top:

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Or a easy, breezy tunic or dress:

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And there are multiple neckline options and sleeve options as well. There are 6 total sleeve options included this pattern: Sleeveless, Cap, Short, Elbow, 3/4, or Long Sleeve. I chose to keep it short with my sews because down here, it is already in the upper 80’s in the springtime. I will sew up the cap soon, and the elbow, 3/4, and long sleeved versions as the seasons change around here, I am sure!

There is also a v-neck option, which is amazing! I love not having to buy 3-4 patterns when one purchase will do from summer to winter!

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You, too, can pick up a copy of this awesome pdf pattern at https://bit.ly/2qEXmDc, and grab around 2 yards of your favorite knit fabric with at least 30% stretch. I used amazing double brushed poly from The Fab Clique (https://www.thefabclique.com) and Mily Mae Fabrics (https://bit.ly/2Ju3IxH) for these 3 looks. Our sponsor for the Sew Into Spring Blog Tour is Seweird Fabrics (www.seweird.com), and I love their high quality, low priced offerings. I have used their fabrics in a number of my other blog posts, such as https://jotdesignsusa.com/2018/02/07/flirting-with-fashion/ and at least two other blog posts here in my newish blog. Make sure to show them lots of love, and you can find great specials if you join their Facebook groups.

Welcome to Sew into Spring with Pickle Toes Patterns. Join us for 5 days of sewing our patterns as we prep for the transition from winter to spring. We were lucky enough to have 10 bloggers join us sewing up lovely creations and to have Evelyn at Seweird Fabric sponsor our bloggers and offer us a store credit for one of our lovely readers. You can find Evelyn on Facebook here. At the end of the tour join us for a rafflecopter giveaway featuring a $20 credit from Seweird and a $20 shop credit from us.

Monday

Welcome from Pickle Toes Patterns ****You are here

Liza Azman Miinomastudio, Night Night Gown

Tuesday

Brittni Harris PBJ* Boutique, Pickled Tink

Chelsea Newey Momma Newey’s Makes, Pickled Tink and All Seasons Top and Dress

Wednesday

Kathy Bruckman Kathy’s Kwilts and more, Capsule Wardrobe

Thursday

Kelly Keith Kelly’s Sewing Creations, Spring Mini Capsule

Jessica Cotriss Jot Designs, All Seasons Top and Dress

Nadine Lazy Days Shorts

Friday

Laurie Roberts Make It Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier, GiGi’s Bowtiful Top with Skirt Add On

Becca Olsen, Turtle Trax Too, All Seasons Top and Dress

Tee Bee, Fairytale B&T, Safari Tank

As a thank you for joining us for our Sew into Spring with PTP, make sure to enter the Giveaway

***a Rafflecopter giveaway***

Guess What? It’s Gonna Be May (Blog Tour with PS&Co)

I loved being chosen to be a part of the It’s Gonna Be May Blog Tour by Petite Stitchery and Company (Click here for PS&CO) along with such talent sewists!! This blog tour was sponsored by Southern Belle Fabrics (Click here for Southern Belle Fabrics), who have not only the most AMAZING fabrics, but they have killer sales, so join their Facebook group today!! There is a GIVEAWAY towards the end of the post as well!!

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I started off this Blog Tour singing a little JT/NSync in my head, and then I had the HARDEST time deciding what to sew up. The Petite Stitchery and Company have SO many awesome offerings, that I was just so unsure how to narrow my choices down…. Sew, I decided to make a mini spring capsule from just 2 patterns: the Women’s Fusion Leggings and the Women’s Runway Raglan. Being plus-sized, I LOVED that their size range goes from XS-3XL. I also LOVED the versatility in each of the patterns. I decided that I needed to make myself outfits that range from work to play, all while being super comfortable and sew fashionable.

I made the Fusion Leggings in Southern Belle’s Extreme Stretch Denim in black (https://bit.ly/2HYwwxX), and I also used their Leanne Floral in black (double brushed poly. https://bit.ly/2JlaF3p) for my business casual Runway Raglan look.
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I used Southern Belle’s faux lace to make this Runway Raglan and teal DBP for an accent color, making this my go-to 3/4 sleeve top for running errands, being comfy at home, or even running out for quick date night. I LOVE multipurpose patterns and clothes!! The Women’s Runway Raglan comes in 4 sleeve lengths and 3 bodice lengths. It’s Amazing!

