Auction time over at mooandflo on Facebook

ImageA once in a blue moon sale of goodies over at mooandflo – things starting from 50c (NZ)

Kids’ clothes from $3

Kids’ slip-on shoes from $5

Bags from $8

Jewellery under $10

Wallets from $3

Cuddly toys from $4

Go see!  

Better still, GO BID 🙂

https://www.facebook.com/MooAndFlo

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Cute Colourful Dresses

It’s been another good sewing week, and my favourite pieces are these bright and colourful frocks I’ve made.

It’s a no-brainer that I’d fall in love with the giraffe frock, since I have a rather sizeable giraffe obsession, but even accounting for that, you have to admit this fabric is just divine.  I’d like to thank my gorgeous friend Alice for gifting it to me – she is just the best.

Happy Giraffes Dress

The rangoli dress is made from a panel I found in a sale and just couldn’t resist.  I just adore it, not least of all because of the sassy strip down the back.  Wouldn’t that bring a bit of oomph to the cold winter months?

Rangoli Dress (front and back)

If you want to one of these dresses, or want to peek at my other creations, just pop over to mooandflo’s online shop.

Thank you, happy stitching,  Dianne

Cat in the Hat goes into Space!

I’ve been nose down at Doris and Dotty ( the overlocker and sewing machine, for those of you not in the know) and have whipped up heaps of new trousers this week.

I’ve got pocket ones, frilly ones and even shark ones, but my faves at the moment are the rocket pants…

Cat in teh Hat Rocekt Trousers by mooandflo

There you go, that’s a small sneaky peek of what I’ve been up to.  If you fancy buying them, go to the shop – or just tell your friends about the fun things here at mooandflo!

Thank you, Dianne

Winter is Fancy Pants Time

The cold weather is slowly sneaking up on us here in New Zealand, and whilst a few hardy folk will steel themselves and wear jandals right through to next summer, for most of us the dark nights herald thermal vests, warm cardigans and long trousers.

This is good news for mooandflo, because I love making exciting trousers, fancy pants, and loony longs!  There’s nothing better than sewing fun pockets  or kooky frills onto a seemingly normal pair of denims or cords, transforming them into something that raises a smile and brings a bit of yippeeee into our lives.

With this in mind, I’ve embarked on a range of fun Carnival Pants with lovely flounces and frills around the bottom, invoking a bit of Brazil, a warmer climate, and a whole lot of dancing and fun.

carnival pants with antique rose frill

carnival pants with antique rose frill

carnival pants red and green frill by mooandflo

carnival pants with minty apple frill

carnival pants with sassy striped frill

carnival pants with sassy striped frill

carnival pants with strawberry  frill

carnival pants with strawberry frill

This is just a little sample of the trousers that will be coming up, so keep popping back and what on earth I’ll come up with next!

Until then, Ay Carumba!

Dianne (flo) – mooandflo

Some Super Size 3 Dresses

I finally had time to make some new stuff this week and treated myself to making some girls’ dresses in really lovely fabrics.  I made size 3s since there have been a fair few requests for that size lately, but there will have to be some 2s and 4s made soon otherwise there’ll be an insurrection.

Anyway here they are, the new frocks.  I sometimes so wish I had a wee girly all of my own – thank goodness for nieces, cyber nieces, and friends’ kids!

butterfly dress

I guess at some point I should also make some trousers for the boys, too, since winter is just around the corner.

~ Dianne

Photoshop, Paint and Publisher Fun

I use Photoshop, Publisher and Paint quite a lot for cropping photos, rejigging the brightness and adding my logo, but not much else to be honest.  There’s not much call for all the flash stuff when all you are doing is showing a photo of what you just made for mooandflo.  So today I thought I’d treat myself and have a little play in Paint and Publisher and creat my own little Flo Warhol 🙂

This is the original photo, showing a reversible dress I made with my friend Megan for her niece.  I chose to play just with the image on the left as it has a nice bold geometric design.

Here are a couple of the altered images

sepia tint 

oil paint effect

And here’s my finished Warholesque creation.

mooandflo montage

I am quite taken with the embossed effect, bottom left.  It looks so gentle and handmade.  You can click on the image if you want to see a more detailed version.

And if you get the urge to have a play too, Paint is free, so just download it at Paint.net and give it a go.

~ Dianne

References:

Learn about and buy Photoshop here

Details of all the versions of Publisher are here

Girls Love Sharks Too

Why do little girls never get clothes with diggers on?  Or sharks or monsters, or  Lightning McQueen and Thomas the Tank?

I mean, since when have exciting things like that been just for boys?

At mooandflo we just go for it and make monster frocks and shark dresses and even – dare I say it – skirts with Cars on them!  I know – it’s total anarchy here in the Waitakere Ranges.

And here’s the funny thing – they actually sell.  Go figure.  Do you think maybe someone should let the mainstream clothes manufacturers know?

Here are some of the cool girls’ clothes mooandflo have made so far:

mooandflo monster frock

shark frock by mooandflo

Lightning McQueen Skirt - mooandflo

pirate dress by mooandflo

So there you have it – just a small selection of mooandflo  girls’ things with a bit of grrrr and oomph and yo-ho-ho.

Now, boys’ clothes in pink, that’s a whole new thing to tackle…

shoes, shoes and more shoes

I’ve become a wee bit obsessed with making iddy biddy shoes.  So much so I am making a wee line of them called little pods by mooandflo.

Children’s shoes are just so cute; you can use such outrageously fun fabrics that most grown ups just wouldn’t wear even if they wanted to.  You can add in big bows, jazzy flowers, loud buttons, dainty lace and all manner of fabulous things – jeepers, it just occurred to me that I could add fake fur !  Lawks, is there no end to the possible fun?

So far the shoes I’ve made have been fairly sane.  Well, sane by my standards anyway.  I’ve chosen some cool, loud fabrics as well as dainty prints, and thanks to Niki at Odd One Out I have used the most fabulous retro cowboy fabric, too.  But so far I have set my sights on getting the designs right, so I’ve not let my imagination run too wild.

These are some of the ones I’ve rustled up so far.  I’ve shown you some of these before, but hey ho I am going to show you again because they make me smile.  (The rest are on my Facebook page here.)

These are the Kimono shoes.  They’re reversible and really cute, especially for slim feet.

Reversible Kimono Shoe in Tiki Print

little pods by mooandflo - kimono swirls and cogs

And these are the ‘Rascals’, which are sturdier and fit a wider of chubbier foot than the above Kimono design.  The aptten I used isn’t reversible but I think I have solved that problem.  The pair below were hand sewn and are my tester pair – a good way to get a proper feel for the pattern, I find.

little pods by mooandflo - 'Rascal'

There are more wee tootsie ticklets to come, but I just had to share what I’ve done so far because they’ve made me so giddy.

Shoes – I just can’t get enough of them!

~ Flo (Dianne) at mooandflo