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And what’s life without a little whimsy?? I sewed up a variation of the Runway Raglan with a custom panel, and I paired it with the Fusion Leggings in the Extreme Stretch Denim to highlight this pair’s versatility. I am ready for my next movie break, shopping, or to sit down and mend a few socks in my gorgeous new outfit.

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As you can see, with just a few yards of fabric, you, too could have many different outfit combinations if you run and get a copy of a pdf pattern or 2 like I did with the Women’s Fusion Leggings and the Women’s Runway Raglan from Petite Stitchery and Company (Click here for PS&CO)

AND…There’s a GIVEAWAY!!! Please enter to win a $50 shop credit at Souther Belle Fabrics by clicking the link below
http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/c04b4e2f1/

Don’t forget to visit the other stops on the  It’s Gonna Be May Blog Tour by Petite Stitchery and Company, sponsored by Southern Belle Fabrics!
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April 22nd:

Sewjourns

Kathy’s Kwilts

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Diskordia’s Curvy Sewing

Sewing Adventures in the Attick

Sewing Southern Belle

April 23rd:

Margarita on the Ross

Our Play Palace

The Scatty Sewer

Rebel and Malice

My Heart Will Sew On

Sewing With D

April 24th:

Sea of Estrogen

Seams Like Style

That’s Sew Amy

Mahlica Designs

Leslie J’s Sewing Shack

Miss Marah Sewn

April 25th:

Liviality

Lime Leaves

My Sewing Roots

Tales From a Southern Mom

Jot Designs USA

Seams Sew Lo

The Needle and The Belle

April 26th:

Candi Couture Designs

Momma Sew Savvy

Blooming Skies

Stitched By Jennie

House of Estrela

Sewing Ambi

These Jeans are the Real Deal, and So is This Outer Banks Boatneck Top

I am lucky to count myself as a part of the Just Jeans Blog Tour by Winter Wear Designs (https://bit.ly/2F2mqJG), along with other very talented sewists.

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If you are needing the perfect pair of jeans, capris, shorts, or a jean skirt, look no further than Winter Wear Designs. The designs are flawless, and the tutorial for the pdf patterns are sew easy to follow! If you ever had a fear of setting a zipper, you NEED a copy of their Real Deal Jeans for Women in sizes 00-24 (https://bit.ly/2JZeTPs) or their Staple Skirt for Women in sizes 00-24 (https://bit.ly/2qY0OZS). Being a plus-sized woman, I LOVE being able to find patterns that fit me that are reasonably priced and offer options within each pattern! The best part about their Real Deal Jeans is that not only is it available with many lengths, is versatile and flattering, BUT it is on sale for ONLY $5!! I felt that I couldn’t afford to Not pick up a copy of this pdf pattern.

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I decided to sew up capris and paired it with Winter Wear Design’s new Outer Banks Boatneck (https://bit.ly/2EYuriB), as the temperature is already rising, as we inch ever-closer to summer. They fit me like $100 capris from famous makers in the mall. No. Strike that. They fit me Better then those high end capris because I was able to tailor them to my exact measurements. And don’t worry about jeans taking too long or being too difficult! The tutorial and I made these capris in only 3 hours; complete with a button, buttonhole, zipper, fly shield, topstitching, and faced waistband! And you can, too!! Isn’t it the best feeling in the world when you pull on your favorite and flattering pair of jeans, capris, or shorts?

And how about jean skirts? I loved Winter Wear Designs Staple Skirt, which sewed up as easily as the Real Deal Jeans! It is Super cute, and versatile for the transition months, and even into summer! I paired it with the Outer Banks Boatneck and the reversible La Croix. It really does go with nearly every occasion!

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Head on over to Winter Wear Designs (https://bit.ly/2F2mqJG) to take advantage of the sale and create a mini capsule like I did with the BEST fitting and looking jeans that you’ve ever owned! And don’t forget to visit the other stops of the Just Jeans Blog Tour to check out what they sewed up!! It’s bound to be an inspirational journey!!

#Just Jeans #stitchmyfix #wearwhatyousew #reSEWlution

Don’t miss any stops on the Just Jeans Blog Tour
Monday 4/23
Tuesday 4/24
Wednesday 4/25
Thursday 4/26
Friday 4/27
Lisa Dawson for Winter Wear Design

Beri Bee Designs

Friday 4/27
Lisa Dawson for Winter Wear Design

 

Your Baby Always Looked Good In Blue

I am honored to be a part of the Simply By Ti Gifts Blog Tour with many other talented sewists. The theme of this blog tour was gift that can be made.

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This was an unseasonably long winter, and perhaps this is one of many reasons why I am so fortunate to be invited to so many baby showers for late summer babies. heeheehee

One of my friends had a gender reveal last week, so I Knew that she was expecting a son, but this outfit is cute and chic enough for either sex, due largely in part to the awesome cotton lycra options that are available at SimplyByTi.com. I used cobalt and black solids to create the cutest little top and beanie to keep her 3 month old warm in the late fall of this year.

I Loved having a reason to sew up a beanie with little ears! I had forgotten just how tiny infant clothes were. It felt like I put my presser foot down, and made 2 stitches, and the seam was done. I can’t wait for pics this coming late-fall/early winter!

This adorable pattern came from Patterns for Pirates, and the amazing and great quality Cotton Lycra fabric came from Simply By Ti.

Now, I just have to figure out what I am making for the other 4 baby showers in the next couple of months. LOL

Any suggestions?

 

Please visit all of the stops in the Gifts to Sew Blog Tour, hosted by Simply By Ti

Sunday, April 22nd: Sewing By Ti (intro), With Love In Every Stitch, Sewing With D

23rd: Stitched By Jennie, Tales from a Southern Mom, Aurora Design Fabrics

24th: Sewjourns, Big Fly Notions, Sewing Blue, JOT Designs USA

25th: Sewing By Ti, Auschick Sews, Hazelnut Handmade

26th: Sewing With D, EYMM, Middle River Studio, Aurora Design Fabrics

27th: Our Play Palace, My Sewing Roots, Make it Sew with the Bear and Pea, Seams Sew Lo

Winter Wear Designs Top It Off Blog Tour Presents: the La Croix Cross-Back Top

I was lucky enough to be able to sew up Winter Wear Designs’ La Croix Cross-Back Top for Ladies (https://goo.gl/3So42k) for their Top It Off Blog Tour, which is sponsored by the always amazing Simply By Ti fabric shop (https://goo.gl/w11eez), and will be popping up on a blog near you March 26-30, 2018! Stop by Winter Wear Designs page for more information on how you can enter to win a $20 store credit to Simply By Ti, or a pattern or 2 from Winter Wear Designs!!
***DURING THE BLOG TOUR, the LA CROIX will be ONLY $6 at https://goo.gl/3So42k***

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I was SUPER excited about trying out this top that is available for knit fabrics in sizes XXS-XXXL. It has so many variations when sewing it, including my absolute favorite: The Reversible La Croix (and for those that aren’t used to pronouncing this, it is like saying “lah kwah”).

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I loved that although the back dipped down, it was still high enough to cover my unmentionables, and it didn’t gape in the front. It is SO hard for me to find a good cross front top that allows me to just live in it, without always having to worry about gaping and accidentally exposing more than I meant to.

When sewing up this pattern, everything was straightforward and went quickly. Even the 60″ of neckband wasn’t a painful install…and wasn’t as long as the year that it takes to hem a maxi dress hemline. Hahaha

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This pattern takes 1.5-2.5 yards of knit fabric, and there are options to use contrasting fabric, which is always fun, as well as the option whether or not to have it be a tank or sleeved top. I live where the sun is always shining, and the a/c is always on, so I chose a lovely short sleeve option, but I will totally be sewing up a 3/4 sleeve and long sleeve version of this in the coming months for wintertime.

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I chose a French Terry and a DTY knit from Mily Mae Fabrics (https://goo.gl/Rf97sm) for this look because I felt like the faux leather look of this french terry was rather fierce, and the pattern of the print on the DTY really spoke to me. I was not disappointed when I was done! And they are SO comfortable!!

What are you waiting for??? GO and grab your copy of this amazing pdf pattern from Winter Wear Designs while it is still on sale for $6!! https://goo.gl/3So42k

I paired the black faux leather-look French Terry La Croix with WWD’s newest amazing pattern: the denim Staple Skirt! Stay tuned for that review shortly.

Check out all the Stops on the Blog Tour:

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Jessica of Jot Designs USA
3/27
3/28
Ilse of Sew Sew Ilse
Patricia of Sew Far North
3/29
Livia of Liviality
Mari of MNW Sews
3/30
Lisa Dawson guest posting at Winter Wear Designs

 

#LaCroix #WWD #WinterWearDesigns #TopItOff #TopItOffBlogTour #stitchmyfix #wearwhatyousew #reSEWlutions

In the Boardwalk, We’ll Be Having Some Fun…

Testing for Little Kiwis Closet (https://goo.gl/EFuiNZ) for the first time was fun and exciting. They allowed me to test their Women’s Boardwalk Dress (https://goo.gl/nNaKUs), which comes in sizes XS-5XL. It is an adorable pdf dress pattern from a talented Kiwi (New Zealander) designer that comes with 19 options….that was Not a typo…19 options!! For the bodice front, you can choose from a princess paneled front, a plain front, or a cap sleeve. For the back of the bodice, you can choose plain, low, racer, or open back. For the skirt, you are given the options of paneled, 1/2 circle, 3/4 circle, full circle, or hi-low skirt with or without lining, circle waist, or gathered waist, mini, knee, maxi, or curved skirt. Talk about more bang for your buck!!

I chose to make 2 versions of the dress. My first sew was of a paneled front bodice, which a plain back and a 1/2 circle skirt in double brushed poly (DBP) from Knitpop (https://goo.gl/U1SVfT).

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I loved the movement of this dress. Pockets would have been lovely, but with the construction of a 1/2 circle skirt, pockets are not easily made possible (with the paneled skirt, it’s a whole different story!). The bodice fit incredibly well without me having to do any alterations on my 1XL dress pattern.

My second dress was a plain front, racer back, and maxi skirt option. This time, I used double brushed poly from Seweird.com.

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It is one of the most comfortable maxi dresses that I have ever made. even the “plain front” was a great fit, as was the overall size of the racer back. If I make another, I will widen the intersection point of the racer back by an inch. It did not allow a racer-back undergarment to be worn and not be seen with these dimensions in the size 1X, but that is a super easy fix.

I love these looks, just in time for the beautiful spring days, as well as the dog days of summer down south!

I recommend getting this amazing pattern by Little Kiwis Closet!! With 19 options, the fashion possibilities are ENDLESS!! (Well, actually, it’s 1.22 x 10^17, but who’s counting?!?!? Hahahaha). There is one side note: with 19 options, it is an 80+ page pattern…you need to make sure that you read the tutorial first and jot down the pages that you need to print.  The skirt pages might be a little overwhelming-looking, but they are well-marked, and soon, you will see Just how easy it is to assemble and cut it.  (Buy it!! You won’t regret it the next time that you need to whip up a dress!! https://goo.gl/U1SVfT)

The Dreaded Twin Needle (duh duh duuuuhn)

Really, the twin needle is your best ally for sewing up knits on a traditional sewing machine! Don’t be afraid! There are a few things that I can show you to help you on your way to twin-needle rockstar status… Here is a link to a video where I explain different kinds of twin needles, how to thread up your sewing machine for twin needle sewing, a bit of troubleshooting advice, and lastly, comparing and contrasting with a coverstitch machine.
I realized that although I had said in my head that the numbers for the twin needle sizes (eg- 2.5, 4.0, 6.0, etc) are the distances in mm between the needles, those words never actually were said in my actual tutorial. Oops!
I had the honor of sharing this snippet of advice on Facebook’s Sly Fox Fabrics Sew Along group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/SlyFoxFabricsSAL/), so please give them some love! They have great fabrics and great sew alongs!!

#twinneedletutorial #theSpaceInBetween #KnitSewingHero #Twinning #TwinNeedleNinja #NotTwinemies

PS&Co’s Maya Skirt Has Me Sacrificing My Favorite Fabric For Fabulousness

Petite Stitchery and Company (goo.gl/4e4EWj) has done it again! They have released 3 new and amazing pdf patterns to their catalog, and I just Had to sew up their boho-inspired gathered Maya Skirt! Not only is this pattern available in size XS-3XL, but it also goes SO well with so many tops (including their new Juliet top/bodysuit)!

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The Maya Skirt comes in 3 different options for length: Mini, knee, and maxi. There are 2 waistband options: a flat waistband or a gathered waistband for more comfort and drama, and the placement of the seams can be changed up, too. Even better: The Maya Skirt has POCKETS!!! I love pockets so much!

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So, do yourself a solid and get this pdf pattern now! It even comes with a paperless option to save trees! (The dimensions are given in the tutorial for you to be able to construct this pattern without printing out the pattern first).

The only challenges that I faced with this pattern (if you can call them that) are that I had to go a size smaller after my muslin/toile was too large on me. But, I was sewing up the Maya in double brushed poly (DBP, my fave), which changes negative ease to every project. I used Knitpop Fabrics (https://goo.gl/U1SVfT) in both of my looks, and they feel SO divine!!! I could Sleep in these skirts! I added clear elastic to the waistbands to allow for the stretch and the gathered skirt to cling to the waistband, but that’s the only change that I made for my third Maya skirt. The pattern is easy and clear to understand and follow, and I have some Very comfortable and beautiful skirts to add to my closet in a Very short amount of time!

My New Whataburger Jeans

When I started sewing up my Itch To Stitch Mountain View Pull on Jeans (https://goo.gl/3dNThz), I loved how well the pdf pattern taped together, and the lines that were painstakingly and professionally drafted from the very talented designer of Itch To Stitch design house.

These jeans were unlike any other pull on pant or jean that I had ever made or even tried on (RTW). They were like a yoga pant had a baby with a pair of your favorite jeans. Everything stayed in place so nicely and these looked like any pair of jeans that you would find in any high-end department store. They didn’t have a scrunchy elastic waistband. Instead, it’s a smooth extension of the pants that curves up and is tall and flat against the body, much as a yoga pants waistband.

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It was during one of the steps that the pattern called for back pocket designs topstitched into the pockets. Since my embroidery machine is in a different city from where I am now, I painstaking drew what I thought would be a classy and Wonder Woman inspired pocket design. I finished them, and was proud of my work….and I attached them to the pants. I then wore them for the day, and when my family came home, my sister said, “Nice Whataburger pants!” I hadn’t realized that I had subliminally sewed up the logo of my favorite burger place in the pocket designs that you will see below. I will attach a screenshot of the Whataburger.com logo.

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So, my new favorite jeans have teamed up with my favorite fast food burger place to bring my a laugh every time that I put them on.
But seriously, if you are in a place with a Whataburger, try them! They are SO much better than the other burger drive-thrus.
And above all, you NEEEEEED Itch To Stitch’s (https://goo.gl/Gq38mw) newest addition: The Mountain View Pull-On Jeans pattern, available in Sizes 0-22.
I used Sly Fox Fabrics’ (https://slyfoxfabrics.com, and they are offering a 25% off special for your first order!!) Stretch Denim to make these AMAZING Whataburger pants

#ITS #Whataburger #MtViewPullOnJeans #JeansPattern #NewFave
#SFF #SlyFoxFabrics

BSD Eden Leggings are Truly Heavenly

Bella Sunshine Designs (https://goo.gl/1hS8kh) just celebrated their 3rd anniversary by releasing new patterns, having a great sale, and releasing the Eden Leggings pdf pattern for free! (Please join their group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/BellaSunshinePDFLove/ to get the promo code that makes these leggings free at https://goo.gl/1hS8kh).
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With the Eden Leggings, you can dress them up as I did with Mily Mae Fabrics’ flocked double brushed poly (https://milymaefabricshop.com/collections/poly-blends/products/vivian), or down, while you get in a quick workout or lounge about in comfort and style.
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Here, I used Mily Mae Fabrics’ athletic knits in Zen black (https://milymaefabricshop.com/collections/athletic-knit/products/black-zen) and pro-matte bright pink (https://milymaefabricshop.com/collections/athletic-knit/products/pro-matte-bright-pink).

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I used Knitpop.com Jessica fabric for the olive DBP pair (because the fabric’s name was so me! Hahaha), and the Seweird.com for their green damask DBP fabric.

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The Eden leggings can even be done in a capri size, and are available with 3 different rises: Midrise, High Rise, and Super High Rise. I used midrise for most of these leggings, except for the first 2 black pairs (the flocked DBP and the workout pair), in which I used the high rise.

The Eden’s pdf pattern comes layered in sizes 0-30, in 3 rises, 2 lengths, and in A0, paper, and A4 size formats. There is also a matching girls’ Eden pattern!!

Join BSD’s facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/BellaSunshinePDFLove/) for the coupon code which makes these free, and to keep up with all of the latest pattern release info, coupons, and specials!

Also, don’t forget to shop the anniversary sale, where existing patterns are available at a 30% discount until March 11th at https://goo.gl/1hS8kh! (excludes new releases)

#BSDEden #bellasunshinedesigns #MilyMaeFabrics #MilyMaeAllDay #MilyMaeMade #Seweird #Knitpop